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Old-Fashioned Lemonade, a Natural Thirst Quencher Recipe

Don and his wife love to cook. They enjoy new and different recipes and experimenting with interesting combinations of ingredients.


Glass of Lemonade

Glass of Lemonade

Old Fashioned Lemonade

I really can’t think of anyone that I know who doesn’t like Lemonade.

It's a tasty and refreshing beverage that quenches your thirst and provides that tart/sweet flavor that tickles your taste buds.

And, Lemonade, made from natural ingredients can be very healthy for you. It's loaded with Vitamin C and other vital nutrients.

Of course, there are numerous sources of Lemonade on the market today, including Powdered Lemonade, Frozen Lemonade Concentrates, and pre-bottled Lemonade drinks. All of which are available in your local supermarket.

If you are going to sue one of these though, I can only suggest that you read the labels and confirm that you are indeed purchasing real Lemonade or at least a reasonable facsimile.

Make sure that it isn’t loaded with strange chemicals that you might not want to put into your body.

This simple recipe for Lemonade is for those of you that want to make a real, natural Lemonade beverage that you, your friends and your family can enjoy.

Of course, as a warning to Diabetics and the seriousl dieters, it will be loaded with sugar, just like Lemonade has been for ages.

If the Sugar is a problem, then there are some great and natural artificial sweeteners available today that you cna substitute.

This recipe makes 6 or more glasses of Lemonade depending on how much water and Ice you use..

And, check out my book of call Old recipes mentioned belowthat is distributed by my publisher. I collected the books recipes from the people who lived in the foothills of the BlueRidge Mountains, when we lived there in the early 70's.

I think that you will love these old and simple recipes from the past.

Cook Time for Old fashioned Lemonade

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

5 min

15 min

Six Servings or One tall glass per person

Ingredients for Homemade Lemonade

  • 11 Lemons, medium size
  • 1 cup Sugar, granulated
  • 3 cups Water
  • 6 sprigs Mint, fresh

Instructions for Old Fashioned LEMONADE

  1. Place the Sugar and the Water into a pan and heat until the sugar melts and blends with the water.
  2. Remove the Sugar water from the stove and set aside.
  3. Scrape the Zest from 2-3 of the Lemons and set aside. You should have 2-3 tbs. of Lemon Zest.
  4. Roll the Lemons until all are soft and then cut them all in half.
  5. Use a spoon and remove the juice and pulp from the Lemons and place it into a Sieve and and remove all of the seeds.
  6. Press the Juice and Pulp through the Sieve into a large pitcher to be used for serving.
  7. Add the Sugar water to the Pitcher as well as the Lemon Zest.
  8. Then place the pitcher into the Fridge and chill until ready to serve.
  9. Ten Minutes before serving, add ICE CUBES to fill the pitcher, stir well, and allow to sit for about five minutes before serving.
  10. When serving, pour into individual glasses and top each with a Sprig of fresh Mint.

A book about Cooking with Lemons

NOTES for the Chef

NOTE: Although this recipe uses Sugar, for those of you that must use substitutes, the recipe works well if you skip step-1 and just mix the equivalent artificial sweetener and water together and then follow the rest of the recipe

NOTE: If you drink Lemonade often, try these hints for nice varieties in the flavor.

1- Add some pureed berries to the mixture, such as Blueberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, etc,

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2- Add a teaspoon of your favorite spice such as Ginger, Cinnamon, etc,

3- For a little different taste, you can even add a cup of chopped slices of another fruit to the mixture, such as Pineapple, Mango, Peaches, etc.

NOTE: To save a little money, watch the prices of lemons and purchase them when they are low.

NOTE: If you have older lemons, in the house, that have begun to dry out, try this tip. Place the Lemon in a bowl of water for 24-hours, and it will absorb the water and rejuvenate itself.

How to make Lemonade

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on August 15, 2016:

pstraubie48 - You're right, Lemonade is a fantastic drink for our day to day lives, and using Lemons in other foods, drinks and dishes usually not only adds flavor but is good for your health.

I make this whenever we see the price for Lemons drop a little. I'm a cheapie! LOL!


