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I figured out recently that lemonade doesn't have to be hard. You don't actually have to squeeze all of the lemons, all the live long day, to get a perfectly tart, sweet, summer lemonade. I have the easiest fresh lemonade recipe. But first, let's talk about that back porch sitting that makes summer my favorite season.
We have been working on screening in the back porch for a few months now. We only get a few minutes here and there because there is a lot of upkeep around here that takes most of our time...and there's the two kids. I told myself I wouldn't buy furniture until the process was complete, but once the weather turned beautiful I really couldn't resist. There is a still a days worth of work, and a fan to choose, but we are still enjoying the porch and enjoying the lemonade.
We have been forgoing our favorite trash TV shows lately, in favor of back porch sitting in the evening. We put the baby to bed and head straight out, lemonade in hand. We agree that there is no talking. I read my current favorite book, and my husband catches up with social media. The only thing you can hear out here is the wind, and the birds. We live for 6:45. We reach over every once in awhile for a swig of lemonade, or iced tea, I usually have both on hand. We sit there until the sun goes down, and then we eat dinner late. The Farm boy is asleep, The Farm girl is tucked into the den buried in her favorite shows. That hour or so with the lemonade and the silence gets us through the week.
Back to why this is the easiest fresh lemonade recipe. I was perusing the aisles of the grocery store a month ago, and saw a bottle of fresh lemon juice. Not the little plastic yellow lemon squirt bottle. A full jug of "100% fresh lemon juice". It's not something I would really even look for, because I just assume you have to do the work of squeezing fresh lemons. I flipped over the bottle and read the ingredients, it was fresh lemon juice and a benign preservative.
Also, it's important to note at this point that I would never use a powdered lemonade flavored drink mix. Because I hear you saying that, asking me "why". If that's your thing, it's your thing. It's not my thing.
I still didn't believe that it would actually make lemonade though. I was hesitant. When I got home, I made one glass, with stevia....I didn't want to ruin a cup of Stevia if it wasn't actually going to be lemonade.
It was! It was fresh lemonade and I will never go back to squeezing lemons again. I will slice the lemons and throw them in, but I'm not squeezing. This is the best and easiest way to make lemonade for a crowd too! Double, triple, quintuple this recipe if you are expecting a crowd.
Here is the best part about that little jug of lemonade...you can use it to make All. the. lemon. things. I make lemon flavored food all week long, you can use it in that Lemony Farfalline Pasta I posted about a couple of weeks ago! If you haven't tried to it, you need to work on that today!
The Easiest Fresh Lemonade Recipe
makes 4 qts.
2/3 cup Stevia in the Raw
2/3 cup Bottled 100% Lemon juice like this one
1 cup hot water
11 cups cold water
4 cups ice cubes
1 lemon, sliced
In a pitcher, mix Stevia and one cup of hot water.
Stir until Stevia is dissolved.
Add Lemon juice, cold water, and ice, stir
Add sliced lemon
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