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When Life Gives You Lemons Make Lemonade

It is believed that lemonade was originally created by the medieval Egyptians over 1500 years ago. At this time in Cairo, the bottles of lemon juice were mixed with sugar to make a popular drink known as qatarmizat.

Years later, in 1873, the popular pink version was, according to legend, accidentally invented at a circus stand in New Jersey. One of the female bareback riders hung her red tights to dry precariously close to Billie Griffith's brewing batch of lemonade. A strong wind blew the tights into the lemonade and tinted it pink. With crowds already arriving, Billie was forced to serve his pink-tinted lemonade.

Why all these lemonade fun facts? Today is Lemonade Day, so make yourself a pitcher! For my classic recipe, as well as one with an alcoholic twist,

From Martha Stewart

3 cups lemon or lime juice, about 20 lemons or 25 limes freshly squeezed
2 cups superfine sugar
4 cups cold water
4 cups ice
2 lemons or limes, thinly sliced for garnish

  1. Into a large serving container, strain the citrus juice, mix it with sugar, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add 4 cups cold water and stir again until well combined. Add ice to fill and a few lemon or lime slices.

Makes 10 cups.

PartySugar's Hard Lemonade
From Bon Appetit magazine

1 cup packed mint leaves, chopped
2/3-cup sugar
1-cup fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 cups vodka
Crushed ice for serving
Fresh mint springs, optional for garnish

  1. Combine chopped mint and sugar in a large bowl or pitcher.
  2. Stir in lemon juice and vodka.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours.
  4. Strain mixture into serving pitcher.
  5. Fill six 6-8 ounce festive glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint springs.

Serves 6.

Source: Clifford Wright
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Join The Conversation
EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 10 years
No matter how many times I make lemonade, I'm always shocked by how many lemons it takes just to get one cup of juice. It's ridic. I've read that the perfect lemonade ratio for the lemon juice, water, and sugar is 1:1:1 (cup). I'm not sure if this is true. I think it depends on how flavorful the lemons are. Or if you use artificial sweetener.
laurafox laurafox 10 years
Looks fab!
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
radarkitty radarkitty 10 years
I like it HARD. ;)
JenBrett JenBrett 10 years
i like to keep the sugar water mixture on hand. use 1 lemon to make 1 glass at a time.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Yum, hard lemonade!
cageyme cageyme 10 years
I hope the tights were clean. Oh wait, they were drying on the clothes line. Whew! I was worried for a minute.
vyju vyju 10 years
"A strong wind blew the tights into the lemonade and tinted it pink." EEWWWW.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
Lemons and limes may be my favorite fruit EVER! I LOVE lemonade and limeade. And I make a mean mojito!
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