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Homemade Lemonade with just the right amount of sweetness is the perfect, easy four-ingredient drink for your next gathering.
Did you have a good Memorial Day? Bob wanted to barbecue at a beach about an hour away from us, but I really just wanted to stay home. As much as I love park get-togethers, the work of it makes me tired. I won, this time, and we had family and friends over to the house.
It was a gorgeous day so we got out Julia’s water table and kiddie pool. We also snagged a new (to us) patio set from a mom-to-mom Facebook group so we got some new cushions and gave it a wipe down and had a nice setup on our deck.
Last week I was shopping at Kroger and picked up Rubbermaid’s limited edition Lagoon Blue pitcher and party platter which came in handy for our spread.
Bob wanted to make his grandfather’s lemonade recipe, which somehow, hasn’t come up before. I love lemonade but I’m pretty picky about it. I don’t like it too sweet and this was perfect. I didn’t even water it down which I normally do with all juices (persnickety, right? I’m like a child). It will be known as Grandpa Dusty’s Lemonade around here.
The Rubbermaid pitcher was perfect for this lemonade since it has three lid settings – free pouring, closed, or ice guard, which was also great for catching the lemon slices.
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice this was 4 lemons for us
- 7 1/4 cups water
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice
- Roll then squeeze the juice from lemons until you reach 1/2 cup. This took 4 regular sized lemons for us). Slice the lemons you just squeezed and set aside.
- Into a large pot, add the water and sliced lemons. Bring to a slight boil (about 8 minutes).
- Add in the sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Use a strainer to pour the sugar water into the pitcher to catch any lemon seeds and pulp.
- Add in the fresh lemon juice and bottled lemon juice. Stir.
- Let chill 2-4 hours in the fridge (we left ours overnight) then enjoy!
I love that the party platter has a lid. Not only does it make for easy transport, had we gone to the beach, but I hate seeing flies or bugs flying near food so having a lid is perfect. Plus, it has a separate compartment in the middle with a lid for dips – I had hummus in mine today.
I contributed my favorite potato salad and roasted zucchini to the spread. Bob grilled chicken, hamburgers, sausages, and corn on the cob. It was a great spread and the perfect lowkey holiday.
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So, what did you do for the holiday? Did you cook?