Homemade Lemonade Concentrate


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Bright, tangy, thirst-quenching lemonade is a snap with this easy recipe for homemade lemonade concentrate.

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Who-eeee! The heat has finally found the way Up North. We had a gloriously (mostly) sunny weekend with just a touch of sticky humidity before the storms rolled in yesterday.  That’s perfect timing for rain on a long weekend, if you ask me. These 40 degree temperature fluctuations as of late were getting old. We really needed several concurrent days of good weather.

See…a funny thing happened last week. While Bacon Slayer was doing his usual stalking of local real estate in search of our dream house set atop rolling acres with a big red barn, he actually found an updated farm house on a smidgen of acreage with a big red barn! We toured the house with the Sons, and almost all of us fell in love with the 1883 charmer. All that was left to do was put in an offer, and start planning the seasonal menu for the pies that I would sell by the side of the road at the new homestead!

Well, that and maybe get our house ready for market so that we could afford to move into said dream house. Pesky details. I believe my thoughts on the matter were along the lines of it’s-perfect-let’s-do-it-holy-crap-we-have-to-get-our-house-picture-perfect-by-the-end-of-the-week-so-someone-doesn’t-steal-our-dream-house! Or something like that. Suffice it to say that the hamster in the wheel in my head was running like a professional marathoner sprinting toward the finish line. Fresh paint, extra landscaping, as well as a ton of closet purging and organizing needed to happen like pronto!

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The warm sunshine coupled with our Weekend DIY Warrior tendencies created a yearning for the kind of thirst-quenching refreshment that only icy cold lemonade can satisfy. However, after 3 trips to various hardware stores for supplies, followed by two quick runs to the local grocer for food and snacks, I was not about to run back out for lemonade concentrate. Why bother with another trip to the store when I can make my own lemonade concentrate with just three simple ingredients in under 15 minutes?

I should probably also mention that the recipe makes twice the amount of homemade lemonade concentrate for about the cost of one frozen can, so thirst-quenching satisfaction is at-the-ready and waiting in the refrigerator when the need arises.

By the way, we took another stroll through the farm house–without kiddos–and noticed a few things that might be a little more involved than we’re willing to tackle. Such things are common with a 130+ year old house. Now we have to take a little time -out to sit on the porch while sipping a little lemonade, and discuss whether we want to tackle major new home projects during this season of our lives. Either way, our house is nearly done and ready to list when the right house does come along.



Homemade Lemonade Concentrate


Yield One Quart Concentrate

(4 qts. of Lemonade)

Bright, tangy, thirst-quenching lemonade is a snap with this easy recipe for homemade lemonade concentrate.

Prep Time: 10 minutes, Cook Time: 3-4 minutes, Total Time: 14 minutes

1 1/3 C. granulated sugar

1 1/3 C. water

1 Tbs. minced fresh lemon zest (from 2 medium lemons)

1 1/3 C. freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 8 medium lemons)


Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir the lemon juice and zest into the simple syrup. Set the concentrate aside to cool to room temperature.

Once cooled, homemade lemon concentrate may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or frozen for up to two months.

To prepare lemonade using Homemade Lemonade Concentrate:

  • For an individual serving, mix ¼ cup lemonade concentrate with ¾ cup cold water. Stir. Add ice, as desired.
  • For 1 quart (4 individual servings,) combine 1 cup lemonade concentrate with 3 cups cold water. Stir. Add ice, as desired.
  • For 2 quarts (8 individual servings,) stir 2 cups of lemonade concentrate with 6 cups of cold water. Add ice, as desired.


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