Recipe for Lemonade and all Variations
Posted on 24th of June, 2010 by Lévana
I never drink soda, and I never serve soda, and nobody ever complains. Au contraire! They all clamor for one of my drinks, in pitchers, which I fill and refill in the wink of an eye. For large parties, I serve my drinks in a fun diner-style three-gallon cold drink dispenser. So:Move over soda and other store-bought un-goodies! Each variation is a snap to make, and fabulous. With each mixture, adjust the water and the lemonade mixture to your own personal taste.
Please don’t be shocked at my suggesting you settle for bottled lemon or lime juice in a pinch: Like me, you will notice at your health food store some very decent unprocessed or minimally processed brands that will do the trick when fresh lemons get too expensive to use in large amounts
4 cups fresh lemon or lime juice (settle for a good brand bottled)
2 cups sugar
Bring the juice and sugar to just below a boil, and turn off the heat. Cool and transfer to a glass jar. In a 2 1/2-quart pitcher, put one cup lemonade mixture and 3 cups water, and complete with ice all the way up. Mix thoroughly from the bottom up.
Note: If you get your hands on superfine sugar, then use it instead of the regular sugar, and no heating: It dissolves instantly.
Sugar-free basic lemonade: No boiling. In a glass jar, mix 4 cups lemon juice with stevia (make sure you get the stevia marked “no aftertaste) to taste. Use this mixture exactly as the mixture above.
Maple lemonade: No boiling. In a glass jar, mix 4 cups lemon juice with 2 cups maple syrup. Use exactly as the basic mixture, but stir the mixture thoroughly before using (maple syrup tends to settle in the bottom)
Ginger lemonade: Same as for the basic mixture, but add 1/4 cup grated fresh ginger to the sauce pan, and strain.
Pineapple ginger lemonade: In the pitcher, 1 cup ginger lemonade mixture, 3 cups pineapple juice, complete with ice.
Green tea lemonade: Steep 6 bags green tea in 1 quart boiling water, and discard the tea bags. In a pitcher, 1 cup basic lemonade, 3 cups tea, and ice.
Raspberry lemonade: Strain 6 bags raspberry (or other herbal tea of your choice: Passion, apple cinnamon, etc…) herbal tea in 1 quart boiling water, and discard the tea bags. In a pitcher, 1 cup basic lemonade, 3 cups raspberry tea, and ice.