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Old Fashioned Refreshing Lemonade Recipe

Updated on June 22, 2013

Lemons! How Refreshing!

Lemons are naturally fat burners and thirst quenchers that are loaded with Vitamin C!  A nice cold, delicious glass of lemonade combined with the hot summer sun can be quite relaxing.
Lemons are naturally fat burners and thirst quenchers that are loaded with Vitamin C! A nice cold, delicious glass of lemonade combined with the hot summer sun can be quite relaxing. | Source

Relax on Your Porch or by Your Pool and Enjoy This Delicious Beverage

What can be better on a hot summer afternoon than a cold glass of homemade lemonade? This recipe is so simple, nutritious, and refreshing. There are only 4 ingredients. You mix them together and chill the citrus concoction and enjoy!

The lemon juice is loaded with vitamin C. Lemon juice is also a fat burner. It helps to boost your metabolism and aids in digestion. The orange juice is a high vitamin C food as well. By adding a little orange juice the bitterness of the lemon is curbed and less sugar is needed for sweetening.

Obviously the sugar in the recipe is the least healthy ingredient. You may substitute with an artificial sweetener if you choose to. You may want to take into consideration the chemically based artificial sweetener compared to natural sugar and which is actually healthier. Of course, the sugar will have more calories, but will also provide more energy on those hot days.

The adult variation of this beverage would be to reduce the sugar amount by half and add an ounce of flavored vodka. Orange, lemon, or even strawberry flavored vodka would be quite yummy. If you choose to enjoy the adult version of the beverage, please understand that the calorie count per 12 ounce serving will change from 83 to 122 calories.

Not only does this beverage look delicious, it is delicious!  Make sure you find time to give it a try this summer; or anytime during the year!
Not only does this beverage look delicious, it is delicious! Make sure you find time to give it a try this summer; or anytime during the year! | Source

When chilled and served over ice with a lemon or orange wedge as garnish, your back yard bar-b-queue or pool party will can enjoy this tasty summertime beverage. Not only is this a suitable refreshment during the summer, but this treat can be enjoyed all throughout the year.

The beverage can be enhanced by light snacks like Monterey jack or Pepper jack cheese and wheat crackers. Sliced or chunks of melon make for a tasty side kick as does a salty snack such as pretzels or nutritious protein rich nuts.

The recipe makes a half gallon of lemonade. It yields about five 12 ounce servings. Use a 16 ounce glass, however since it is served over ice.

Homemade Lemonade Without Substitutions

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 12 oz in 16 oz glass
Calories 83
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 40 g13%
Sugar 40 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 1 g2%
Cholesterol 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 cup Orange Juice
  • 1/2 cup Sugar, Raw sugar is best
  • 6 cups Water

Instructions

  1. Mix room temperature water with the sugar until it is completely dissolved.
  2. Add the fruit juices and chill in the refrigerator.
  3. Serve over ice with a straw and a lemon or orange wedge for garnish.

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      Mmargie1966 4 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you all so much for your input! I appreciate each and every comment.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      A great thirst-buster for this gut-punching heat wave of New York City (and elsewhere in the country).

      I used to get bags of humongous lemons from my good friend in West Australia, where you really need lemonade by the tankful.

      Artificial sugar is not a good idea though, as studies show carcinogenic tendencies. The only safe substitute so far is Stevia, from a plant. It is completely natural and has many health benefits.

      Thanks for your delicious recipe.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      Few things taste as refreshing as truly homemade lemonade - it's such a great combination of tart and sweet, and there's actually something comforting about it. I miss the days when we had open-air porches and everyone sat to enjoy iced drinks in the shade, while they escaped the heat! Voted up and up!

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      wayseeker 5 years ago from Colorado

      I've never tried lemonade with OJ in it. This sounds interesting. I love making fresh juice in the summer, so I'll give this one a try. I'm especially interested to see how it might taste with a bit of tequila in it (my personal preference).

      Thanks for the idea!

      Bert

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I hope you enjoy it, Nettlemere!

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      Nettlemere 5 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      My mother used to make this and it was delicious. Don't know why I never thought to try myself. Your recipe will spur me into the purchase of lemons to give it a go.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you for your comments, Brandon, Simone and TahoeDoc! I really appreciate your input and I hope you enjoy the beverage!

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      TahoeDoc 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe, California

      Oh man, this sounds refreshing right now. I like the addition of the orange to cut down on sugar- I haven't tried that, but it sounds good.

      I also appreciate a versatile beverage that can become an adult drink with a slight modification :)

      I'm craving lemonade now.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I love drinks like this that can be easily modified to become adult-friendly, but are also accessible to kids and non drinkers. Great recipe!

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      Brandon Martin 5 years ago from Colorado, USA

      Home-made lemonade is never the wrong way to go. My younger siblings love it when I make them lemonade.

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      Mmargie1966 5 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Enjoy Chris! I've had some this morning already (of course without the vodka). Thanks so much for commenting!

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      Chris Merritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      Tis the season! Sounds delightful, I have never tried it, but it IS on my plans for today!

      Thanks

      Chris

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