While the amount of sugar in lemonade keeps it from being a “health food,” it still has a lot of beneficial qualities.
- Lemonade is high in vitamin C ~ a known booster to the immune system, which can also help prevent asthma.
- Lemon juice is a natural diuretic, and good for the urinary tract.
- Working with lemons that are bright and sunny and have that great “lemony” smell is a mood-booster and makes your heart happy!
- Lemonade is good for tummy issues.
- The citric acid in lemonade can help break down calcium deposits, gallstones and kidney stones.
- Lemons contain several anti-cancer compounds.
So, let’s make some lemonade!
1.5 cup sugar
To start, mix 1.5 cups of sugar with 2 cups water, and cook on medium heat in a sauce pan to make a syrup. While it’s cooking, you can start squeezing your lemons. If you roll the lemons on the counter before you cut them, it helps get the juice flowing and makes them easier to squeeze. Use a mesh strainer to keep from getting the seeds in your lemon juice. Ideally, you want one cup of lemon juice for each pitcher of lemonade. This recipe makes 2 pitchers. To just make one would be too little — it disappears FAST.
Fill your two pitchers with ice, pour half your syrup into each pitcher. Add 1/2 the lemon juice to each pitcher as well, and then fill the remainder of the pitchers with water. Stir well.
It tastes so good with fresh lemons, you’ll never want to go back to that yucky concentrate stuff again!