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picnic lemonade

(3 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Robin Poindexter

Hot, humid summers in the heartland call for a refreshing beverage. My recipe.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

A refreshing homemade lemonade for a hot summer's day. Super simple to make, it will have you ditching the powdered stuff. If you use honey, it will add an aromatic, flowery scent to the lemonade. Sweet and tart, perfect to keep on hand for an afternoon picnic or to cool off after yard work.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(3 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For picnic lemonade

  • 12
    lemons; squeezed
  • 3
    quarts chilled spring water
  • 1 1/4 cups
    sugar or 1 cup wildflower honey or 1 cup honeysuckle syrup
  • sprigs of fresh mint or lemon balm for garnish

How To Make picnic lemonade

  • Dissolving lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan.
    Heat the lemon juice and sugar (or honey) over medium heat in a saucepan until the sugar/honey completely dissolves. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • Combining lemon mixture and water.
    In a gallon container, stir together the lemon mixture with the spring water.
  • Glass filled with ice, a slice of lemon, and sprig of mint.
    Fill glasses with ice. Add a sprig of mint or lemon balm and pour in the lemonade.