Warmer weather has finally arrived on the East Coast. I thought Winter was going to hang around forever! We can finally sit outside on our deck and enjoy and a nice cold glass of homemade lemonade.
I grew up spending my summer's in Ocean City New Jersey where you see fresh-squeezed lemonade all over the boardwalk. I tried my first lemonade from the boardwalk last summer. Do you believe that? I never wanted to try it, because of all the lemon pieces floating in the drinks. I grew up drinking the powdered stuff!
As I have gotten older I have become less picky and actually like adding fresh lemon to water and teas. Lemonade has been something that I have made a lot, likely because of the assumption that it's rich in sugar and calories. This recipe though is pretty low in sugar and can also be made with Stevia to reduce the calories even further.
Tips for making fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade:
- Use the juice from a lemon. In a pinch, you can you bottled lemon juice, but it's just not the same.
- If you don't want lemon pulp in your drink squeeze the lemon over a strainer.
- You don't need a juicer. You can just use your hand to squeeze the lemon, however, a juicer will allow you to get all the juice out.
- You don't need to add lemon slices. I just did for the photos!
- You don't have to use simple syrup. You can use any sugar or sugar substitute you are comfortable with.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ice
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons Simple Syrup or use 1 teaspoon granulated Stevia
- Place ice and water in a glass.
- Add in fresh squeezed lemon juice (about ½ lemon)
- Sweeten with simple syrup or Stevia.