Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Super simple homemade lemonade

My boys love lemonade. It's my husband's favorite drink when he's thirsty at night and Brady thinks of it as a nice treat (so do I!).

But I don't want to buy it from the store. Those versions are usually terribly sweet or have food coloring in them. They can also be pricey.

Somewhere along the line, I found a recipe for homemade lemonade that is really really easy (my favorite!).
So refreshing on a summer. day.
You will find this jug perpetually in our frig. I rarely let it run out.
Here's the recipe I use:

Super simple homemade lemonade

It all depends on the size of your container, but I use a 1 gallon jug.

2 cups lemon juice (I just get the 4-cup Great Value brand for under $2)
1.5 cups granulated sugar
Water enough to fill the 1-gallon jug

Just stir it all up and pop it in the frig. I like it because it is very light, more lemon-y than sweet and is only juice, sugar and water. I also love to mix some of this with grape or cranberry juice and stick it in the freezer for awhile until it turns into a slushie. YUMMY!

53 comments:

  1. I love that it's simple--who has time to squeeze lemons? Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Not me! If it's too complicated a deal I just won't do it, ha! This is so easy!

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  2. My husband makes this all the time! Such a smart idea!

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  3. I have to try this - my kids really love lemonade and so do I! Thanks for stopping by our blog yesterday :)

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    1. Thanks, Daniele :) I love seeing what other people are doing too. I learn a lot.

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  4. Oh man, I definitley have to try this out. My kids and I go through lemonade by the gallon & I bet making my own is much cheaper than buying it :)

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    1. It really is cheaper and better, I think. The store stuff is just so sickly sweet to me.

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  5. I love it that you use the Great Value brand! I admit I was starting to roll my eyes at the thought that to get great lemonade I was going to have to buy lemons and squeeze. But this is great and easy!

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    1. I use Great Value everything, LOL! Most of the time it's just fine. You and I are on the same page with the easy stuff!

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  6. This is fantastic. We all love lemonade here and this will be an absolute hit! Thanks for sharing this :)

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  7. Oh lemonade is so tasty. We have it as a special treat once in a while, so I'm glad you've put up an easy do-it-yourself version that the kids can help with.

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    1. I hadn't thought of that, but yes the kids could really help. I think Brady has in the past but he's bored of it now, ha!

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  8. I will have to try this! Yum! I don't like prepackaged lemonade either. It has a weird taste to it normally. Pinning!

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    1. Thanks for the pin! :) Yes, it must be the coloring that's in it that tastes weird.

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  9. Quick, easy, and simple. Those are the best kind of recipes for me. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Lisa, I totally agree, those are the kind I like too. Thanks for stopping by.

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  10. I love this recipe! Being a mom of a toddler and a newborn, simplicity is key! This is perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. So glad you like it Jessica! It was sure an epiphany for me how easy it was!

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  11. That is perfect! Now I'm craving lemonade LOL Thanks for this recipe!

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    1. I love it because it's such a nice, light taste, yum, yum.

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  12. This is like the easiest lemonade recipe - I make a recipe just like yours, except I never took time to record the exact measurements..

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  13. I pretty much lived off lemonade last summer. This works well with stevia as well if you want less sugar in your diet.

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    1. Hi Jenn. I wondered about that, how it would taste if you used a natural sweetener of some kind.

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  14. My mom used to make it this way and I remember it from my childhood. To bad my kids aren't fans I wind up drinking it.

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    1. Oh really, the kiddos don't like it? Brady doesn't ask for it often, but he enjoys it as a treat.

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  15. My mom used to make lemonade like this when I was a kid. So much easier than juicing the lemons!

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  16. We make a lot of lemonade with fresh squeezed lemons. So good and so refreshing.

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  17. Omg i make this all the time basically the exact same way with smaller portions!!! Great minds man...

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    1. LOL, yes, great minds! I just wish I could remember where I found the recipe the first time.

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  18. I love lemonade, especially the home made variety. My mother makes it with fresh lemons and it's delicious. The perfect summer or anytime drink.

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    1. I just don't have the motivation to fresh squeeze, LOL, that's why I was so happy with this easy deal!

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  19. Wow! That really is so easy!! Ha! There's still a bit of summer left here....I should make that this weekend!

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    1. Oh enjoy that last bit of summer! It's long gone here now!

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  20. We make this same recipe! I get my lemon juice at Sam's club. But it is the same thing! We love it as well!

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    1. Oh cool! I think the Sam's Club stuff is probably close to the same :)

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  21. We love lemonaid too. I will definitely try this. I have all the ingreedents on hand.

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  22. Love this recipe, super easy and fun to do. Since it's just now time to for lemons in our country, we've already started taking the fresh lemons and it's a joy to do the lemonade with them.

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    1. Oh really, just now lemons? I'm not sure when it is here.

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  23. I love simple recipes and nothing tastes better than real lemonade. My son LOVES it and we all enjoy it in the summer.

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  24. I like to make it homemade too because you can control the tart!

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    1. Yes, that's why I like it! I like it more lemon-y and less sugar-y.

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  25. Now that sounds great and simple! I'll be trying it!

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  26. amazingly simple! a local diary makes a great lemonade that is "natural", but this is easy enough for me to do at home. and my kids love mixing it with cranberry drink to get that sour/sweet mix. thanks for sharing!
    I have a great sweet tea recipe that I already do and this will be a great addition.

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    1. Oh man I'd love to try the one from the dairy. How cool. Oh my gosh it is AWESOME with cranberry or grape mixed in. Oh boy, share your sweet tea recipe!

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  27. Thanks for linking up with Bloggers Brag Pinterest Party! I've pinned your lemonade to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board!

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  28. I almost prefer using lemon juice from the container because it has a more tart flavor! I like tart lemonade though, some may not! :-) Thanks for linking up to Good Tastes Tuesday last week! I have pinned this recipe to our GTT board here: http://www.pinterest.com/goldenreflect/good-tastes-tuesday-recipes/. Hope to see you back again this week!

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