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

  • 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.


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

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

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

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

  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!