Tuesday, May 21, 2013

"Kid-made" Lemonade

I have a confession. I have never, to my knowledge, made lemonade from actual lemons. I remember drinking lemonade as a kid and I certainly had lemonade stands. In fact, I remember one time a neighbor and I had a lemonade stand and decided that it would be a good idea to draw our lemonade sign on our white fence with black permanent marker.   I learned a hard lesson the next day when we had to repaint the entire fence!!  Talk about "natural consequences" - my mother could give lessons on natural discipline and guilt trips!

Last week, we had a bunch of lemons lying around thanks to my husband giving up his daily love affair with the juicer.  I can't really blame him.  Those things are really a pain to clean every day and he's already lost 12 pounds so I guess he's earned a few "non-juicing" days :)  Of course, that left us with a lot of lemons and I really had no desire to use them to bring more sweets into the house.  I got the brilliant idea that I should make homemade lemonade with 2 and 3-year-olds so they could see that lemonade actually comes from little yellow fruits, instead of the canister of powder with "Country Time" on the side.

We used a simple recipe:
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4-6 lemons
  • water
I cut the lemons into wedges because I wanted the kids to get the chance to actually squeeze them.  It's good for building up little hand muscles and it's just plain fun!  We squeezed our lemons into a big bowl (to help contain the mess) and the kids squealed every time the juice squirted.  

While the kids were squeezing the lemons, I dissolved 1 cup of sugar into 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  When we had 1 cup of lemon juice, we poured it into a large pitcher and added our pan of sugar-water and 6 cups of cold water.  To add some extra garnish, I sliced our last lemon and added the slices to the lemonade. 

We saved the lemonade to share with the big kids when they got home from school.  The little kids were so excited to show them what they had made.  They just glowed with pride when the big kids told them how good their lemonade was! 

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  1. This is such a great idea. Plus, I think that homemade lemonade tastes so much better than the powdered stuff.

    1. It really does and the kids had so much fun with it!

  2. I don't think I've ever made real lemonade either! We'll have to try this soon.

    1. Lorie, I was surprised when I thought about it, too - especially with how easy it is :) Hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did!

  3. Looks like so much fun! I applaud you for looking up a recipe first. When I tried this with my kiddos this winter during our kitchen unit, I didn't and so we tested our lemonade with each little addition of sugar. I never realize how much sugar goes into lemonade. Lol. Thank you for sharing!