How to make homemade sparkling lemonade

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How to make homemade sparkling lemonade
Adding sparkling water gives standard lemonade a burst of fizz. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Lemonade not only tastes refreshing on a hot day, it also provides a vitamin C boost. Adding sparkling water or club soda gives this summer standard a bubbly twist. Start with fresh lemons or packaged lemonade concentrate; either method works well with sparkling water to produce a drink that has all the flavour of lemonade with the tongue-tingling carbonation of soda.

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Things you need

  • 10 to 12 lemons, or can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • Strainer
  • Measuring cup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Saucepan
  • Lidded pitcher
  • Sparkling water or club soda

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    Fresh Sparkling Lemonade

  1. 1

    Squeeze sufficient lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice. Strain the juice into the measuring cup to remove seeds and pulp.

  2. 2

    Bring the water to a boil and add 1 cup of sugar, stirring constantly, until all of the sugar dissolves. Turn off the heat as soon as the sugar crystals dissolve to form a simple syrup.

  3. 3

    Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher. Add the simple syrup to the lemon juice and stir.

  4. 4

    Add sparkling water, club soda or seltzer water to the lemon juice and simple syrup. Taste the mixture frequently after mixing a portion of the sparkling water into the lemonade base; those who like stronger lemonade can stop adding water, while those who prefer a lighter lemon taste can add more.

  5. 5

    Chill the lemonade for a few hours or overnight. Keep the lid on the pitcher to slow carbonation loss.

    Sparkling Lemonade from Concentrate

  1. 1

    Read manufacturer's directions on the can of frozen lemonade concentrate to ascertain the amount of club soda or sparkling water needed to mix with the product.

  2. 2

    Open the can of concentrated lemonade and place the slushy concentrate in the pitcher.

  3. 3

    Add sparkling water or club soda to taste, checking frequently to find the preferred proportion of liquid to concentrate.

  4. 4

    Refrigerate the mixture, making sure the pitcher's lid fastens tightly to keep the bubbles in the lemonade where they belong.

Tips and warnings

  • Replace the sugar in fresh sparkling lemonade with sugar substitute according to package directions for a sugarless version of the drink.
  • Try a mixture of still water and sparkling water for less carbonated, but still slightly bubbly lemonade.
  • Serve lemonade over ice and garnish with mint leaves, slices of lemon or maraschino cherries.
  • Fresh sparkling lemonade will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days before its flavour and carbonation begin to dissipate; lemonade from concentrate should last a day longer.
  • Pour leftover lemonade into ice trays and freeze to make tasty cubes for adding to other drinks.
  • Tonic water resembles club soda, but the bitter drink will ruin a pitcher of lemonade; steer clear of tonic water in favour of mineral water or seltzer.

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