Savoring the Season: Making Lemonade

Lemonade is iconic of summertime in America.  So, why would I post a recipe for fresh lemonade in the dead of winter when most of the country is in a deep freeze?  The reality is that lemons are a winter fruit  (grown in warmer parts of the country) and now is the time to enjoy fresh homemade lemonade.

I used my Meyer lemons that I harvested this season from my backyard tree.  Meyer lemons are not as “mouth puckering” as other varieties and is believed to be a cross between a Lisbon or Eureka lemon (most common in the grocery store) and a mandarin orange. This makes for a slightly sweeter lemon that has more floral notes and is perfect for lemonade.

Would you believe that I have never made fresh homemade lemonade?  Never, until recently.  There is no turning back, I am hooked.  This will make a beautiful addition to our Sunday Supper gatherings.

Perfect Lemonade
Serves 6
Recipe from Simply Recipes

1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
1 cup water for the simple syrup
1 cup fresh lemon juice 
3 to 4 cups cold water to dilute
1.  Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.
2.  While the sugar is dissolving use a juicer to extract the juice from 4-6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.
3.  Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher.  Add 3-4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.  Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.  If the lemonade is still a bit sweet add more lemon juice.


36 thoughts on “Savoring the Season: Making Lemonade

  1. I wish I had a Meyer lemon tree! (I guess I don't really because it would have lemon popsicles on it instead of juicy lemons.) I just bought a bag of them, and that lemonade looks mighty tempting right now! 🙂


  2. this is one of my beloved drink; would you believe I cannot drink it unless it is homemade? it is like salad dressing, could never use these bottles! anyway, with all your posts on your Meyer lemons, I have got the urge to find them or grow them, or something! love that pic!


  3. We rarely have Meyers in our stores here in PA. I may just need to speak with the produce manager, lol…I LOVE lemons in the winter time, Velva. Citrus season means Spring is right around the corner and lemonade is the icing on the cake! I need to make me a supply of simple syrup and some \”real\” lemonade ASAP! Thanks for the reminder Velva. P.S. I just added your link to my sidebar so I remember to pop in more often for goodies, lol…


  4. I came by to return the blog visit and thank you form commenting on mine and what a treat meets my eyes when I get here! I'm so amazed you got all those Meyers lemons. My top harvest was three one year, just enough to make my great-grandmother's lemon cream pie.


  5. I want a Meyer lemon tree! That would mean I live in a warm climate and could actually make fresh lemonade, instead of the frigid zone! It's funny that you've never made it, I understand that totally, being in similar circumstances. Now, I have to check out the lemons at Jewel!


  6. This is perfect for the hot weather we're having now on the other side of the world 😉 I've always wanted a lemon tree….I'd love to have access to lemons whenever I want! Your lemonade looks amazing! I might have to give this a try one day when I get my hands on some lemons 😀


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