How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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Wondering how to juice a lemon so that you get every last drop? Here are 10 tried-and-true tricks for maximizing the amount of juice you’re able to get out of citrus fruit—no juicer required.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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1. Choose a Heavy, Soft Lemon

Getting the most juice from a lemon begins at the supermarket. When you choose your lemon (or any citrus fruit), look for one that is a bit soft—not squishy, but tender to the touch, indicating the fruit is already juicy. Also, note the weight of the lemon—if you grab two lemons of the exact same size, the one that is heavier will have more juice inside. Typically, Meyer lemons have the most juice. Fino, lapithkiotiki, and primofiori lemons are also juicy varieties.

2. Store Your Lemons in the Freezer

When you freeze citrus, the juice will expand and break the cell walls, making the thawed lemon softer and thus easier to squeeze.

3. Microwave the Lemon

If you keep citrus in the fridge, it may harden up and be a little more difficult to squeeze by hand. Throwing a lemon or lime in the microwave for 20 seconds warms the fruit, making it softer and easier to squeeze. If the citrus is frozen, microwave it for 30 seconds.

4. Loosen the Lemon with a Rolling Pin

On your counter or a cutting board, press and roll the citrus back and forth like you would with a rolling pin. The rolling loosens and breaks down some of the citrus membranes and makes the outside a little more pliable (see: easy to squeeze).

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

5. Stab the Lemon Repeatedly with a Knife

Sounds a little psycho, but stabbing your citrus all over with a knife before squeezing may help you extract more juice. Because when you stab your fruit first, then halve it and squeeze like normal, the formerly impenetrable peel will suddenly be full of holes that juice can escape through.

6. And/Or Peel the Lemon

You thought jabbing was intense? Try completely peeling your fruit, then squeezing it. Yes, this can get messy (wear gloves, and squeeze over a strainer to catch bits of fruit), but with no peel to keep everything intact, you’ll have citrus juice for days.

7. Cut Across the Length of the Lemon Rather Than the Width

If you go the less messy route and keep the peel intact, pay attention to how you cut the fruit. When you cut your lemon, cut across the length of the lemon rather than the width to yield slightly more juice.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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8. Fork the Lemon

A citrus reamer works well for juicing lemons, but it’s one of those tools that not every kitchen has. Fortunately, it can easily be replaced with something a little more universally available, like a fork. The tines on the fork can puncture the citrus membranes, while the bent shape can work with the curve of the fruit. After slicing the fruit in half, do an initial squeeze to extract a little juice, then stick the fork in and twist while continuing to squeeze to extract the last drops. Do this over a strainer to keep seeds and pulp at bay.

9. Use a Hand-Held Juice Press (the Right Way)

Obviously, a handheld juice press (also known as a Mexican citrus press) has one function: to juice citrus fruit. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to use a handheld press. Here’s the best way to do it: After cutting your lemon in half length-wise, take the extra step of cutting the pointed ends off the lemon. With less skin and material in its way, you’ll be able press out more juice. Furthermore, when you insert the lemon into the device, the skin side should be facing you and the cut side should be facing down toward the holes. From there, just press and voilà!

10. Alternatively, Repurpose Your Mixer Beater

Don’t have a juice press on hand? That’s okay. Here’s another creative solution for how to juice a lemon without a juicer: repurpose the beater from your handheld mixer. Stick the head of the beater in fruit, press it in, and then twist the beater back and forth to bring out the juice. As with a fork, you can do this over a strainer to keep seeds out of your juice.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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Other than salt, citrus juice is one of the most important seasonings a cook can have on hand. A little lemon juice can send eggs (yes, eggs) over the top, and give mashed potatoes (yes, mashed potatoes) a world of depth. It even can spice up grilled cheese, tomato soup and eggplant. Check out these tips for expanding your use of citrus juice when cooking:

What’s so special about our lemonade?

Dottie’s Lemonade is small family business located in Buffalo, New York. Our classic lemonade is made with a family recipe enjoyed by many. We invite you to try some of our refreshing all natural craft lemonade and other delightful beverages in the WNY area. Check back regularly for a list of locations and try our famous lemonade for a little taste of summer year-round.

