The array of powdered drink mixes on the market may make you opt for convenience over taste, but lemonade made from real lemon juice has a more intense, fresher flavour. With lemon juice concentrate you can make a homemade lemonade tailored to your tastes without the hassle of juicing lemons. If you're concerned about calories and sugar, you can substitute the sugar with low-calorie sweetener.
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Things you need
- 2 qt. pitcher
- 1 cup lemon juice from concentrate
- 3/4 to 1 cup (or to taste) sugar or sugar substitute
- 6 1/2 cups cold water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 lemon (optional)
Pour 3/4 cup of sugar or granulated sugar substitute into your 2 qt. pitcher. You can always add more later if it is too tart, but start with 3/4 cup.
Shake the container of lemon juice concentrate before using. Pour 1 cup of juice into the pitcher.
Add 6 1/2 cups cold water and mix thoroughly. Taste. If necessary, add up to 1/4 cup sugar (or more, depending on your preference).
Add 1 cup of ice cubes and stir.
Pour into tall serving glasses or tumblers.
Tips and warnings
- Serve immediately and store any leftover lemonade in the refrigerator.
- Add four or five thick slices of lemon to the mixture for better appearance and flavour.
- If you add lemon slices to your lemonade, wash the lemons well beforehand to avoid food-borne illnesses.
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