As we come into the summer months, the temptation to buy bottled drinks to cool down becomes unavoidable–unless you have other options. This lemonade is a great way to ward off those cravings, without the responsibility that comes with making a more labor-intensive drink like ginger beer or kombucha. It’s one of the easiest and cheapest things to make, and can easily be made plastic free.
The recipe below makes 24oz of lemonade, which is what I typically make for one or two people. If you’re feeding a crowd or want to have more on hand, double the recipe and use a pitcher to store it. Come to the plastic free side, we have lemonade!
24oz jar (pasta sauce sized)
2-3 tbsp sugar
1. Juice the lemon. If you don’t like pulp, strain it out at this point. About a quarter cup is all you need.
2. Pour lemon juice into your container, and fill most of the way with water.
3. Add the sugar. I start out with 2 heaping tablespoons and go from there. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, and taste it. Add more sugar or water if desired.
That’s it! Store it in the fridge to keep it nice and cold. You can add extras to it like mint or berries if you’re feeling fancy.
Don’t forget to do something with the peels! You can make candied lemon peels, infuse vinegar to make delicious smelling cleaner, freeze the zest to use later, and, of course, compost them. Get creative!