This homemade lemonade recipe is the best lemonade you will ever try! With a surprising step you'll never guess, this will be a new family favorite this summer! Try it today!
Everyone thinks they make the best ever homemade lemonade right? And every one has their own special way of making this classic drink.
But when my friend told me about her lemonade recipe, the surprising step she added had me intrigued! I had a feeling it would be a game changer, and I was right!
Squeeze some lemons, add water and sugar to taste. That's it for most people. But not my friend Melissa! Oh no, she had to take lemonade to a whole new level!
Forget mint lemonade, or strawberry lemonade. This classic version will knock your socks off and leave you smacking your lips and looking for more!
Best Ever Homemade Lemonade
The surprising step takes place right off the bat! Instead of juicing the lemons, sweetening the juice and moving on, this recipe starts with a completely different take on the classic lemonade recipe!
First, peel 5 lemons, place the peels in a bowl, and cover them with sugar. I use 1 cup of white sugar, others like 1.5 cups instead.
Let this mix soak for an hour to really pull out all the oils and flavor from the lemon peels!
After the hour is up, pour 1 gallon of boiling water over the mixture.
If you don't have a bowl large enough to hold a gallon of water, just pour the peel and sugar mix into the pot in which you boiled the water!
Let this mix soak for another hour
Juice your remaining lemons, or if you chose a mix of lemons and limes, juice whatever you have. 10 lemon and/or limes works best.
Remove the lemon peels from the boiling water soak and add the fresh juice. Stir well and taste. Add additional sugar as needed.
Your homemade lemonade is ready! You can pour it over ice right away, or chill for several hours before serving.
I prefer mine chilled for 4 hours in the fridge, then served straight without ice (as pictured).
Either way, this lemonade recipe is a winner!!
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Best Ever Homemade Lemonade
This easy homemade lemonade recipe uses the full lemon to extract the best flavor and lemonade experience you've ever had! Serve chilled or over ice!
- 15 lemons optional: mix of lemons and limes
- 1-1.5 cup(s) sugar
- 1 gallon spring water
- Optional: Mint leaves
Peel 5 lemons. Place peels in a bowl and mix with 1 cup of sugar. Soak for an hour.
Once an hour has passed, boil a gallon of water and pour the boiling water on the sugar/peel mix. Soak for another hour.
- Juice 10 lemons or a mix of lemons and limes.
Remove the lemon peels from boiling water mix. Add juice to sugar water mix and stir well.
Serve immediately over ice, or chill for several hours before serving.
Optional: Add mint leaves once cool to garnish. It looks nice, but won't change the flavor much!