A Talk Drink of…Lemonade! Part 1

Is there anything that shouts ‘kid’ or ‘summer’ more than homemade lemonade and selling little cups of the stuff at make shift lemonade stands? This is a great way to spend quality time with the kids – and even find the mini entrepreneur in your family!

And don’t worry parents… I have a special treat for you, too – who says lemonade is just for kids?

Kids

Classic Summer Lemonade

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemons (about 3 lemons)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • Lemon slices


Instructions:

Squeeze juice from the lemons (a great way for the little ones to really get their hands in the game!)

Put the sugar in a heat-safe bowl and add the boiling water. Stir carefully until all of the sugar is dissolved.

Add the cold water and lemon juice to the sugary water mixture.

Refrigerate until cool and add the ice and slices of lemon.

Looking for a fun way to get the kids to eat more fruit? Make an assembly line of bowls filled with berries, watermelon and melon and invite them to garnish their cool drinks with whatever they want!

Grown Ups

Blueberry Lemonade with a Kick!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh blueberries
  • a few mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons gin or vodka
  • ½ cup ginger ale 
  • ice cubes
  • lemon wedges, blueberries and more mint (for garnishing drinks)


Instructions:

In a tall glass, muddle blueberries, lemon juice and mint.

(Muddling means to combine… well, I usually smash… ingredients, in the bottom of a glass, by pressing them with a muddler before adding the liquid – a muddler is a pestle-shaped tool usually made of wood. If you don’t have one of these, no problem – just use the bottom of the handle of a wooden stirring spoon and presto! Grown up lemonade!)

Add ice and top with alcohol and ginger ale. Stir, garnish as you like and your party is ready to get started!

Do you have the best lemonade recipe you’ve ever tasted? Stay tuned for another summer challenge, coming up!

-Dean

 

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Gourmet Dad
  • Jun Alapag

    also orange juice. great for the summer.

  • Dean McDermott

    Mmmm, and grapefruit juice is always good, too!