Homestead Cooking | {Fresh} Homemade Lemonade

Last week, the backwoods kid and I spent a day at his grandparents farm. As always, everything at grandma and grandad’s is better than what’s at home. And it just so happened that today, it would be lemonade. That child can drink the heck out of some lemonade. So, being on our journey of “all natural” and less processed, I thought it would be fun to make homemade lemonade at home for him this week. He was pretty excited about it too.

Let’s forget about the fact that lemons aren’t native to Virginia.

Let’s forget about the fact that you just absolutely cannot find “organic” lemons at the grocery store, and especially not the farmer’s market.

And let’s just pretend it’s completely pesticide free, okay?

Ok, now that I got that off my chest…..whew….


Lemonade is OH so easy to make, and with just 10 lemons, a cup of sugar, and some water — it makes an entire gallon of yummy goodness.

I can remember, several years back — before the little guy was born — when my husband took me to one of his Hispanic friends houses for Easter. They had the best homemade lemonade I have ever tasted in my entire life. Who am I kidding….they had the best everything I’ve ever tasted in my entire life. I am grateful that God placed me with a husband who is equally as hungry for Hispanic food as I am.

We started by squeezing 9-10 lemons, by hand, over a mesh strainer, into the gallon jug that we would be using.


Then, we mixed one cup of regular sugar with the hottest of hot tap water. You could boil it down on the stove if you prefer to make a “syrup” with the sugar and water, but honestly, it’s fine just dissolved in hot water.

We added the sugar water mixture to our gallon jug, mixed well, and then filled it up the remainder of the way with cold tap water.

You’re done. That’s it. Easy as pie.

Actually, ten times easier than pie. And less messy, too!

Jr really enjoyed helping me squeeze the lemons and stir all the water in. After we finished combining everything we threw a few of the squeezed lemons into our jug for extra lemony flavor.

Place it in the fridge to chill, and enjoy a nice fresh glass of lemonade on these hot summer-time days! Husband especially enjoyed it when he got home from work.

Next time, I’m looking forward to fermenting our lemonade (along with the rest of the fermented things on our counter top!).
{fresh} Homemade Lemonade
10 fresh lemons
1 cup of regular sugar
1 gallon of water
1. Squeeze lemons over a mesh strainer into a 1 gallon jug
(or use a juicer and place juice of lemons into jug)
2. Mix 1 cup of sugar into a large jar of very hot tap water.
Mix until it dissolves completely.
3. Pour sugar water mixture into gallon jug, stir.
4. Fill remainder of gallon jug up with cold tap water. Stir.
5. Place 2-3 of the squeezed lemons into the jug for extra flavor.
Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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