With summer comes childhood memories of long afternoons running through sprinklers, playing quietly in secret forts underneath the thick shady branches of trees, and hours of endless planning and construction of the perfect lemonade stand. Do you also have memories of sitting at the end of a driveway, collecting dimes and the occasional quarter as you poured Dixie cups full of cool lemonade for neighbors and passers by? I’m not sure how many times I actually followed through, but I certainly remember the planning and thought while underneath the shade of a tree – and I definitely remember drinking most of the profits.
Now that I have my own kids, I know those hours of lemonade stand planning are just around the corner. But I don’t want to turn to the old frozen-lemonade-from-concentrate standby. I want to make it fresh and natural. For the cost of a half dozen lemons and a bit of sugar, you can make fresh squeezed lemonade with your children which will be a healthy part of a fun activity and memory with you.
Out of the Box FoodSM Pinch of Sugar” Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
1 1/3 C fresh squeezed lemon juice (from approx 5-6 lemons)
1/3 C granulated sugar
7 C cold water
Mix sugar into hot water. Stir until dissolved.
Pour lemon juice in a pitcher. Add sugar water. Top with cold water.