There’s something so refreshing about a cold glass of lemonade on a hot day. The combination of lemons + sugar + ice is truly thirst quenching.
But what if we add a few more ingredients?
One summer, years ago, we had friends invite us over for dinner. Once we arrived, our host and hostess served us a tall glass of ice cold delicious lemonade. I practically chugged the first glass and quickly asked for a refill. It didn’t take me long to ask our hostess what her secret was in making this unbelievably refreshing beverage.
The very next day I went shopping and bought all of the ingredients to make my very own lemonade and I have been making it this way ever since. Now let me show you how it’s done.
Country Time Lemonade Drink Mix (but any brand should work), 2 large navel oranges, 1 lemon, 1 lime, 1 cup sugar, (you can totally leave out the extra sugar if you like your lemonade a bit on the tart side), and ice. Oh, by the way, this beverage is gluten free. As of the writing of this post, Country Time Lemonade Drink Mix is labeled gluten free. All other ingredients are naturally gluten free.
Mix 1 heaping cup lemonade mix with 1 cup sugar, (feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to make it less sweet), and 1 quart boiling water. Stir until the powdered mix is dissolved, then transfer to a large pitcher. *If you are using a glass pitcher you may need to allow the liquid to cool off a little so that the hot liquid doesn’t break the glass.
Next, squeeze the juice of one whole navel orange into the hot liquid. Personally, I like a lot of pulp in my orange juice. If you do not like a lot of pulp, then simply strain the juice.
While the lemonade is cooling, cleanse the lemon, lime and remaining navel orange and cut into thin slices.
Once the lemonade has cooled, carefully add 1 quart cold water and enough ice cubes to fill the pitcher. Stir well.
I like to make my lemonade the day before I want to serve it, refrigerate it overnight, then serve it the next day. This allows time for all of the juices to beautifully blend together. If you serve all of the lemonade, don’t be afraid to make another batch of lemonade liquid and re-add the same fruit one more time. I have done this before and it works well. I also love eating the fruit slices after they have soaked in the lemonade for a day or two. So yummy!
This fruity lemonade is the perfect beverage to serve at a BBQ, picnics or family reunions, birthday parties, pool parties, summer bridal showers or at an outdoor wedding reception, etc… and with all of the fruit slices floating around it makes a pretty drink as well.
To find pretty glass serving pitcher similar to mine click on this link – Clear Glass Pitcher or if you are looking for a large lightweight acrylic container that features a no-drip, easy-pull spout for dispensing click on this link – Creativeware 3-Gallon Unbreakable Beverage Dispenser.
What is your favorite summer drink?
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