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on August 15, 2016:

Yes please..a glass of lemonade just hits the spot when it is freshly made. I would use honey in place of the sugar as that is my preferred sweetner.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

pinned and shared

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on April 27, 2015:

Love this recipe for old fashioned Lemonade even if we do have to buy citrus fruit here!! Prob would try with sweetner or less sugar but love it and could drink quite a bit. love it up all the way!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on April 20, 2015:

rebeccamealey- Adding other fruits works great. I remember as a kid, we would pick wild berries when they were in season and put together our own concoctions, using the Lemonade Mom kept in the fridge.

It was always tasty to us. Now, supermarkets have a section called Fruit Drinks which are generally a mixture of two different fruit drinks.

Some corporation probably got a patent on the idea. LOL!

Thanks for the read and comment,


Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on April 20, 2015:

Love the pureed berries idea for adding to this lemonade. Good way to make lemonade!

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on April 19, 2015:

Blond Logic- It is a great beverage, especially when you can get the fresh Lemons, like you and I living here in Florida.

And the straw idea? Well, I hadn't tried that, but my wife does use a straw when she drinks a soft drink especially a Cola that is dark colored. It keeps the soft drink from discoloring your teeth. Looks like I will be using straws from now on.



Mary Wickison from USA on April 19, 2015:

We drink lemonade quite often here in Brazil. We have friends and neighbors who have trees here so I rarely have to buy them which makes the juice taste even better. lol

When you drink 'real lemonade' that fake stuff just doesn't cut it anymore. I like your idea of adding ginger as well.

One thing I would like to mention, if you drink a lot like we do it is a good idea to use a straw. That is a lot of acid on the teeth. (my daughter is a dental therapist). The straw still lets you enjoy it but the acid (and sugar) bypasses the teeth.

Great hub and reminder about one of life's simple pleasures. Voting up and sharing.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on February 09, 2015:

pstraubie48- I'm with you. I keep lemons around and put a couple of slices into pretty much whatever I drink, water, tea, whatever. The Lemons are healthy in themselves, and if you make a little lemonade, then you are "walking in high cotton" as my parents used to say.

And thanks for the good words.


Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 09, 2015:

There is almost nothing as refreshing as glass of homemade lemonade This takes me way back...I have not made homemade lemonade for about three years. It's time.

thanks for the recipe

Angels are on the way to you this evening. ps

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on September 25, 2014:

chef-de-jour- Thanks for the read and the Comment.

I'm with you. Lemons are great and I use them in everything I can, especially the water I drink every day.

I have never been to Yorkshire, but I spent several years of my career with Ericsson (a Cell Phone Co.) flying through Gatwick airport every other week or so for meetings in Lund Sweden. So, I did explore out from there a bit. I think those years had an effect on my now living in Florida. LOL!

Have a great day!


Andrew Spacey from Sheffield, UK on September 25, 2014:

Lemons are a chef's best friend! As a kid I loved to eat Lemon Meringue pie made with real lemons and recall watching Wimbledon most years in high summer with icy lemon drinks on the table. So your real lemonade is right up my street and looks to be a total treat. All I need now is some real sunshine and daytime heat - but that could take an age here in the north of England!

Votes and a share for authentic lemonade.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on October 16, 2011:

Wow--I had no idea lemons could be given a spa treatment to rejuvenate them when they got old and dry! ;-)

Bookmarked, voted up, useful and interesting.

Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 16, 2011:

Thanks Tina, perhaps the lemonade might help with the digestion of the Blowfish and Clam problems you have been having? ;>)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on October 16, 2011:

I love lemonade and I prefer it real and natural even though I have to buy lemons in the shop. This recipe sounds very tasty with the fresh mint that I think will improve the lemon taste even further! Thanks for sharing, I will bookmark this and test this recipe next time.


Don Bobbitt (author) from Ruskin Florida on October 16, 2011:

Arlene, lucky enough to live the good life in CAl.! We spent the past winter there in our RV, and we loved it. Were it not for our family all being on the East Coast, we would have moved there. We loved it! And we loved the fact that there were Citrus trees growing everywhere we went. Yum!

Arlene V. Poma on October 16, 2011:

I can drink lemonade all year. I don't have a lemon tree in my yard like most Californians, but this is where my friends come in handy. I am looking forward to sharing their crops and making lemonade in winter. Or any time of the year. Voted up, useful, interesting and AWESOME for my bookmark collection. I do like the suggestions other than plain lemonade.

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