Dottie’s signature flavors

Our menu includes a list of signature and specialty flavors that will make your mouth pucker and sing with sweetness. Our flavors will change per venue and day. Follow us to try something new and refreshing that Dottie is crafting. New flavors will be added as we grow.

Classic Lemonade

Our family recipe with just the right amount of fresh squeezed lip puckering lemon juice mixed with the right amount of sweetness

Strawberry Fields Lemonade

Our classic recipe mixed with oh so yummy fresh strawberries

Buffalo Gal Lemonade

Get a taste of Buffalo with our classic lemonade infused with loganberry

Sweet Cherry Pie Lemonade/Limeade

Our classic lemonade/limeade with added sweet and tart cherry flavors

Limeade

Looking to mix it up, try our amazing limeade

My Fair Lemonade

A taste of the county fair with blue cotton candy flavor mixed with our classic lemonade

Blood Orange Lemonade (seasonal)*

Fresh squeezed blood oranges mixed with our classic lemonade

The Lemon-ator*

Enjoy our biggest cup-32oz! Our delicious classic lemonade recipe mixed with fresh brewed southern sweet tea will have you saying “I’ll Be Back” for more!

Southern Sweet Tea*

Get a little taste of the south with our southern sweet tea

Hisbicuis Tea*

One of our family favorites, Hisbicuis tea mixed with some sweet honey

*Not a regular menu item, follow our locations list to see what we will be offering that day.

Where is Dottie’s?

Eastern Hills Mall—Off Broadway Farmers & Artisans Indoor Market

March 27 – 28, 2021
9 am – 6 pm

April 1 – 3, 2021
9 am – 9 pm

Our menu for this event will include: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Fields Lemonade, Buffalo Gal Lemonade, My Sweet Cherry Pie Lemonade/Limeade and My Fair Lemonade. Look for our yellow stand in the center hallway of the mall.

Follow @dottieslemonade for the latest updates

Looking for a refreshing lemonade stand at your event?

Like what you tasted and would like to serve our fresh squeezed lemonade at your weekend only event/venue? Or simply have a question? Contact us and we’ll be in touch to answer any questions about our small business.

By Deborah L Melian

Learn how to make fair-style lemonade shake ups using fresh squeezed lemons with this quick, easy and refreshing State Fair Lemonade recipe.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

One of the best beloved summer drink recipes is this State Fair Lemonade recipe, also known as Lemon Shake Ups. This recipe is based upon the version you love and come to know and expect at county fairs. It offers a sweet-tart taste that is so refreshing.

When the days get longer and warmer, it brings back memories of lazy summer afternoons as a child, with a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair. There you’d see vendors shaking up fresh lemonade in a blaze of speed that tastes amazing. That was my inspiration for this quick and easy: State Fair Lemonade.

This cool sweet-tart drink is so quintessential to everything summer. That’s why I want to share with you my “secret” recipe how to make fresh squeezed lemonade like at the fair.

You might ask, why make lemonade from fresh lemons when you could easily buy lemonade off the grocery shelf. My answer would have to be: taste, taste, taste. Nothing can compare with the freshness lemons offer when they are squeezed at home.

There’s no substitute for the real thing, believe me.

For this recipe, you have control over how many lemons you put into your drink, as well as the amount of sugar you use. I usually start out with two lemons, but there are also occasions when I make this fair lemonade recipe with more–especially if I need to fill my super large “State Fair-size” glass–or, if I want seconds.

Best of all, it’s super easy to double this recipe to satisfy a whole youth baseball team or visiting neighborhood kids.

How to Make Fair Lemonade

To Start:

If you’re planning on making a glass or two. use a lemon reamer. It’s faster and quicker, of course.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

But if you’re going to do a ton of lemons, you’ll definitely want something powered to save from wearing out your hands. A motorized stand juicer is the perfect tool for large amounts of juicing. Either way, you’ll be able to squeeze every bit of that deliciousness out of the lemons without any muss or fuss.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Next, add your sugar (white granulated sugar works best) right to the lemon juice before adding any additional water or ice and stir well.

