Great grandma’s lemon tree was bending under its own weight, so the kids and I did our part to help the poor little tree out and filled a grocery bag full of obscenely juicy fruits.
For the next four days I was asked “When can we make lemonade?” about 8,756 times. Maybe more. Totally more.
Here’s how we made some really yummy lemonade:
Start outside. On a sunshine-y day.
Garden hoses and sprinklers to hose off the sticky may or may not be necessary. (Totally necessary.)
Next, find the cutest helpers in the neighborhood. You don’t even need to brush their hair first.
Halve your lemons and take some pretty pictures of them. Because there’s not much happier and that screams refreshment like a bunch of freshly cut lemons.
Put your helpers to work squeezing.
Remind them to take turns. And not rub their eyes.
Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze.
Don’t stress if they spill. There’s plenty more lemons in the bag. And there’s that garden hose you’ll be using for clean up, remember?
Licking the lemons gives the lemonade just that extra bit of flavor*.
While the kids are happily juicing, licking, spilling, and giggling, slip inside to boil a cup of water and the sugar until just dissolved. (The original recipe called for 1 3/4 c. of sugar…that seemed like a lot, so I used 1 1/4 c. which was plenty sweet. I might even try 1 c. next time.)
Dump a bunch of ice cubes into your syrup to cool it down quick like.
Go back outside to find your kids still happily juicing with minimal fighting. Be in awe of this, but be careful to not say anything out loud, lest you jinx it.
Make a mental note to plant a lemon tree.
When you have a cup and a half of juice, go ahead and rub the rinds into your table. I hear it helps condition the wood.
Fish out as many of the seeds as you can, but leave the pulp. I didn’t get all of them, but we’re not so fancy that it matters.
Pour little glasses of your concoction as payment for the child labor.
Take a picture.
Because this is cute and kinda artsy too.
Here’s the recipe in case you want to try. You can click HERE to print it out in all its cute glory.
*Tracy, no need to freak out. I made a second (non-licked) batch for Growth Group. Lucy saliva free. You’re welcome.