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How to make Greek Homemade Lemonade - the old fashioned way using real lemons!

Amanda writes about Greek traditional cuisine. She cooks with love using her grandparents' recipes for super-fast, healthy meals.

Homemade Lemonade, the old fashioned way!

Homemade Lemonade, the old fashioned way!

Greek Homemade Lemonade , the old fashioned way using real lemons!

Lemons, lemons, lemons!

When life gives you lemons, you make Lemonade! That's the old saying.

If you have ever grown your own lemon tree, a bumper crop can produce lots of Lemons. So many lemons that you do not know what to do with. Greeks, of course, never arrive empty handed to a family's house, so this is rarely a problem in our household.

I first tried Greek homemade lemonade at my neighbours' house. We had a backyard gate that would deliver us right into their backyard.

This homemade lemonade drink was all that was on offer when we went to visit our neighbour. I never knew what she was whipping up in the kitchen until one day, I went to look what was taking her so long! There she was hand squeezing her lemons! I had assumed it was store bought Lemon Cordial.

So, now I hand squeeze my own lemons too.

It is a simple, quick and delicious drink to make. This recipe makes enough for 8 people, large pitcher style. Alternatively, there is a suggestion to refrigerate the lemon syrup and be stored like a cordial, ready for individual serves.

I like to serve my homemade lemonade into ice tea or long, cocktail glasses.

Top it with large cubes of ice and mint leaves or add one those little umbrella cocktail adornments with fresh lemon wedges and you will be pretending you are in holidays in Greece!



Lemons ready for juicing.

Lemons ready for juicing.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

5 min

10 min

8 serves

Ingredients

  • 5 lemons
  • 1 cup (250g) white sugar
  • 8 cups (2 litres) cold water
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 5 mint, springs
  • 5 lemon wedges, garnish

Instructions

  1. Wash and slice 5 lemons into 1 cm thick slices. Leave the lemon peel on.
  2. Place the lemon slices into a large bowl.
  3. Hand squeeze the lemons with clean hands. Once the juice is released, strain the juice of any pips.
  4. Add the white sugar to the juice. Whisk and dissolve the sugar thoroughly. The lemon juice will become thick and glossy.
  5. Add the lemon syrup to a 2 litre pitcher. Fill with 2 litres of water, lemon wedges, ice and mint, if desired.
  6. Alternatively, you can refrigerate the syrup at the concentrate stage. To make a single glass of lemonade, use about 1/8 of the lemon squash ratio to glass and fill with iced cold water, mint and lemon wedges.
Sliced Lemons.

Sliced Lemons.

Handsqueezing, the old fashioned way!

Handsqueezing the lemons is a satisfying task! Wash and cut the lemons into 1cm slices. There is no need to peel the lemons. The peel gives the lemon drink much more flavour. I have tried both and much prefer the lemon peel on. It gives the drink a certain extra flavour that I could not even describe.

Once the lemons are washed and ready, start squeezing the lemons. It is a gentle task. Squeezing and scrunching, pressing and rolling. It only takes about five minutes for the whole process.

Hand squeezed lemons and the juice.

Hand squeezed lemons and the juice.

Making sweet lemon syrup!

Next, add the cup of white sugar. Whisk the sugar until it dissolves in the lemon juice. You will see the lemon juice turn thick and syrupy. A taste test at this stage leaves your tastebuds amazed at this delicious, fresh, sweet nectar.


Sugar being whisked into the freshly squeezed juice.

Sugar being whisked into the freshly squeezed juice.

Lemon sugar syrup concentrate (old fashioned cordial).

Lemon sugar syrup concentrate (old fashioned cordial).

A quarter syrup to cup ratio is the perfect amount. This can be adjusted to how strong you like your lemonade.

A quarter syrup to cup ratio is the perfect amount. This can be adjusted to how strong you like your lemonade.

Homemade Lemonade, the old fashioned way. Serve with ice and mint for a refreshing drink!

Homemade Lemonade, the old fashioned way. Serve with ice and mint for a refreshing drink!

Sit back and relax and dream of Greece!

Once you have made this quick and easy drink, sit back and relax! Dream of long, hot summers in Greece!

I have shown the cold, iced, refreshing version of this lemonade, as it is a hot summer, here in Queensland. This can easily be warmed up as a hot drink during the cold winter months.

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade and dream of Greece!

© 2020 Amanda Moraitis

Comments

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 28, 2020:

I love lemons with honey. It helps to reduce sore throats and cough. Great beverage recipe