Ditch the processed powdered lemonade drink! You can make this quick and easy real homemade lemonade recipe using fresh lemons and a few simple ingredients. It only takes a couple minutes longer but it tastes so much better!
It is unseasonably warm around here.
It feels more like August than April, and so I am hoping to inspire you to make homemade lemonade this summer instead of using a powdered drink mix. Reading through the ingredients of both options should easily show you which of the two is a more natural and frugal choice for your family. There may be over 40 ways to use lemons, but homemade lemonade is the best one!
Ingredients: SUGAR, FRUCTOSE, CITRIC ACID (PROVIDES TARTNESS), CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF NATURAL FLAVOR, ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), MALTODEXTRIN, SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM CITRATE (CONTROLS ACIDITY), MAGNESIUM OXIDE (PREVENTS CAKING), CALCIUM FUMARATE, SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, YELLOW 5 LAKE,TOCOPHEROL (PRESERVES FRESHNESS). CONTAINS: SOY.
There is nothing natural or safe about that!
It’s certainly nothing I want to put into my children’s little bodies. You know, I wonder how many times I have given drinks like this to my children and then attributed their behavior to naughtiness when in reality their bodies simply couldn’t handle the chemicals I had served with a smile. Now I always make it a habit when they are out of control, bouncing off the walls, having meltdowns, etc.. to do a quick review of their diets for the last day or so to see if there was something in it that is causing them to struggle with control.
This homemade lemonade recipe is slightly modified (in other words, I added a lime) from a Laura Ingalls Wilder’s recipe that I found in Laura Ingalls Wilder Country: The People and places in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life and books. When you’re done reading the Little House series to your children, do yourself a favor and see if you can get your hands on a copy of this book. It turns the tales into living history!
Real, homemade lemonade is ridiculously simple to make and the children love to help juice the citrus (though I do a double check to make sure they squeezed it all out.) Be sure to save your rinds from the lemon and lime and use them to make Citrus Vinegar.
Real, Homemade LemonadePrint
- 3 lemons, juiced
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 cup evaporated cane juice, or sugar (Buy cane juice here.)
- 1 cup water, boiling
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Add the the evaporated cane juice (or sugar) and continue boiling for a minute until the sugar is dissolved.
- Stir together the sugar water and juices from the lemons and lime in a pitcher and then fill with water.
- Refrigerate the lemonade until it iscold or add ice to speed things along.
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