Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Mother's Lemonade

Cheap Eat Challenge: Watch as our family of 6 tries to eat on $6/day.

(Yes, this is a terrible picture, which is what happens when one changes one's mind about a post late at night and goes into the dimly lit kitchen to try to get a picture. I'll try to get an outdoor one tomorrow since that's where this lemonade deserves to be photographed.)

I was planning to post on chicken pot pie today. I even had most of the post written. But I am sitting here feeling so so hot in our so so hot house that I can't. I just can't. I don't even want to think about chicken pot pie. Which leaves me with... Well, I wish it left me with some ice cream. Or a mango lassi. Or maybe some yogurt popsicles (I promise to buy some yogurt and make lassi and popsicles because I love them so much and they are refreshing and so beautifully healthy.) Or how about a few frozen grapes.

And then I remembered what Kip and I drank after coming in from the yard/garden. What we often whip up when coming in from the yard/garden. Lemonade. The lemonade that I remember as a treat from my childhood. The lemonade that was not the usual Kool-Aid or even Country Time. The lemonade that I considered authentic and real. As indeed it is because it is made from lemon juice, which contains the juice of actual lemons. Although I must confess it is not made from fresh-squeezed lemons. Though I must also confess that this is part of the charm of this recipe. It takes no longer to whip up than it would if you pulled out a packet of yellow colored powder. But it tastes 10 trillion times better.

But...Can it compare to Country Time in cost? Well, actually, it kind of can. I didn't think it would. In fact, I wrote the post as though it wouldn't. I made excuses for my expensive lemonade habit. I talked about how comparing it to Country Time wasn't quite fair since you weren't comparing apples to apples or--hee hee--lemons to lemons; you were comparing lemons (or the juice thereof) to lemon flavoring. I discussed how much better this lemonade is, how your family would thrill at its appearance on a hot day, how it has more vitamin C, and that it's worlds cheaper than making lemonade with actual lemons would be. And then I figured up the costs and compared them. And I was surprised. My mother's lemonade costs only $.10/C (this is with inexpensive Aldi lemon juice) and Country Time costs about $.08/C. Thank you mamma. I'm gonna get another glass.

My Mother's Lemonade
Makes: about 6 cups
Prep time: 2 minutes
Cost: $.60 (for the record, this is only $.10/cup. A cup of Country Time will cost you about $.08/cup)
(sugar: .16, lemon juice: .44)

1 C sugar
1 C lemon juice
4 C water

Mix until combined. Drink.

Want to make it even more special? Crush or tear some fresh mint leaves (they're coming--I've got teeny ones popping out on all my mint) into your lemonade. Stir it up and let it sit in the refrigerator for a while. Strain or spoon out the mint leaves and serve minted lemonade. Hot day meet cool mouth.



  1. I haven't tried this yet, but I think I love your mother! :)

  2. I am hosting a linky party at my blog called A Themed Baker's Sunday! Where the theme is LEMONS!!! I would love it if you linked either this recipe or another lemony deliciousness!! I'm uber excited to see what you have in store!!

  3. Great job on the linky party last week! It was very hard to choose from everyone. Come by again and link up to this week's theme: Chocolate! Hope to see you there.

  4. So, 11 months later I finally get around to making this... Yum! Hannah wanted to make lemonade today, and I said, well... um... YES (when I remembered this recipe)!



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