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old-fashioned lemonade

(8 ratings)
Recipe by
Vickie Parks
Renton, WA

This is one of the first recipes that I added to my first recipe file that was my very own, back when I was in junior high school. I have used this recipe ever since then, whenever I want to make that classic summertime necessity....lemonade. And it has never failed me yet.

(8 ratings)
yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method Refrigerate/Freeze

Ingredients For old-fashioned lemonade

  • 6 c
    cold water
  • 2 c
    lemon juice (8-10 lemons)
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • ice cubes
  • 1 lg
    lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8
    maraschino cherries (optional)

How To Make old-fashioned lemonade

  • 1
    To get the most juice, let lemons stand at room temperature (or microwave lemons on High for just a few seconds before squeezing them). Then roll the lemons on a counter while pushing down firmly (to break the tissues inside) to release more juice.
  • 2
    Slice each lemon in half, and squeeze all halves to release juice into a large (2-quart) pitcher. Add water and sugar to pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  • 3
    Pour chilled lemonade over ice cubes in a tall glass. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry, if desired.