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Feeling Yellow? Make Lemonade

Updated on June 14, 2013

I'm Feeling Yellow Today

My Grandmother once told my Mom , "Never dress that boy in anything but yellow". I didn't know if that was a curse or a blessing. I didn't get my first pair of blue jeans until I was nine, but hey, I turned out okay. I'm balanced. Have a good job. Have a lovely wife to which I have been married to for 20 years. I am doing alright.

Today is a yellow day. Inside at least. I started the day with bananas and granola for breakfast. The day started overcast but I still had a job to do so I got at it and soon the sun was out bright yellow and shining bright. It's all about how you tackle the day. For a break I made a batch of my favorite lemonade and from the picture you can see I am ready for a refill.

I even collected a bunch of yellow M&M's for inspiration.

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New Amazon

Organic Lemons - 10-12 Lb Case
Organic Lemons - 10-12 Lb Case

You could squeeze your own juice but that takes a bit more time.

Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer
Amco Enameled Aluminum Lemon Squeezer

When I use to make lemonade by hand, I would heat my lemons in a microwave for less than a minute before rolling them out on a board a few times. This makes squeezing the juice by hand easier.

Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice - 12/15.2 oz.
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice - 12/15.2 oz.

Sometimes I add cranberry juice because it is good for you.

Sparkling ICE Spring Water, Black Raspberry, 33.8-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 15)
Sparkling ICE Spring Water, Black Raspberry, 33.8-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 15)

I add zip to my lemonade by mixing it up with raspberry sparkling water.


Do You Add Sugar To Your Lemonade?

I am trying to get away from refined white sugar, but abhor the use of artificial sweeteners. I have tried others sweeteners but in lemonade I am still using white sugar, just a lot less. I like to control the sugar this way.Stevia and Agava syrup are a close second for sweeteners. Honey is too thick. Any suggestions?

Do You Add Sugar?

How I Make Lemonade

- it changes daily

I make lemonade the old fashioned way. Squeezing lemons. Adding water and stirring in sugar to taste. It's really simple drink to make but its the variations that bring out the real fun and flavors. There is a recipe card at the bottom of the page.

I struggle to try and keep white sugar out of my diet but it seems with my lemonade it is still the only thing that brings out the real lemon flavors. What I do now is control the amount of white sugar more.

I juice 2 lemons for a 16 oz glass of lemonade. There was a time when I would have put almost a cup of white sugar in for that amount. Now I can get away with 2-3 teaspoons. Its an acquired taste. For more zing I add the zest of the lemon as well = just a few scrapes is all that is needed.

Tip: I make lemonade ice cubes to put in my drinks so I don't dilute the mix as they melt.

I ran out of lemonade ice cubes one day but had some cranberry juice cubes made and tried those. They worked so well I tried mixing other flavors as well.

I started using raspberry sparkling water 50/50 with filtered water when mixing lemonade. That with the cranberry ice cubes make for a great refreshing drink. It's funny how some accidents turn into great inspirations.

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Heat you lemons in a microwave for less than a minute before using them for juice.

Roll them on a hard surface a few times before cutting them in half to juice them.

You'll get way more juice out of the lemons.

I Cheat Now

I use a juicer now for much more than just lemonade. I makes for faster work but I still heat the lemons in the microwave for less than a minute before juicing them. Be warned - a longer than a minute in the microwave you risk making lemon bombs. I know from experience.

Any good quality juicer will work for lemons but if you want to juice anything else best do some research and get a good one.

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Sometimes I feel like I should bottle the stuff

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Cook Time

Prep Time: 5-10

Total Time: 5-10

Serves: 1


  • 2 lemons
  • 2 -3 teaspoons sugar
  • lemon zest


  1. For a 16oz glass. warm up two lemons in a microwave (try 15 sec increments on you microwave until you know the results) Never more than a minute. Take them out and roll them on a counter or other hard surface pressing down on them to break up the internal fibers. Cut in half and juice them into you glass.
  2. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Then add lemon zest to flavor. For me I like a few scrapings from about a half a lemon. Top with filtered water and add ice. Enjoy
  3. Variations:
  4. Note: When doing variations adjust sugar to taste.
  5. Use Raspberry Sparkling water to top up your glass or 50/50 filtered water and Raspberry Sparkling water.
  6. Use a splash of cranberry juice to add variety to the mix or even raspberry ginger-ale.
  7. Make flavored ice cubes so you are not diluting the mix. mix and match your flavored ice cubes for a continuing varied flavor combination.
  8. Explore and make your own variations.
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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @ikdj lm: Yes lemon water is good. I usually order lemon water when I am in a restaurant where I don't know what the water tastes like. Often it is just tap water so I mask the taste with lemon.

      I drink the hot lemon when I have a cold. It does make you feel better quick.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @CaztyBon: True. I never buy the powder though. It always tastes either to sweet or too metallic for me for some reason. But I have been know to buy the ready made stuff when I am feeling lazy.

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      ikdj lm 4 years ago

      I drink half a freshly squeezed lemon mixed with warm to hot water every morning before I start my day. No sugar added. The health benefits are amazing. No more stiffness getting up in the morning for one. Lemons are truly amazing!

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      CaztyBon 4 years ago

      I either buy the lemonade already made or the powder I don't make fresh squeezed anything!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @hkhollands: Remember - no lemon bombs on my watch....

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      hkhollands 4 years ago

      I just love fresh squeezed lemonade; it's make favorite drink. Also, some of my best chlldhood memories are of having a lemonade stand. Thanks for the tip about warming up a lemon before juicing it; I hadn't heard of that before.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      I don't drink very much lemonade, but the other day I had some wonderful strawberry lemonade. It's refreshing on a hot summer day.

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      @RinchenChodron: Truth be told I have resorted to making frozen lemonade when lemons are out of season. If it takes 4 cans of water I use three water and one can or raspberry gingerale. It all works.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      I'm lazy - just bought some bottled lemonade today. But your's actually sounds delicious.