This simply healthier lemonade concentrate recipe from scratch can please everybody because you can adjust the sweetness this classic thirst quenching drink perfectly for every individual.
Total Time: 15-20 Minutes
Prep Time: 10-15 Minutes
Active Cook Time: 5 Minutes
Inactive Cook Time: ZERO
In my house, we all love lemonade during summer time, especially the homemade one. However, we never agree on the sweetness of the lemonade. I prefer a bit sour while my hubby loves a lot much sweeter. The rest of the family goes along either way.
This recipe is perfect for us to make exactly the way how anybody wants.
Most of the time, you add sugar into the lemonade. You stir and stir and stir for a long, long time until the sugar completely dissolved. Or you just add to the level that it tastes right disregarding if all the sugar dissolves or not. By then, you lost count how much sugar you added into the lemonade.
That’s where the simply syrup comes into place. You have the perfect control of how much sugar you are going to consume.
My son loves to make this drink with me in the kitchen since he was 3. I highly recommend you to make some room to allow your child(ren) to join you making this drink. It is a lot of fun.
As usual, safety in the kitchen is the highest priority of everything. If you think that it is too dangerous for them to do so, maybe consider to move it to the dining table. If it still doesn’t work, just discard the idea.
There are 2 major tips that I want to share with you and focus on so that you can nail it the very first time:
You can either buy the regular or jumbo lemons to make this simply healthier lemonade concentrate recipe. I highly recommend you to stick to the regular lemons. My experience was that you pay a lot of money for the lemon peel when it comes to the jumbo ones. You are much better off with the regular size lemons.
b) Simple Syrup
The recipe calls for 2 cups each for sugar and water. It yields at least 3 cups of simple syrup and you will hardly use up all the simple syrup. The purpose of the leftover is to allow your family members and guests to adjust to their preferred sweetness.
What should you do with the leftover? I always store it in a mason jar and put it in the back of the fridge. It will be good for at least 2 weeks. You can use the simple syrup leftover to sweeten strawberries, pineapple or other fruit if it is necessary.
9 Regular Lemons or 5 Jumbo Lemons (halved; juiced and saved for the lemonade)
2 Cups Sugar
2 Cups Water
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