Home Grown Lemon Bonanza!

by Wendy Copley on June 22, 2009

Home made strawberry lemonade

One of the things I like best about living in the area I do are all of the fruit trees. In just our immediate vicinity, our neighbors’ yards have pear, plum, apple, apricot, and lemon trees and our next door neighbors’ kiwi vine grows over the fence into our driveway. Occasionally, we are the lucky beneficiaries of big, fresh, delicious bags of fruit and I’m thrilled every single time one comes our way. Last week we took home a bag of Meyer lemons that one of the parents at Wyatt’s preschool brought in to share.

I used a half cup of the juice to make Bakerella’s awesome, fantastic lemon bars, but that barely made a dent in our bounty, so Wyatt decided we should make some home made lemonade. Good idea, Buddy! Further discussion determined that the lemonade should be pink. It got me wondering what exactly pink lemonade is. A quick Google search told me that pink lemonade is pink from dye being added. There are lots of stories about the origins of pink lemonade, but this one says that the first batch was made using water a circus horse rider had been using to wash her red tights with. Um….disgusting.

We were fresh out of water infused with horse sweat and toxic 19th century dye, so I decided to use some strawberries from the freezer instead. Another Google search led me to a gazillion recipes for fresh lemonade, all with slightly different ratios of lemon juice, sugar and water, but in the end I settled on this one as a starting point: 3 parts lemon juice, 2 parts sugar and 4 parts water. I still needed to get the strawberries in there and I also found the lemonade was pretty sweet from the addition of the strawberries so ended up adding more water and ended up with this recipe:

Strawberry Lemonade

2 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 big hand full of strawberries, fresh or frozen (this results in about a 1/2 cup of puree)
2 cups sugar
5 cups water

Juice the lemons, straining out the seeds and pulp.

Thaw the strawberries, if using frozen. Puree with a hand blender (or regular blender or food processor). Push the puree through a fine mesh strainer to get get out as much of the solids as you can. Some seeds will come through and that’s OK.

Mix together the lemon juice, strawberry juice, sugar and water. Stir until sugar is desolved.

Try not to guzzle it all immediately!

Next time I get a bag of lemons, I’m going to try making this with mangos or raspberries. Wouldn’t that be good?

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  • shannon

    Beautiful!! And mango lemonade sounds delicious!

  • shannon

    Beautiful!! And mango lemonade sounds delicious!

  • Karol

    95 degrees here in the shade with humidity at 100%. I could really use a big glass! Have you given up on the iced tea? The color is really beautiful.

  • 95 degrees here in the shade with humidity at 100%. I could really use a big glass! Have you given up on the iced tea? The color is really beautiful.

  • Aren’t Meyer lemons sweeter than regular lemons? My new favorite drink is an Arnold Palmer. I’m wondering how the strawberry (or mango) lemonade would taste mixed with iced tea. Hmmm.

  • Aren’t Meyer lemons sweeter than regular lemons? My new favorite drink is an Arnold Palmer. I’m wondering how the strawberry (or mango) lemonade would taste mixed with iced tea. Hmmm.

  • Karol — I’m still an iced tea drinker! We just needed to make use of the wonderful fresh lemons we got.

    Alexis — The Meyer lemons are sweeter, so I think that was part of the reason that I needed the extra water to cut the sweetness. I bet it would be awesome mixed with iced tea.

  • Karol — I’m still an iced tea drinker! We just needed to make use of the wonderful fresh lemons we got.

    Alexis — The Meyer lemons are sweeter, so I think that was part of the reason that I needed the extra water to cut the sweetness. I bet it would be awesome mixed with iced tea.

  • gabbe

    YUM!! & perfect for our first day over 105 here in Vegas in several weeks!! Thanks for sharing the recipe-we’ll be guzzling it soon for sure!

  • gabbe

    YUM!! & perfect for our first day over 105 here in Vegas in several weeks!! Thanks for sharing the recipe-we’ll be guzzling it soon for sure!

  • YUM!! & perfect for our first day over 105 here in Vegas in several weeks!! Thanks for sharing the recipe-we’ll be guzzling it soon for sure!
    Oops…forgot to say great post! Looking forward to your next one.

  • Yummy yummy!

  • Yummy yummy!

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