In the mood for a delicious, refreshing drink? 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 more depending on the ingredients you use. 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. Depending on the type of fruit, you can add something to sweeten, like maple syrup or honey.
Classic homemade lemonade: Freshly squeezed juice from 4 lemons, 1/2 cup sugar, and 4 cups water. A ¼ cucumber also goes great with it.
Ginger lemonade: peeled and finely grated 1/8 cup fresh ginger, pressed juice from 2 limes, 5 crushed sprigs of mint, 2/3 cup sugar and 1 L soda.
Herbal lemonade: 10 parts of different herbs (balm, lemon balm, basil and mint, rosemary), juice of one lemon and 1 L apple juice. Bring everything to the boil for 30 minutes and leave to stand. Remove the herbs, strain and enjoy the lemonade.
Watermelon lemonade: 11 cups watermelon, 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 cups water and sweetener to taste.
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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.