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The Best Lemonade You've Ever Had

By • July 3, 2013 • 81 Comments

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A deeply ingrained love of lemonade starts in childhood. Something about scrawling “Lemonade” on a poster board, throwing together a makeshift stand, and pestering each passing car to buy a cup of hand-squeezed lemonade carves out a special place in our hearts for this beverage. There’s nothing like sipping lip-pursing, icy-cool lemonade -- preferably through a striped straw -- to bring back memories of carefree afternoons and summer sunshine. 

More: Your other childhood favorites, all grown up. 

In this video, our editor Kenzi shares a trick for the ultimate glass of tart, sweet lemonade. The secret comes before the lemons are even juiced. By rubbing whole lemons in raw cane sugar, you'll release the fragrant juices of their skins and perfume the sugar with a lemon scent. Then, use that same sugar as a sweetener to infuse the whole drink with an intense lemon flavor. 

Video shot and produced by Todd Coleman.

What's your favorite way to make lemonade? Let us know in the comments!

Tags: lemonade, beverages, drinks, booze-free drinks, summer, lemons, video, video

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3 months ago robyn ann

nothing scientific, other than what i have read about microwaves kill off nutrients and we are working with a RAW product that is full of delicate enzymes that are destroyed by heat. So whenever something is raw I like to get all the benefits of the raw food. Because I eat totally organic I never use a microwave to reheat anything, I guess I am a food purist and I prefer fire to heat food with fire not microwaves!

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3 months ago robyn ann

I recommend never using a microwave for anything ever.

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3 months ago seiganjo

Any particular reason for this?

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3 months ago seiganjo

To get more juice out of the lemon, put your lemon some time in the microwave!!

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4 months ago Laura Gabriela

me,i make a much better lemonade...i cook the lemon peel in water with sugar and aroma is just -wow.....and i put honey and sugar...and in the end i put a little peppermint....

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7 months ago JulieBee

I've made this a few times as a lemon syrup, instead of a lemonade, by going light on the water,and I use it to sweeten ice tea. It's delish!

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7 months ago Dana Staves

Easily the best lemonade I've ever had, using this recipe. So glad I found it here.

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7 months ago sswan

So did anyone ever get the recipe? In general, how much of what kind of sugar, these lemons looked like Eureka. How much water? How many lemons?

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8 months ago jeanette godl

Nice video but it would have been nice it you would also print a recipe

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8 months ago heyadelaide

the ratio that I always use for lemonade is 1:1:5. 1 part L lemon juice, 1 part sugar, 5 parts water. this has always made the most delicious lemonade, it is on the tart side so you can add more sugar to taste b ut it's a good starting point

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8 months ago ashk

I did this and it made a mess, but I didn't notice that the lemonade was any better.

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9 months ago DPagano

what are the measurements?

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9 months ago SkiGrrl

It all depends on how much lemonade you want to make! (Also - on what size lemons you've got!) The last time I did this I used about 8 large lemons and 1 cup of light cane sugar. I tend to make a very strong batch and then lighten it to taste.

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9 months ago DPagano

thank you

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9 months ago SkiGrrl

For those doing the lemon-rolling routine: use a microwave-safe oblong dish, put a layer of rough sugar on the bottom. Put lemons on top of sugar, zap for 10 seconds. Remove from microwave, take lemons out of dish, add more sugar, then roll each lemon in the sugar one at a time. You get the easily released oils/juices from zapping, but haven't lost any to the microwave. Then you get all the benefits of sugaring the rinds and rolling the lemons. Then slice thinly and muddle or just juice them.

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9 months ago Celia Bouchard

I was in the Middle East recently (Egypt and Jordan). I fell in love with a drink that was called lemon mint. Add a big handful of finely chopped mint leaves to your lemonade -- very refreshing. Since I've been back I've made several pitchers and in one I used half and half lime and lemon juice.

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9 months ago SaucyCuisine

I've made a couple of batches this week. The first was so good that everyone wanted more. I thinly peeled the limes and mixed them with the sugar to extract the lime oil. So refreshing.

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9 months ago The Cooking of Joy

I've been making this all week with vanilla sugar and just tried it with mint, too! http://the-cooking-of-joy...

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9 months ago robyn ann

I think adding mint is a great idea!

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9 months ago DonnaHallelujah

Sounds like Summer!! :)

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9 months ago Cheri

I add crushed mint leaves to my lemonade. I've used various mixes of spearmint, pineapple mint, citrus mint, and pineapple sage. Makes a "fruity" tasting drink.

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9 months ago laurelei235

In one of Marcia Adam's books, she has an Amish recipe for lemonade. Zest the lemons with a vegetable peeler (no pith, please), and muddle (pound) with the sugar. Then add the juice and water. Pretty yummy.

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9 months ago robyn ann

what you are missing is the point of the video it was about am idea~an interesting new step to make lemonade the measurements are not the point different sugars are sweeter than others,some lemons have more juice than others.

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9 months ago Missy Kitchell

Lovely video ... I just wrote a story about Lemonade. Now I need to make some. Great idea to infuse the sugar with the lemon scent. Thanks!