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Tips To Make the Perfect Lemonade

Winter has come and gone, and a chilly spring has left us yearning for bright and sunny weather. Summertime is officially right around the corner. The thought of quenching your thirst with a nice, cold glass of lemonade makes us excited for the days to come. 

But what makes a perfect glass of lemonade? While it may seem simple enough to mix water, lemon juice, and sugar, there are a few adjustments you can make to make a memorable lemonade for summers to come. 

Choosing the Right Lemons 

Whenever you walk into the grocery store, the produce section is filled with loads of fruits and vegetables. One glimpse at the lemons, and you find lemons of all different colors, shapes, and sizes. 

Choosing the right lemons is fundamental to having the perfect lemonade. Choose a lemon with bright, yellow skin. Always go for the lighter lemon with thinner skin, as this indicates more juice. 

Use Simple Syrup 

Have you ever made yourself a beverage that, when you stir in the sugar, it just sinks to the bottom instead of dissolving? Unfortunately, this is very common. If you were to rely on this method for your lemonade, it would not have the sweetness appropriately distributed throughout the drink. 

Instead, make a simple syrup, in which you heat equal parts water and white sugar to a simmer and whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. Allow the simple syrup mixture to cool down first. 

Clearly, you can see just how customizable lemonade can be. It doesn’t have to be boring, either. Try this delicious recipe with a watermelon twist.

Chunky Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup raw sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cups seedless watermelon puree
  • 1 fresh lemon, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon flesh (optional for the “chunky” element)

Directions:

  1. In a half-gallon pitcher with a lid, mix 1 cup of the water with the sugar until the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the rest of the water, watermelon puree, sliced lemon, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Stir to mix well and chill thoroughly.
  2. For the chunky watermelon lemonade, stir in the 2 cups of chopped watermelon at the end.

Add Ice Right Before Serving 

When we make lemonade, we more often than not make a big pitcher so the whole family can enjoy it. However, a common mistake is adding the ice from the very beginning and pouring glasses throughout the day. The ice will inevitably start melting and tamper with the taste of your lemonade. Instead, only add ice to the glass right as you’re going to have a drink.

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