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I love Lemonade and one of the great things about being in California at this time of year is having lemon trees around! We have our own lemon tree in our RV site and if we run out, there are lots of people who give away their lemons. Also there are lots of grapefruits and oranges too….it is like Citrus heaven here.
The lemons are literally falling off the trees and I am surprised more people aren’t picking them.
Graham has been enjoying lots of fresh grapefruits and we have a juicer so we have been making lots of fresh juice.
I used the juicer and made a nice large jug full of Lemonade – here’s the recipe. It’s easy to do and you can adjust the amount of sugar you add. I like mine with 2/3 cup sugar for a batch and I add 5 cups cold water. Adjust yours to taste!
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup lemon juice
3 – 4 cups cold water
Start by making a simple syrup using 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Heat the two together slowly on the stove and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Let it cool.
Juice up 6 or 7 fresh lemons (we bought a Black and Decker juicer, and it sure beats hand juicing!). I usually juice up enough lemons for two batches of lemonade. I just keep the extra juice in a jar in the fridge.
Put the 1 cup of lemon juice in a large jug and add the sugar syrup. Then add 3 or 4 cups of cold water. Keep your Lemonade in the fridge and enjoy! You can also make Lemonade ice cubes to keep on hand to add to water or other fruit drinks.
I would love to have a large glass solarium on our Valley house with a few citrus trees growing inside.