When Life Hands You Lemons

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Make lemonade. Or if not, go to the grocery, buy a bag and make it anyway. Buddy has lost interest in his almond milk and either wants water or juice. I only give him juice once a day because of the sugar(and the fact that it really isn’t good), but I figured he was probably getting tired of just having water all the time. I remembered a lemonade recipe I had and thought I would try that. I made it regularly in the past and remembered it being really good. All you need is a juicer, water, sugar, and lemons. It does use a good bit of sugar and I know that will discourage people from trying this. I figured it was still much better than the other junk that is marketed as a healthy drink for kids. I’m looking at you juice.

I have two different kinds of juicer. A hand-held and a cup with the juicer on top. Sorry, I don’t know the technical names for these. I tend to just make up names for things. Usually I just call it a “thingy”. So I prefer the juicer on top thingy. The hand held one is pretty hard to squeeze and doesn’t get out as much juice as the other.

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I like to roll the lemons before cutting to soften them up and make them easier to juice. I also rinse them to get any dirt off so it doesn’t go into the juice. The recipe calls for 2/3 cup of lemon juice, but I usually double the recipe. One bag of lemons doesn’t make quite double the recipe, but I like the way it turns out. You can always add more lemon juice if you like it a little more tart. If you hand pick the lemons it’s usually easier to work with ones that are softer. After juicing I pour the lemon juice into a measuring cup with a strainer on top so I can get out any small seeds and thick pulp. I don’t like pulp in any juice so you can skip this step if you do and can get all the seeds out. I take the back of spoon and press on the pulp to make sure I get as much juice as possible.

pulp

I set aside the juice once I have as much as I need. You’ll take one cup of sugar and one cup of water and bring to a boil. This makes a simple syrup. Once it is ready it will be clear. Let cool.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

The sugar water mixture will be clear when it is ready.

Once it is cool combine your juice, simple syrup, and 3 cups of water. You’re done! It is sooo good, doesn’t taste artificial, and is extremely easy!

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Simple Lemonade

1cup sugar

4 cups water

2/3 cup lemon

Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. Let cool. Juice lemons. Add sugar water mixture, lemon juice, and remaining 3 cups water. Enjoy!