Fresh Homemade Lemonade

Lemonade is one of those beverages that just hit the spot. Considering how hard we work each day – between jobs, school and family – I want to offer a little reminder and a simple recipe. In order to keep up with our busy lives, we have to remember to take care of ourselves. Each day, try to take a little time for yourself – either in prayer, meditation or just curling up in your favorite chair with a good book or a craft project. Add a hot beverage for those cold days, or a frosty glass of Lemonade for the hot ones. A simple way to end a great day!

Homemade Lemonade

Ingredients:

8 lemons
1 cup sugar (more or less, to taste)
6 cups water (more or less, to taste)
A sprig of mint per glass, if desired

Directions:

Juice the lemons. In a small saucepan add the juice and sugar.   Cook over low heat and stir just until sugar dissolves. Do not boil! Allow to cool.

Using a strainer, pour juice/sugar mixture into a large pitcher.  Top with water, and stir until well blended. (Make sure you leave some room for the ice!)  Pour into a glass and enjoy! (This is a tart version – for a sweeter version, add a bit more sugar to taste!)

*Here’s a little trick to get as much juice as possible from your lemons. Before cutting in half, roll across the counter several times, pressing firmly with the palm of your hand. This breaks up the pith and allows for more juice!

Need a batch of delicious cookies to go with your Lemonade?  Try a batch of Amy’s Cookies.  Easy to make, delicious, and perfect for an afternoon break!

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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