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Fresh Lemonade By Juicing

Updated on August 29, 2014
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Beauty In The Eye ...

Is there anything prettier than a bowl of fresh lemons?

I love everything about lemons. They have cleansing properties, health benefits and even smell good. Huffington Post has a great article on the health benefits of lemons. On a hot day, whether in the muggy southern USA or the hot and dry midwest, lemonade brings relief. It accommodates long visits with friends and family on the front porch.

One of my favorite variations for lemonade is to include mint with the ice in the ice crusher. Fill the glasses with ice and set them in the freezer until serving time. Make the lemonade a bit sweeter than you normally would so as the ice melts the lemony taste isn't watered down.

Everyone Loves Lemons, Right?

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Speed Up Prep Time With A Juicer

Making lemonade is easy. Using my juicer makes it even easier. Usually I hand squeeze my lemons with a manual juicer. They come in a number of varieties. Mine was a glass jar with a reamer attachment. There's also the type with a motorized reamer. A larger version of the garlic press is a great squeez reamer as well. Using my Breville brought the process to a another level entirely. Prep time was only 25 minutes from peeling the first lemon to mixing the sugar water and lemon juice.

I freeze the rind for use in other projects like syrup for Baklava and Bessaboussa. The pulp can be frozen too in ice trays. You can then add cubes to smoothies and juices. It's also a good way to have pulp to add to muffins and quick breads.



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  1. Add the sugar to two cups of water. Start with one cup then increase as desired for taste preferences.
  2. Run them through the juicer.
  3. Pour the lemon juice into a two-quart pitcher.
  4. Stir in the lemon and water mixture. Taste a small spoonful. Ad more syrup to taste. Remember you want it a bit more sweet or tart than desired because you'll be adding water to bring the pitcher to two quarts.
  5. Fill to the top of the pitcher.
  6. Refrigerate until chilled or serve immediately over ice.

Just A Few Things For A Delicious Lemony Ambrosia

  • 8 - 12 Medium Lemons
  • 1 - 2 Cups Sugar, Depending on taste preference.
  • Water

What do you think?

5 stars from 7 ratings of Lemonade Recipe

Easier Than You Think

Prep time: 25 min
Cook time: 4 hours
Ready in: 4 hours 25 min
Yields: 2 Quarts (Cook Time=Chill Time)
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Sweeteners

I used white sugar in this hub. However, it's possible to use raw suger, agave syrup, Truvia or another type of sweetener. Please be sure to make a small batch at first until you're sure of how much of another type sweetener will be required in proportion to your test batch. Visit this article on properties of some sweeteners.

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Fruit Peeler

Tupperware Citrus Peeler Lot 4 Assorted
Tupperware Citrus Peeler Lot 4 Assorted

A must have in the kitchen. I keep my nails pared short so peeling fruit can be a challenge. This handy peeler has a scorer on one end and a flat end for lifting the peel from the fruit.

 

What goes well with lemonade?

I like salty things with lemonade. Pretzels are the best idea. Hard cheese and salty crackers are another great combination. When I make pretzels, I use this recipe. Other snacks with a briny taste, like celery, go well with lemonade also. Hummus served with celery sticks would be a great snack. Finger sandwiches are another option. Cucumber sandwiches come to mind. I'd not use any mayonnaise when serving lemonade or uncooked milk products. Even though I prefer salty foods with lemonade, some people actually prefer a variety of sweets.

Lemonade and Homemade Soft Pretzels

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thanks, peachpurple, for stopping in and commenting. Yes, my instructions above suggest adding sugar to taste. I also add the sugar to the fresh squeezed juice before I put it in the pitcher and add water.

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i tried making lemon juice but it turn out sour. Maybe i should add in some sugar

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Cheeky Kid, thanks for stopping in and commenting. I know a lot of people who like their lemonade like you. Let me know how yours turns out.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Jackie Lynnley, thank you for the welcome. Lemons do have so many uses. I have a bunch of them sitting in the freezer for the winter. Nothing like lemon stewed with sweet spices, honey and a few other lovely things. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Sorry to be so late getting back to you.

