There is nothing more refreshing on a hot summer day than an ice cold glass of fresh lemonade. Growing up we didn’t make lemonade very often (we were sun tea drinkers!) but after I was married, me and my husband started a tradition of getting the fresh squeezed lemonade at the county fair each year.
But there’s no need to wait until until the county fair to make your own homemade fresh lemonade with this super easy homemade lemonade recipe. Make sure to make this lemonade a few hours before you plan to use it because it will need to chill in the fridge for a while before served.
Homemade Lemonade Recipe
What You Need:
- 1 c. sugar
- 1 c. water
- 1 c. lemon juice (about 6-8 fresh squeezed lemons)
- 3-4 c. cold water
On the stove top, stir together the sugar and 1 cup of water. Stir occasionally and keep on a medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved in the water.
Pour the mixture into a pitcher. Juice the lemons and add in the lemon juice and cold water. Stir.
Chill in the fridge for several hours before serving.
In the Little House books, there are a few occasions where lemonade is served. Both in On the Banks of Plum Creek and Little Town on the Prairie. However it’s clear from this quote that real lemonade wasn’t a regular staple of the pioneers in Laura’s time.
“Is your lemonade sweet enough?” Mrs. Oleson asked. So Laura knew that it was lemonade in the glasses. She had never tasted anything like it.
– On the Banks of Plum Creek
Why wasn’t lemonade normal in pioneer times? The answer is simple. Produce was not shipped like it is today. Since Laura and many pioneers were in the north and the west, they didn’t have access to lemons. What did they make instead? Here’s the recipe!
What You Need:
- 1 to 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 12 oz. water
- 2 Tablespoons of sugar
Mix all ingredients together and enjoy!
What do you think? Could you handle the Pioneer Style Lemonade? Apparently the reasoning behind this drink was to add extra Vitamin C into the pioneer diets to help stave off disease. So that makes sense, but I wouldn’t exactly call it the same refreshing lemonade recipe that we enjoy today!
Is lemonade a summer staple for you? Do you have your own special homemade lemonade recipe? Would you ever try the Pioneer Lemonade?