Homemade Lemonade With Meyer Lemons

A Meyer lemon / Photo by E. A. Wright
A Meyer lemon / Photo by E. A. Wright

Meyer Lemonade

Lemonade made with Meyer lemons is a mild yet memorable drink. Squeeze the juice out these lemons, and you'll discover an atypical flavor. Meyer lemonade is much less bitingly sour and acidic than conventional lemonade.

It's a mild lemonade that some people love, and it's the flavor of the homemade lemonade that I grew up with. Be sure to try Meyer lemonade at least once.

Beyond the flavor, the best thing about making lemonade with Meyers is that the lemons are so easy to squeeze.

Meyer lemons have a thin, flexible skin, and just a little pressure with your bare hands will release the juice. Keep squeezing and massaging the lemon rind in the palm of your hand, and the lemon juice will keep trickling out, down to the last drop. There's no real need for a lemon squeezer.

Here's how to turn that juice into a refreshing, homemade summer drink.

Making Meyer Lemonade

A sliced Meyer lemon
A sliced Meyer lemon | Source
A Meyer lemon
A Meyer lemon | Source
Add crushed rapsberries to Meyer lemonade to create a pink drink / Photo by E. A. Wright
Add crushed rapsberries to Meyer lemonade to create a pink drink / Photo by E. A. Wright

Ingredients

  • 8 Meyer lemons (7 lemons for the lemonade and 1 lemon for decorative slices)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 gallon of water (16 cups)
  • Ice

Kitchen Supplies

  • Measuring cups
  • Large lemonade pitcher
  • Strainer
  • Knife and cutting surface
  • Lemon squeezer (optional)


What To Do

  1. Slice 7 of the lemons in half and squeeze out the juice.
  2. Strain the juice and discard the seeds. (Meyer lemons can have many, many seeds.)
  3. Pour the juice into the pitcher and add the water and sugar.
  4. Stir the lemonade until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Slice the remaining lemon into thin rounds. Add some to the lemonade. Use the rest to decorate the lips of lemonade glasses.
  6. Chill the lemonade and serve it over ice.

Variations

  • Pink Lemonade With Meyer Lemons and Raspberries: Thoroughly mash 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries in 1/4 cup of water. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to catch the raspberry seeds, then add the raspberry water to a pitcher of fresh Meyer lemonade.
  • Meyer Lemon Slush: Make Meyer lemonade using only 3/4 gallon of water. Pour the lemonade into a blender and fill the blender with ice. Crush the ice with the lemonade and serve the slush at once.

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