There’s something about a cold glass of lemonade that’s super refreshing on a hot summer day. It seems that the combination of lemons + sugar + ice is truly thirst-quenching and this Fruity Lemonade recipe is also extremely easy to make gluten-free!
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One summer, some friends invite me over for dinner. Once I arrived, my host and hostess served me 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.
This recipe consists of Country Time Lemonade Mix, 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.
NOTE: 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 gluten-free lemonade mix with 1 cup of sugar, (feel free to adjust the amount of sugar to make it less sweet), and 1 quart of 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 it into thin slices.
Add the orange, lemon, and lime slices to the warm liquid and stir. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
Once the lemonade has cooled, carefully add 1-quart cold water and enough ice cubes to fill the pitcher. Stir well.
I suggest making the lemonade the day before because this allows time for all of the juices to beautifully blend together.
Also, don’t be afraid to make another batch of lemonade liquid and add it to the same fruit. 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!
- 1 heaping cup of Country Time Lemonade Mix
- 1 cup sugar, or to taste
- 1 quart boiling water
- 2 large navel oranges
- 1 lemon
- 1 lime
- 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.
- Squeeze the juice of one whole navel orange into the hot lemonade liquid.
- Wash off a lemon, lime and navel orange, and cut into thin slices.
- Add fruit to warm lemonade liquid and stir. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature.
- Once the lemonade has cooled, carefully add 1-quart cold water and enough ice cubes to fill the pitcher. Stir well.
This fruity lemonade is the perfect beverage to serve at a BBQ, picnics or family reunions, birthday parties, pool parties, summer bridal showers, or an outdoor wedding reception, etc… and with all of the fruit slices floating around it makes a pretty drink as well.
What is your favorite summer drink?
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