cooking with kids · Recipes

Fresh Lemonade-Cooking with Kids

Okay so last weekend it was 55 degrees and rainy. Not exactly Spring-like weather! Today, it’s 90 degrees and humid and hot…so still not Spring, more like Summer. Oh well, it doesn’t matter because with Memorial Day weekend upon us, I have all things summer and hot on the brain anyway…as do my kids!

My son LOVES lemons. Always has, even as a baby. So for him, lemonade is a treat, especially our homemade lemonade as it tends to not be as sweet as store-bought. So anytime he sees lemons in the store, he BEGS me to make “lemon juice-aid” as he calls it. And now he’s old enough to help, it’s almost a weekly request! Here is the tried and true recipe I’ve used for years!

Fresh Lemonade (makes 2 quarts)

  • 1 cup blue agave nectar OR 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice (fresh if possible
  • 2 cups ice
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 8 cups cold water

Mix the boiling water with the blue agave nectar, set aside to cool. Juice the lemons and strain to remove any seeds, if needed. Stir the lemon juice into the nectar and water mixture. Add the ice and stir until ice cubes are almost melted. Add the remaining cold water and stir to blend. Serve over ice, refrigerate any remaining lemonade. Use within 10 days, especially if using fresh lemon juice as it can get stronger over time and make your lemonade more tart!

Note: Feel free to add more or less lemon juice & agave nectar to adjust the taste…this is what everyone in my extremely-picky-and-no-one-likes-the-same-things family enjoys.

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