If you do it in this order, the sugar will have a chance to dissolve fully into the lemon juice and then you’ll reduce the chance of leaving sugar at the bottom of your glass when you’re finished.

To make a “shake-up” version of fair lemonade, place your lemon juice, sugar, and half the amount of water in a tightly lidded jar. Seal. Shake until all the ingredients have combined. Then add the rest of the water. Shake again. Serve over ice. It’s that easy!

Finally, serve up your State Fair Lemonade with a sliced lemon on the rim of the glass. And there you have it – perfectly refreshing lemonade! Enjoy!

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If you love the best that county or state fairs have to offer, then check out these delicious treats (also from Wisconsin Homemaker) that definitely will win you a blue ribbon with your friends and family.

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How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Naturally refreshing! A delicate balance of sweetness and tart makes it a delicious way to quench your summertime thirst. This version has 96% fewer calories* and 97% less sugar* than the full-sugar version so be sure to go back for a refill. Makes 2 servings.

**Erythritol value may vary based on your choice of sweetener

Ingredients

1 3 ⁄ 4 cups of chilled water

4 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

Directions

Combine ingredients and stir to dissolve.

Variations

Use chilled club soda instead of water to make sparkling lemonade.

Refrigerated 100% lemon juice from concentrate may be substituted for fresh squeezed lemon juice for great lemon flavor with a little less tartness.

*This lemonade has 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving compared to 120 calories and 29 grams of sugar per serving in the full-sugar version.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
Calories: 5 Calories

Ingredients

1 3 ⁄ 4 cups of chilled water

4 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

Directions

Combine ingredients and stir to dissolve.

Variations

Use chilled club soda instead of water to make sparkling lemonade.

Refrigerated 100% lemon juice from concentrate may be substituted for fresh squeezed lemon juice for great lemon flavor with a little less tartness.

What’s so special about our lemonade?

Dottie’s Lemonade is small family business located in Buffalo, New York. Our classic lemonade is made with a family recipe enjoyed by many. We invite you to try some of our refreshing all natural craft lemonade and other delightful beverages in the WNY area. Check back regularly for a list of locations and try our famous lemonade for a little taste of summer year-round.

Dottie’s signature flavors

Our menu includes a list of signature and specialty flavors that will make your mouth pucker and sing with sweetness. Our flavors will change per venue and day. Follow us to try something new and refreshing that Dottie is crafting. New flavors will be added as we grow.

Classic Lemonade

Our family recipe with just the right amount of fresh squeezed lip puckering lemon juice mixed with the right amount of sweetness

Strawberry Fields Lemonade

Our classic recipe mixed with oh so yummy fresh strawberries

Buffalo Gal Lemonade

Get a taste of Buffalo with our classic lemonade infused with loganberry

Sweet Cherry Pie Lemonade/Limeade

Our classic lemonade/limeade with added sweet and tart cherry flavors

Limeade

Looking to mix it up, try our amazing limeade

My Fair Lemonade

A taste of the county fair with blue cotton candy flavor mixed with our classic lemonade

Blood Orange Lemonade (seasonal)*

Fresh squeezed blood oranges mixed with our classic lemonade

The Lemon-ator*

Enjoy our biggest cup-32oz! Our delicious classic lemonade recipe mixed with fresh brewed southern sweet tea will have you saying “I’ll Be Back” for more!

Southern Sweet Tea*

Get a little taste of the south with our southern sweet tea

Hisbicuis Tea*

One of our family favorites, Hisbicuis tea mixed with some sweet honey

*Not a regular menu item, follow our locations list to see what we will be offering that day.

Where is Dottie’s?

Eastern Hills Mall—Off Broadway Farmers & Artisans Indoor Market

March 27 – 28, 2021
9 am – 6 pm

April 1 – 3, 2021
9 am – 9 pm

Our menu for this event will include: Classic Lemonade, Strawberry Fields Lemonade, Buffalo Gal Lemonade, My Sweet Cherry Pie Lemonade/Limeade and My Fair Lemonade. Look for our yellow stand in the center hallway of the mall.

