Ever wake up and have the craving for fresh squeezed lemonade? No? Me neither! But apparently the small humans that live in my household do and they will beg ALLLL day until I finally break and let the word slip out, “OK”.
Wait… No! I meant no! Inside I start panicking…
But I’ve already said it. Those two letters that are a binding contract for small dictators. “OK…” I say again defeated.
So it begins. We hand squeeze lemons, but let’s face it, I am the BEST lemon squeezer in all of the land, so I have to do most of the grunt work. Plus, one of the kids always has a microscopic cut in their hand that burns when the lemon juice touches them.
“It’s been 20 minutes and we only have how much juice?” Alright it’s time to move on.
The kids love helping me stir all the ingredients together. Of course it is never sugary enough for them so we always have to add more sugar. Then they each need a turn stirring it, again.
Alas, we are finished. My kids have puckered lips and by this time, I may or may not have needed to add some vodka to my lemonade.
If you are also interested in appeasing the tiny humans in your household, I have attached my recipe. You may want to double or triple it. This makes about a quart because that’s all the juice I can squeeze before going insane.
About 6 lemons (7 if you want some fancy garnish)
1 – 1.5 C sugar (tiny people say it needs at least 1.5 C)
5 C water
1) Hand squeeze lemons to get approx. 1 C lemon juice, or if you are smart you have a juicer. Set in the fridge to chill.
2) Make some simple sugar by mixing 1 C sugar and 1 C water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer until sugar is dissolved. Chill in fridge… or add ice cubes to cool if the little people are too impatient to wait.
3) Mix the remaining 4 C water, lemon juice and simple syrup into a pitcher. Pour over ice and enjoy! (Adding alcohol to your glass is optional)