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Old Fashioned Lemonade

Old Fashioned Lemonade

I love real honest old fashioned lemonade.  Not the fake kind with millions of ingredients.  Simply: Lemon, Sugar & Water.  That’s all. My daughter has the same love for simple lemonade. She has been very interested in making and creating the things she can in the kitchen of course, so we made old fashioned lemonade yesterday.  So easy, so delicious.  The cherry variation makes my heart go pitter-patter. I love the old fashioned lemonade at the stands at the Iowa State Fair, but with a few extra lemons, some sugar and water you can have an amazing treat.  (And much cheaper than $3.50 per glass.  Thank goodness.) *Full recipe at the end of the post.

I’ve made a honey lemonade that has won a blue ribbon (or two)… same recipe, just substitute honey for the sweetener and then I added 1 TBSP of raspberry puree to each glass.  Garnish with raspberries on a skewer.  Pretty!

I caught my little helper enjoying her treat outside after she helped me clean up after baking classes.

Cherry Old Fashioned Lemonade Halle

To get a little flavor boost, finely grate the zest the lemon and rub it between your fingertips with the sugar to perfume the sugar and utilize the oils from the zest of the lemon.  You’ll have little flecks of zest in your drink if you do that, and the flavor will amaze you!

I just use a simple workout water bottle for mixing.  Definitely fun for the little ones to shake!

halle lemonade shaker


Old Fashioned Lemonade and Cherry Lemonade

By: Cristen

To make 2 generous sized drinks you’ll need:

1 large lemon (zest and juice) (use 2 small lemons if your lemons aren’t big, mine was HUGE!)

6 TBSP granulated sugar (more or less to taste– we like sweet things!)

20 oz cold water

Finely grate the zest of the lemon, rub together with sugar, if desired.  (Skip this step if you don’t need extra lemon flavor or don’t want bits of zest in your drink).

Combine lemon juice, sugar and water into a shaker bottle.  Shake for 30 seconds.  Pour over ice and serve cold.

*To make Cherry Lemonade: add 3 maraschino cherries and 1 1/2 tsp grenadine syrup to each glass of ice.  Pour prepared lemonade on top of ice.  Serve immediately.

Cherry lemonade

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  • Reply Mommar6 March 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    I look forward to trying this. Reminds me of the shake-ups at the fair.

    • Reply Cristen March 31, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      I love how refreshing they are at the Fair. My great friends Kayla and Chris (both from Chicago area) called them Lemon Shake Ups… I never had heard that term until a few years ago! I noticed last year that one of the stands says “Lemonade Shake-ups” Love it. :)

      • Reply Mommar6 March 31, 2014 at 11:01 pm

        Yes. They are called lemon shake ups. Wonder if that’s an Illinois title. I live in IL also

  • Reply Janna June 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Cristen, I have been making this with Gus for the past few years too! He loves it and loves helping make it- juicing the lemons and scooping sugar and shaking it up (we just use mason jars)! I love that I can control the sugar and like you said, don’t have any extra ingredients or preservatives. I’ve never thought to add cherries or berries but will give it a try! Just got the link to your blog a couple weeks ago and really like it!
    Janna Hansen-Nolin

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