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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Guest Author - Brandii Lacey

Summertime and lemonade have gone hand in hand for many years. There's quiet a few delicious variates of lemonade available from your grocery store. However, making homemade lemonade with your kids creates fun memories that last a lifetime. Best of all, it's easy on your budget.

Lemonade stands are a rite of passage for kids everywhere. After all, quarters made from the lemonade sale are a huge leap from the pretend money of board games.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large lemons
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon rind
Directions:

  1. Heat the sugar and water over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat.
  3. Squeeze the juice out of the four lemons into the sugar water.
  4. Add the lemon rind and mix well.
  5. After the mixture has cooled pour it into a pitcher (you can use a strainer if needed).
  6. For chilled lemonade, place in the refrigerator for one to two hours
  7. For a frozen treat, place in individual freezer save bowls or cups. Freeze for two to three hours.
You can also add strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, or any other combination of fruits you desire. Simply puree them in food processor or blender, and then add to lemon, water, and sugar mixture. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator for one hour or until chilled.

If your kids are having a lemonade stand, here are a few pointers:

  1. Always have an adult at the stand.

  2. Let your kids get as creative as they wish when making signs and slogans. Bring out the poster boards, markers, paints, and whatever else you have on hand.

  3. Depending on your child's age, you may need to help suggest pricing. Twenty five cents per cup is usually a good starting point, as sometimes kids get too eager and want to start at a dollar a cup.

  4. If you're raising money for a good cause, having an information sheet that has details about the charity is a nice gesture.

  5. If the street that you live on does not get much traffic, create a traveling lemonade stand! Simply fill a cooler with ice and pitchers of lemonade, and place in your child's wagon or similar device. Add cups, napkins, and an envelope (with change) to hold the money. You and your kids can pull the wagon around a block or two, sell some lemonade, and get exercise at the same time!


Come on by the Cooking for Kids forum and share your lemonade stand stories, tips, and recipes!

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This content was written by Brandii Lacey. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Kymberly Morgan for details.

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