Tuesday, November 10, 2009

When your neighbor gives you lemons…

Make Lemonade!!!

Since moving into the new house, we had been admiring our neighbor's lemon tree over the fence. This massive lemon tree was adorned with some of the largest lemons we had ever seen.  As luck would have it, we met her just before she had commenced tearing up her entire yard and starting from scratch, even the beautiful lemon tree! We were sad to see it go, but within the next hour, we had a hand-delivered bag of these beautiful lemons sitting on our counter.

Being that it’s 94 degrees out, I think it’s quite obvious where these gems are going… there’s nothing more refreshing than an ice cold glass of lemonade to cool you down!  To put together this simple thirst quencher:
  • 4-6 lemons depending on size
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
1) Make a simple syrup by heating the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.  Let cool.
2) Firmly roll the lemons to release juice.  Cut in half and juice into pitcher.
3) In the pitcher, combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and remaining water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice.  Throw in some sliced lemons for presentation.

Like I said... it's 94 degrees so no time for pics!


  1. I had my first fresh lemon this summer in california. kevin's aunt had several lemon and lime trees! They had so many they literally filled laundry baskets full!! I smuggled some back to the east coast and used them sparingly! It was interesting how much jucier and sweeter they were then the store bought east coast version. One thing they did out in CA that I thought was cool was that they used a halved lemon to clean and flavor the grill before cooking!

  2. Thanks Karen! I know, when I just smelled the fresh lemons, I could tell the difference!

    I'll definitely have to try that out on the grill, what a great idea. The boys caught some fish that we plan on grilling so that would be perfect!



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