How to Make Homemade Lemonade

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Homemade lemonade make with fresh squeezed lemons is a sweet, sour and refreshing beverage that goes great with outdoor spring and summer entertaining. Follow the step by step instructions on how to make homemade lemonade for a thirst quenching beverage to serve at your next picnic or barbecue.

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The lemons should be room temperature or warmer before the juice is removed. This will make it easier to squeeze the juice from the fruit. Approximately 8 to 10 medium size lemons will be needed to produce the 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice required for this recipe.
Warm lemons by placing in the microwave. First poke the skin of the lemon with a fork, being careful not to poke all the way through the skin to the flesh.

Place the lemon(s) in the microwave on high for 20 to 30 seconds.

Lemons can also be warmed by placing them in a bowl and pouring boiling water over them. Allow them to sit in the hot water for 30 seconds.
After the lemons have been warmed, roll them on a solid surface using the palm of your hand. Roll until you feel the flesh softening.

After rolling the lemons, cut them in half crosswise. Place one half of the lemon on the juicer, apply pressure and twist the lemon to remove the juice. The juice can also be removed by squeezing the lemon by hand.

Remove all the seeds from the juicer once you have finished.

The extra pulp that has collected in the bottom of the juicer can be added to the lemon juice once the seeds have been removed, unless pulp-free juice is required. If it is necessary to use pulp-free juice, strain juice to separate any pulp that may have gotten into the juice.
In a saucepan, bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and then add 1 1/2 cup of sugar.
Continue to cook over medium low heat until sugar has completely dissolved.

Remove from the heat and add 1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice. Stir to mix thoroughly and then allow the mixture to cool. The lemon syrup can be stored in the refrigerator until needed or it can be mixed with water to produce lemonade.

Option: For additional flavor, add 3/4 tablespoon of grated lemon zest when adding the fresh lemon juice.

To make lemonade, add lemon syrup to 4 1/2 cups of water. Taste to test for sweetness. If necessary, add a little more water. Refrigerate until chilled or serve over ice.

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"Interesting article. I love lemonade but have never made fresh squeezed. I wonder if it is really worth the effort. I am going to have to try making it this summer and see for myself."
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"Looks great AND easy! Perfect for this weekend to bring to the softball games. Thanks!"
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