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      Cheeky Kid 3 years ago from Milky Way

      I gotta try that out. I love lemonade after all. It's my favorite drink. Also, I like it sweet-and-sour. :D

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I almost always keep lemon but let many go to waste; now I will try to do better with them. I grow my own mint so will try that; sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to HubPages.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      I love lemonade, smine27. I'm glad you visited and commented, thank you. I've been using agave nectar to sweeten an individual cupful. It takes a few minutes to dissolve, but works well with the juice. Honey also works well.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      OH gosh, now I'm craving myself a tall glass of this stuff.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Frank Atanacio, thank you for stopping in and commenting. It is as far as I'm concerned. I'm playing with variations on lemonade now.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      it has to be the best way to make lemonade.. voted useful and awesome :)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, ecogranny, that's a great idea. I wonder if freezing the rind of oranges and lemons would work as well. I make a yummy toddy with lemon rind, orange rind, ginger, honey lemon juice, a bit of water, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg boiled together. It might not cure a cold but it sure makes me feel better when I drink it. It's mighty tasty.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Stopped back by after receiving an HP notification of more comments and found your reply to mine stating that you also freeze fresh ginger the same way. I will have to try that as well. Perhaps even freeze them together, because when I'm sick, quite often I don't have the strength to squeeze a fresh lemon and grate the fresh ginger. With individual doses frozen in ice cubes, I could easily make a pot of fresh lemon-ginger tea. Thank you!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Why, kenneth avery, your high praise makes me blush, however kind it is. That's the beauty of the HubPages community, the sense of camaraderie one experiences with the various Hubbers. Thank you again and glad you're enjoying this hub. :D Have a great evening.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Arachnea,

      It is my distinct pleasure to read your work and view your presentations. You always do an excellent job of both.

      Kenneth

      Your Fan and Friend

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thank you, kenneth avery. Hope you week goes well also. I appreciate your stopping in to visit.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      OhMe, thanks for stopping in and commenting. The juicer makes the job a lot easier. Now if only there were an easier way to make the peeling part way easier.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 3 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I love fresh lemonade and have a friend who is a festival vendor who makes the best ever. I will have to share this with him.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Yummmmm! Arachnea!

      Perfect! I could go for one right now. No. Make that three. Love this stuff.

      YOU are very welcome for my LOVING your work and talent.

      I wish you a Safe Week ahead.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Wow, kenneth avery. I don't think a diet like that would work for me. However, for making a slushy type lemonade, I was thinking of putting the juice and other frozen fruits in the blender I use to chop ice and then giving it a turn for that slushy quality and then ad a banana for a little added, je ne sais quoi. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Susan, it's well worth the pucker. ;) The only other lemon juice I can dring is from Chick Fil-A. They use real lemons instead of a mix. I'm glad you stopped in and commented.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Susan Zutautas, I'm so glad I decided to get the juicer. I figured it's the last way I was going to get myself to have more fruit. I don't miss the pulp because I can always add more back in. I've not found a fruit combination that doesn't work and having lemon juice for a base works really well. Let me now how you like it when you get it. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      LOL, Arachnea,

      I could use some slushy-type lemonade right now. I read somewhere in a magazine I think, about a super-weight loss vehicle only drinking lemonade and pineapple juice three times a day for a week. Then eat lightly for a week then restart the juices.

      I can live with a diet like that.

      Bless you for being my friend.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      My mouth is puckering already!

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Tanya, I've always wanted a juicer and I'll have to put this on my wish list for Christmas. Your lemonade sounds so inviting. Voted up +++ sharing and pinning.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thanks, kenneth avery, I appreciate your stopping in to say hi. I hope things are doing well on your end. I've actually been playing with my lemon juice recipe of late and hope to post some of the variations. Glad you like the writing. It's something I enjoy doing. Just not enough time to get 'er done.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Arachnea . . .I was flying over and thought I would hover and say hi to you.

      And tell you how much I appreciate you and your writing. Plus, your following too.

      Love, Kenneth. Your Friend for Life.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Great to see you, smine27. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      I love lemonade especially when made fresh. Can't resist.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      You're welcome, teaches12345. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I think the juicer extracts more of the juice than I ever did by hand.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      Now you have me craving lemonade and soft pretzels. I do have lemons in my fridge so I can make a batch when I get off of here. I usually use a hand juicer but it looks like a juicer may be much easier and faster. Thanks for the idea.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thank you, kenneth avery. I appreciate your stopping in and commenting. Glad you liked the hub so well. There's actually a lemonade diet out there, but I don't think I'll be wasting good lemonade on dieting. I love lemonade also. For my next experiment, I plan to add a bit of grapefruit to the mix.

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      Kenneth Avery 3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Arachnea,

      Right on! Just right. Love lemonade anytime of the year.

      I love this hub. This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

      I loved every word. The graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and very interesting.

      Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

      You have such a gift for writing. Keep the wonderful hubs coming.

      Sincerely,

      Kenneth Avery, Hamilton, Alabama

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thanks for stopping in and commenting, Cari Kay 11. A lemon tree would be great to have. I'm toying with the idea of a mini. Home grown lemon trees can be sweeter sometimes than store bought lemons. How long before the tree starts to produce?

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, Marisa Wright. Sorry to take so long to get back to your comment. I wish they had a regular market here. Fresh lemonade would be perfect for sipping as I wander through the stalls. I appreciate your taking the time to visit and comment. Thank you.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      Growing up, we had a giant lemon tree in our yard and always made our own lemonade. We finally planted our own lemon tree a couple years ago and I am eagerly awaiting the lemons :)

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      Kate Swanson 3 years ago from Sydney

      I love fresh lemonade. Most open-air markets here have a fresh lemonade stall and there's nothing more refreshing on a hot day when you've been trudging round the market. I've never been satisfied with the fresh lemon juice I've made myself, not sure why.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thank you, ecogranny, for stopping in and commenting. I'm glad the tips are useful to you. I freeze fresh ginger the same way. It's great for use in cold tonics.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Love lemonade! One of my favorite beverages, hands down, especially if it's not too sweet. What I like best about this page are the tips you provided for using all the parts of the lemon. I will definitely try freezing the pulp in ice cube trays for use in smoothies.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Rhonda Lytle, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. It's amazing how food can be so good at bringing back old memories.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Pawpawwrites, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Lemonade is perfect for the Texas summer heat as well. This winter I want to play with a warm lemon juice beverage that has mint added.

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      Rhonda Lytle 3 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I haven't made Lemonade since I was a kid. We used to make huge coolers full at a time. I never thought of doing it with a juicer. Thank you for bringing up fun memories and new options.

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      It sounds very good, especially with the weather we have been having.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, favored. Glad you stopped in and commented. Thank you. My tongue does flip-flops anymore when I so much as look in the direction of bottled lemonade. Let me know how yours comes out.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Can't make it like my mom. This week I was in the mood for some so I bought a bottle of lemonade. Big mistake, it wasn't good. So this recipe is timely. Thanks.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Brite-Ideas, thanks for your visit and comment. Yes, it's so easy. And the juicer I use is really easy to dismantle, clean and reassemble. Let me know how yours comes out.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I have to say I have never thought to use our juicer to make lemonade with fresh lemons? and I LOVE lemons - the way you explained in the intro is exactly how I feel about them! love love love them - I'm absolutely going to try and make fresh lemonade with lemons!

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Thanks, someonewhoknows, for stopping in and commenting. Yes. There are so many wonderful products in nature for cleaning and health. Lemon is one of natures most diverse for such.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      You're welcome, esmonaco. I appreciate your stopping in and commenting. The most time-consuming part of making lemonade is the peeling. The little peeler in the picture and other types helps. Also, sitting in front of a good movie while peelign helps also.

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      Lemons are natures cleanser. Internally as well as externally.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I love lemonade, I've never made it fresh but you sure have made it easy to give a try. Thanks :)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, mumsgather. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Then the pics are doing their job! Lemon has such a fresh clean scent. It brightens the day after just a whiff.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      BarbaraCasey, thanks for stopping in and commenting. At 94 degrees, I'm sure it would be perfect to whip up a batch. I can see why people from previous generations lived so much longer and happier lives. They worked hard to accomplish things we do now with a machine or gadget.

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      I love the smell of lemon. I can smell the juice just by looking at your pics!

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      BarbaraCasey 3 years ago

      Goodness... I've got my grandmother's old hand juicer. Good wrist exercise with 8-12 lemons. But it's been 94 degrees here lately and lemonade sounds like a wonderful idea just now.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      RachaelOhalloran, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Yes, the juicer does spoil a body. Let me know how you like the mint. Thanks for the up vote.

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      Rachael O'Halloran 3 years ago from United States

      I make a batch of homemade lemonade every week but I'm not brave enough to try to make soft pretzels. We like our lemonade on the sweet side and only with fresh squeezed lemon juice. I just love my juicer and don't want to remember the years of hand squeezing now that I'm so spoiled with the juicer. Your recipe is almost exactly like mine except for the mint. I will try it in this week's batch. Voted up.

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, aka-rms. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how it turns out. I also got an itch for soft pretzels while I was sitting here, so I've started some. They're tons better than the mall.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      You've convinced me to give this a try. I've never made my own lemonade before.

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