Lemonade is a simple and basic drink that can be made almost anywhere. While quality ingredients is obvious advice for a great glass of lemonade, chefs and professionals have tweaked their recipes for consistency and quality. Sifting through the various lemonade recipes available online and in cookbooks can be discouraging when powdered or frozen options are available.
To help you locate the exact recipe that tickles your palate, we’ve gathered a few of the most famous lemonade recipes to get you prepared for your next picnic or, hopefully, your local Lemonade Day.
Jay Kordich used to be famous for one thing, being an energetic salesman. As a pitchman and traveling salesman, Kordich became known as the “Father of Juicing” for his enthusiastic support surrounding the health benefits of drinking freshly squeezed juice. His key product, the Juiceman Juicer, earned more than $100 million in revenue in the 1980s and 90s. Kordich didn’t limit himself to celery and carrot juice, however. Below is his amazing recipe for the healthiest glass of lemonade on this list. (A juicer is unfortunately required.)
The most remarkable thing about this it’s made without sugar. But to quote the man himself, “You don’t have a concept of how a glass of lemonade is supposed to taste.”
¼ lemon (skin and all)
Online recipe database AllRecipes.com is the most popular source for cooking advice in the world. When a recipe for something basic, like lasagna or lemonade, reaches number one in popularity and ranking, its chefs or authors can achieve a strange form of fame.
This lemonade recipe is almost simple. Just lemon juice, sugar, and water. The preparation is a bit unusual but it makes all the difference. With over 1,500 comments and millions of views, it’s easily one of the most popular lemonade recipes of all time. (Adult supervision required.)
1 ¾ cups of sugar
8 cups water
1 ½ cups of fresh lemon juice
Cook sugar and 1 cup of water is sauce pan. Bring to boil and let cool to room temperature. Then refrigerate until chilled.
Squeeze lemons and remove seeds. Pulp optional according to preference. In a pitcher, mix remaining 7 cups of water, chilled simple syrup, and lemon juice. Chill until ready to serve. Ice optional.
Lemonade stands have been a staple among charities for years. Lemonade Day simply cares on in this long tradition. Below is a delicious recipe created for charity by Alex Guarnashelli, a New York chef and Iron Chef winner.
Note: This one feels like cheating since it includes a bit of lemon/lime soda (aka Sprite) but it’s really good. I mean, like really, really good.
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup honey
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 lemon, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds 1 lime, sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
1 cup chilled lemon-lime soda
In a large container, combine lemon juice, honey, and lime juice. Cover and shake to blend. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Fill a pitcher with ice cubes and the slices of lemon and lime. Using a long spoon, stir to blend while pouring in the lemon lime soda. Stir, reaching down into the bottom of the pitcher with the spoon, until all of the ingredients are blended. Serve immediately.