Diva Tasting: Lemonades for Summer…

Lemonade Various

Old Fashion Lemonade

8 Lemons Juiced

1 ½ Cups White Sugar or to Taste

2 Quarts Water


Step 1 Squeeze the lemons into a bowl. Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture. Set juice aside

Step 2 Chop the rinds into 1/2 inch slices. Place the rinds in another bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let this stand for about one hour, so that the sugar begins to soak up the oils from the lemons. Set the lemon rinds aside.

Step 3 Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow this mixture to cool for 20 minutes and then remove the rinds.

Stir well, pour into pitcher along with the juice from the lemons, and pop it in the fridge! Serve with ice cubes.

Cucumber Basil Lemonade


8 Cups Cold Water, Divided

1 Cup White Sugar (Simple Syrup)

2 Cups Lemon Juice

½ Cucumber, Thinly Sliced

10 Fresh Basil Leaves, Torn


Step 1 Combine 1 cup water and sugar together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Remove saucepan from heat and cool syrup to room temperature.

Step 2 Stir syrup, remaining water, lemon juice, cucumber, and basil together in a pitcher; chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.

Lemonade Punch


2 Cans frozen lemonade thawed

1 large bottle of grape juice or 1 can frozen grape juice thawed

2 Quarts of sparkling water


Step 1 Pour thawed, frozen juices in a large punch bowl. Pour in sparkling water.

Peruvian Lemonade


2 Limes

½ Cup Sugar

3 Tablespoons Sweetened Condensed Milk

3 Cups Water



Step 1 Wash limes thoroughly. Cut off the ends and slice into eight wedges.

Place limes in a blender with the sugar, sweetened condensed milk, water, and ice.

Step 2 Blend in an electric blender, pulsing 6 times. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove rinds. Serve over ice. Serves 4

Caipirinha de Limo Tradicional (Classic Brazilian Cocktail)


1 Lime

1 ½ Tablespoons White Sugar, Or To Taste

Ice Cubes

2 Fluid Ounces Cachaca (Brazilian Rum) or 1 Teaspoon Rum Extract


Step 1 Cut off the lime ends with a sharp knife; discard. Slice lime in half; remove white pith from the center. Slice into 6 wedges.

Step 2 Place lime wedges skin side down into a glass; add sugar. Mash with a cocktail muddler, bruising the skin slightly. Stir in ice and cachaca. Serves 1

We’re at The Fair Lemonade


10 Lemons

1 1/2 Cups White Sugar or To Taste

2 Quarts Cups Cold Water


Step 1 Always Wash lemons to remove wax, and peel off all the zest using a vegetable peeler. Set peeled lemons aside. Add the lemon zest to a bowl and cover with sugar. Toss to combine. Cover and let sit for a minimum of 2 hours, or up to overnight.

Step 2 Bring water to a boil in a pot over high heat; turn off heat and pour in the lemon-sugar mixture. Stir and let sit until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes.

Step 3 Pour through a mesh strainer back into the same bowl and discard the zest. Let cool to room temperature, 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 4 Cut the lemons in half and squeeze into the bowl. Pour lemonade into a serving pitcher. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill thoroughly before serving over ice, at least 2 hours.

Old South Lemonade


12 Fluid Ounces Lemon Vodka, Or More To Taste

10 Ea Juice of Fresh Lemons

1 Can Thawed Frozen Lemonade

6 Limes, Juiced

1 Cup Sugar or More To Taste

Ice Cubes

6 Cans Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water, Or More To Taste


Step 1 Pour vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and frozen lemonade into a 2 Quart Pitcher with Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water; stir. Fill glass with ice. 2 Quarts Serving

Southern-Style Lemonade


8 Lemons

1 ½ Cups White Sugar

1 Teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract

12 Cups Cold Water


Step 1 Cut the lemons in half and scoop the pulp into a blender. Chop the rinds to 1 inch chunks and add along with sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth, then strain into a serving pitcher and stir in the remaining water. 12 Servings

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