Summer Sweet Lemonade

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

Sipping a perfectly sweetened glass of lemonade amidst a fragrant blooming summer garden, in the shade of an old tree, is almost heaven, and certainly, a seasonal must do. With unique and flavorful varieties, the sweetness can last all season long.

Summer Sweet Lemonade

Ingredients

3 cups water
1 cup lemon juice (squeezed from 4-5 lemons)
2/3 cup sugar

Preparation

Mix together until sugar is dissolved, serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
(Note: if you like your lemonade really sweet, increase sugar to 1 cup. For me, this is the perfect balance of lemon flavor and sweetness.)

Minted Lemonade

Bruise mint leaves in glasses before pouring in Summer Sweet Lemonade. Garnish with mint leaves.

Limeade

Substitute lime juice in the Summer Sweet Lemonade recipe above (will take about 10 limes) for the lemons and increase sugar to 3/4 cup. Garnish with lime slices.

Pink Lemonade

Add 2-3 drops red food color.

 

To experiment with different flavors of lemonade that will keep the sweetness going all season long. Try some of these.

Lemonade Twists

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

1. Vanilla-Rosemary Lemonade

Recipe by Maureen Holt of Little Savannah Restaurant in Birmingham, Alabama

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

2. Lavender Lemonade

For an enchanting afternoon in the company of friends, fill a pitcher with this refresher and the hours with conversation. A subtle herbal fragrance characterizes Lavender Lemonade.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

3. Watermelon Lemonade

This beautifully colored sipper elevates your neighborhood lemonade stand. Be sure to taste the watermelon first. If it’s very sweet, reduce the sugar. Offer some refreshment to the planet and economy by going organic and local when you can. Recipe at Whole Foods.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

4. Blackberry Lemonade

A tangy afternoon pick-me-up.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

5. Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Refreshingly unique summer flavors mixed together in one beautiful glass. Recipe at Ocean Spray.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

6. Sparkling Mint Lemonade

The ultimate summer quencher, lemonade is refreshing as it is, but can be wonderfully lightened with sparkling water and fresh mint. The result is a nonalcoholic punch similar to a mojito. Recipe at Williams-Sonoma.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

7. Watermelon Lemonade Slushie

This slushie is as beautiful as it is refreshing. Fresh basil is the secret ingredient. Recipe at Food Network.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

8. Rose Lemonade

The tender blush of petals lends a graceful femininity to crystal goblets of Rose Lemonade.

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

Summer Sweet Lemonade; a refreshing elixir you can make in minutes and varieties you can try all season long. | 31Daily.com

 

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her husband and teenage son.