So last week, with it being the beginning of July and all, I realized that it’s officially summer. (Duh.)
If you live in Michigan, like me, or anywhere in the mid/east/northern section of the country you’re in a constant up-and-down in the months of February through May. We had 70 degree days in February this year. We also had snow in April. It’s ever changing.
About this time every year I realize, Oh! I need to start enjoying summer now that I know it will officially stick around now! (Also, I’m obsessed with fall, so excited about that, too.)
Every summer I like to make lemonade. I usually only do it once, because I forget how much work it is, and my family chugs it down so it doesn’t really last more than a couple hours. (Which I should really take as a compliment!)
Last week I bought a whole bunch of lemons at the grocery store with the intent of making lemonade, and this morning I came across a recipe that kicked me into action.
I found Sheena’s blog Noshtastic via Pinterest (is there anywhere else to find anything of importance?!) What originally drew me to her site was her attention to food allergies, diseases, and preferences. My husband and I try to eat a mostly-paleo diet, and what I like about Sheena’s recipes is that they are all clearly noted with Vegan, Vegetarian, GF, Paleo, etc. labels, so they’re easy to sort through!
Now this lemonade was definitely not paleo, but OH SO DELICIOUS!
The simpler the recipe the better. I tend to stray away from any recipes with too many ingredients. Sheena’s Fresh Squeezed Lemonade was a perfect fit for this. All you need is sugar, water, and lemon juice.
The only thing I did slightly differently was that instead of putting in 4 -5 cups of cold water at the end, I put in 3 cups of cold water and about 8 ice cubes (#impatient).
The process is quite easy. You can get the full recipe and instructions (and helpful video) here, it was very easy to tackle. So easy that I think I will make it more than once this summer.
Cost comparing, it’s the same or less than store bought lemonade. The lemons cost me $0.33 each (times 7, so $2.31 total), and the sugar… maybe another $0.50. Collectively under $3, and it took less than 10 minutes to make. (It probably would have been quicker if I hadn’t lost the top to my electric citrus juicer!)
This Lemonade is so refreshing. Store-bought has its place but this was definitely a perfect summer treat without comparison.
Here’s a thought. If you’re anything like me then you ashamed that you usually don’t use all of your produce every week. When you have leftover citrus that’s about to go, juice it and pour the juice into ice cube trays and freeze. Then, once you’ve collected an ample supply of citrus juice, use it to make this lemonade. I would love to try this recipe with a mix of oranges, limes, and lemons.