In the mood for a delicious, refreshing drink but your taste buds are no longer excited about the lemonade you have bought? Then let yourself be inspired and create your own homemade lemonade.
Who doesn’t love a glass of refreshing lemonade? During my first pregnancy, I craved that delicious citrus flavor more than just about anything else! But sadly, many premade processed lemonades have a high sugar content that makes us thirstier! So we have to drink more and more.
The WHO recommends just 25 g per day, so just a glass of lemonade might exceed this daily requirement of 8 cubes of sugar! Conventional lemonade contains between 45 g and 100 g of sugar per liter, and diet versions full of artificial chemicals aren’t any better.
So what should you do if you want a refreshing drink, but simply don’t like pure water and tea is too tasteless for you? Make your own lemonade!
Advantages of homemade lemonade
When making your own lemonade, you can determine the ingredients yourself. You can decide
- which taste you want
- how intense it should be
- the sugar content
You can be creative and always create new soft drinks, substituting sparkling water for still. Furthermore, your homemade lemonade is free of additives.
You can also infuse your lemonade with different herbs and fruits spray special scents that can have a stimulating effect on our body. For example, researchers have found that the scent of lemon has a stress-reducing effect. So combine that with some rosemary or mint for a relaxing indulgence!
The shelf life of fresh lemonade
Homemade lemonade should last at least three days, and possibly up to ten days depending on the ingredients you use. Lemons and limes are natural preservatives, so your delicious drinks might even stay fresh for longer. You could also freeze your homemade lemonade to use as refreshing popsicles during the warmer months, which would extend the shelf life indefinitely!
Here are some ideas to jazz up your lemonade for a fun beverage year-round:
Homemade lemonade recipes
Sweeten your lemonade with fresh or frozen fruit so you still have the special cooling effect in summer and you can enjoy fresh fruit in winter.
Freestyle homemade lemonade: If you don’t have time to find a lemonade recipe, let your taste buds be your guide. Just take a few fruits and water and put them in the mixer with some lemon juice. Depending on the type of fruit you use, you can also add something to sweeten your drink, like maple syrup or honey.
Skinny Lemonade: This lemonade offers refreshing sweetness, but because it uses stevia instead of sugar, it contains far fewer calories than other lemonades.
- Lemon juicer
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (around 6-7 average lemons)
- 4 cups cold water
- 1 tbsp powdered stevia (other sweeteners work too)
- Add all ingredients to large pitcher
- stir until preferred sweetener is fully dissolved
- serve on ice immediately!
Ginger Lemonade: This spicy lemonade packs a powerful antioxidant punch! The combined nutrient boost from the lemons and ginger make this drink beneficial for everything from digestion to helping alleviate pain. Heat it up, and it’s a perfect soothing winter drink.
- small saucepot
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp grated ginger
- 5 tbsp lemon juice (or as much juice as you can get from 2 lemons)
- 3 cups water
- Combine sugar, ginger and lemon peel into sauce pot
- Add 1 cup water to the mixture and bring to slight boil. Let simmer (5 minutes)
- Remove mixture from heat and let sit (15 minutes)
- Pour lemon juice into pitcher. Add 3 cups water
- Add sugar mixture and stir
- Serve on ice!
Fresh Watermelon Lemonade: The natural sweetness and pink color of watermelon offer a fun twist on traditional lemonade! The anti-inflammatory qualities of watermelon combined with those of lemonade provide wonderful anti-oxidants for your body.
Fresh Watermelon Lemonade
- 4 cups watermelon (cubed)
- 3 lemons (juiced)
- 3 cups cold water
- 1/2 cup white sugar mix with 1/2 cup water for simple syrup
- Create simple syrup by combining 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup water. bring to boil in saucepan. Remove and let cool.
- Blend watermelon until smoothie-like texture. Strain and remove pulp.
- fill 2 quart pitcher halfway with ice. Add simple syrup, watermelon juice, and lemon juice.
- Add water until desired strength. Serve on ice!
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To sweeten your homemade lemonade, you can use a few alternatives to the refined white sugar. They are healthier and have their own taste that can enhance your lemonade. Here are a few of our favorites:
- maple syrup
- apple and pear syrup
- agave syrup
- sugar beet syrup
Homemade lemonade for kids and guests
See what your kids think of these homemade lemonade recipes! Try out different variations together and create your own lemonade. You can also serve them to your guests. They will be thrilled.