Lemons and mixed berries create a tasty blend of sweet and sour in lemonade four ways
Today, I’m sharing my recipe for four variations of homemade lemonade–plain, strawberry, blueberry, and mixed berry. Homemade lemonade is so easy to mix up, and it tastes so much better than anything you can get from a store-bought mix. I started drinking lemon water a while ago because of all the health benefits (read about them here), and then I decided I might as well add some sugar to turn it into lemonade. I also have a sugar-free diet version that’s perfect for if you plan on drinking this on a regular basis.
Start by zesting and juicing your lemons. Make sure to zest your lemons before you juice them, or it’ll be a lot harder! Zesting your lemons will give you all the lemon flavor without adding acidity.
Mix the lemon juice with 10 cups of water.
Mix equal parts sugar and water together until the sugar dissolves to make a simple syrup. Add your syrup to the water and lemon juice mix.
For the diet version, just replace the simple syrup with artificial sweetener.
For plain lemonade, you’re all finished! Garnish with some lemon zest and twists.
For the strawberry version, you will need 2 cups of strawberries. For the blueberry version, you’ll need 1 1/2 cups. For the mixed berry version, you need 1 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1 cup blueberries. Heat your strawberries or blueberries in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. I use frozen fruit because it’s cheaper and since you’re heating it up, fresh fruit won’t taste any different. Smash with a fork. I like to stop smashing it while some of the pieces are still left whole so that you can see the fruit in the drink.
Let the fruit cool and then add it to the plain lemonade mixture. Garnish with lemon zest and twists. And that’s all it takes to mix up these four delicious lemonade varieties! Once you taste these, you’ll never go back to drinking powdered mixes.