Monday, January 24, 2011

Meyer Lemonade

It's the dead of winter and here I am making lemonade. You know what they say, "If the store is selling cheap lemons, make lemonade." Or something like that...

Meyer lemons are a sort of cross between lemons and oranges. They are usually pricier, but Kroger had bags of them 4 for $5, so I of course had to buy several bags! I've read on other blogs that Meyer lemons make delicious lemonade, so here we are - lemonade in January.

Don't let your grocer's lack (or price) of Meyer lemons deter you. Homemade lemonade is easy, with or without a crazy (yet delicious) hybrid fruit.

It starts out with a simple syrup, which is really just equal parts water and sugar heated on the stove top just until the sugar dissolves. For this recipe, I used 1 c. sugar and 1 c. water. over medium low heat.

My cheap bag 'o lemons.

Make sure you wash them, even though you're only using the juice. 

Cut up 9 - 10 lemons.

Juice those beauties. I originally juiced only 6 lemons, but I ended up using 10 because Meyer lemons are a bit sweeter than the traditional lemon and I did not take that into consideration when adding my simple syrup. It ended up being just shy of 14 oz. of juice.

Pour the juice into a pitcher, and learn from my mistake. Add 4 c. of cold water to the lemon juice and add your simple syrup to taste. Very important so you don't have to continue juicing lemons.

Pour yourself a nice, refreshing glass of lemonade and remind yourself that summer will be here before you know it.

Meyer Lemonade
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:
  • Juice of 9-10 Meyer Lemons (or regular lemons)
  • Simple Syrup (1 c. sugar and 1 c. water)
  • 4 c. cold water
To make simple syrup: Heat 1 c. sugar and 1 c. water over medium-low heat, just until sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and let cool.

Wash and juice lemons. Pour lemon juice into pitcher, add 4 c. of cold water, and add in the simple syrup to taste.

5 comments:

  1. Looks and sounds delicious! As do all the things you make! Where do you find the time?! You're amazing!

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  2. Sorry that was from me - not sure how all this blog stuff works. :P

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  3. Yummy! Makes it feel like summer...well, it would if it weren't for the snow falling outside!

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  4. Lol. To sweet lemonade? I find that hard. To believe. It sounds yummy. Congrats... you made me thirsty!

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  5. Lemonade is also good with agave nectar as a sweetener. It's just not as pretty b/c the agave nectar is a light brownish so it makes the lemonade look a bit dingy. But it's yummy and a bit better for you than granulated sugar. You just have to drink it out of an opaque cup so you can't see it's dinginess!

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