Tasty Tuesday: Homemade Lemonade (the lazy version)

Things are starting to heat up around here…and fast! Time to dust off those BBQs, clean off the patio furniture and plan some fun pool parties!

Nothing compliments an outdoor BBQ (and yes, vegans BBQ) better than an ice cold glass of refreshing lemonade. Needless to say I was pretty stoked to discover my Costco now carries organic lemonade. Yippie! I purchased some on a recent Costco trip. While checking out, the cashier notes my lemonade and comments that they just started carrying it. “I know! I am so excited!” I replied. “Eh, I just make my own” was his reply back to me.

Mmmmm, yeah… homemade lemonade sounded kind of amazing. I often see it for sale at Farmer’s Markets for like $4+ a cup. Surely it cannot be that hard to make…or costly either? Especially here in Arizona where lemons are plentiful. People are always trying to give away citrus fruits here (which for the record I will gladly accept any overstock of citrus! 🙂 )

So I looked up how to make lemonade and all the recipes coming up involved pots and stove tops….huh? That sounded way more complicated than I thought it would be. Can’t I just throw lemons, water, and sugar in my blender like I do everything else? Sure! Why not? I decided to give that a go instead of messing with making a simple syrup, rolling lemons, squeezing lemons, and yada yada yada.

So ta-da here it is…my lazy version of homemade lemonade. It will literally take you about 2 minutes to make and even less time than that to clean up. Although hopefully it lasts a little longer than 2 minutes in your family; which is rarely the case in our home. As soon as my boys hear the blender turn on, they run into the kitchen. My two year old will grab a cup and insist I pour him some of whatever I making…doesn’t matter when I try to explain to him that it is pesto sauce and we generally don’t drink pesto by the cupful. To him I speaking complete nonsense. If it comes from a blender, it must be enjoyed via cup according to my toddler. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 generously sized lemon, peeled

3 cups of water

1/3 cup of sugar (you could experiment with other sweeteners…I just happen to have a ton of organic cane sugar that my hubby thought we needed…if it says organic and is on sale, he buys it thinking I will be super excited…it’s actually quite endearing…even if it means our pantry is over flowing with cane sugar)

handful of ice

Directions:

Throw ingredients in a blender and blend for a minute or two. You can serve it over ice just like this, however it will be rather pulpy. Some people prefer pulp (and enjoy/appreciate the nutrients in it). My kids however do not. So I strain our lemonade through cheesecloth much in the same way I do almond milk. I simply place the cheesecloth over the pitcher and pour lemonade directly from blender over the cheesecloth into pitcher. Serve over ice. 🙂

Some fun variations:

  • Throw a handful of strawberries  (frozen or fresh) into the blender for a yummy pink lemonade.
  • Mix half lemonade and half of your favorite ice tea together for a refreshing Arnold Palmer.
  • Serve with a sprig of mint and sliced lemons for an extra flavor boost.

ENJOY!

-Sarah

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