Follow @dottieslemonade for the latest updates

Looking for a refreshing lemonade stand at your event?

Like what you tasted and would like to serve our fresh squeezed lemonade at your weekend only event/venue? Or simply have a question? Contact us and we’ll be in touch to answer any questions about our small business.

Naturally refreshing! A delicate balance of sweetness and tart makes it a delicious way to quench your summertime thirst. This version has 96% fewer calories* and 97% less sugar* than the full-sugar version so be sure to go back for a refill. Makes 2 servings.

**Erythritol value may vary based on your choice of sweetener

Ingredients

1 3 ⁄ 4 cups of chilled water

4 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

Directions

Combine ingredients and stir to dissolve.

Variations

Use chilled club soda instead of water to make sparkling lemonade.

Refrigerated 100% lemon juice from concentrate may be substituted for fresh squeezed lemon juice for great lemon flavor with a little less tartness.

*This lemonade has 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar per serving compared to 120 calories and 29 grams of sugar per serving in the full-sugar version.

Nutrition Per Serving

Serving Size: 1 cup (8 fl. oz.)
Calories: 5 Calories

Ingredients

1 3 ⁄ 4 cups of chilled water

4 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice, about 1 large lemon

Directions

Combine ingredients and stir to dissolve.

Variations

Use chilled club soda instead of water to make sparkling lemonade.

Refrigerated 100% lemon juice from concentrate may be substituted for fresh squeezed lemon juice for great lemon flavor with a little less tartness.

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

There is nothing better than a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot day. Luckily, learning how to make homemade lemonade is pretty easy!

Here is a simple homemade lemonade recipe made with real lemons.

Ingredients you will need:

  • 4 to 6 large lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts cold water

How to make homemade lemonade (makes about 10 cups):

1. Slice the lemons in half.

2. Squeeze them into a large measuring cup. A citrus juicer or squeezer makes this process easier. There should be about 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice to make 2 quarts of lemonade.

3. Remove any seeds.

4. Combine the lemon juice and sugar, stir into the cold water. Serve over ice.

Here are some simple ratios if you’re looking to make a smaller or larger batch of lemonade:

For 1 gallon of water, use 8 to 12 lemons and 2 cups of sugar.

For 1 quart of water, use 2 to 3 lemons and 1/4 cup of sugar.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Ingredients

  • 4 to 6 large lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts cold water

Instructions

Notes

Looking for more lemonade-inspired recipes? Try our Strawberry Lemonade Pie recipe! It’s the perfect summer dessert.

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How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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How to Make Lemonade Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Dan and I’m at Rada Manufacturing . I am going to make some homemade lemonade for you.

This is a real simple recipe and there is nothing better than fresh homemade lemonade on a nice hot summer day. It is a real simple recipe; it takes two quarts of water, four to six lemons, and a cup of sugar.

We are going to squeeze the lemons, but first of all we are going to cut the lemon. I have a serrated paring knife here, it has super fine serrations, and that is one way to cut lemons. Really there are a lot of different knives that you can use for that purpose. Another way of doing it is our cheese knife; we kind of bumped into this as a possibility. It is really good for making the lemon slices for garnishes; we show it here on a glass of ice tea.

We will cut the first lemon with the serrated paring. Just cut it down the center. Then take the half and get the juice out of it. Pour it into the pitcher.

Like I said we have a quart of water in their already. We will add another quart and the sugar; we will mix it up with the handi-stir when we are done. Here is the second one. There’s nothing like that fresh lemon juice to really make for a tasty treat.

I am going to cut a lemon using the cheese knife, so you can see that. This is a little bit longer blade so I think that makes it real nice. If we were doing lemon wedges this is what you could do real easily.

I think that I will go ahead and add the sugar. Again, we are going to do four to six lemons. We are going to cut to the chase here and show the overall production.

The final step will be taking the handi-stir and mixing it up. We will go ahead and add our other five lemons. Then we will have one full, tasty, fresh lemonade that you can enjoy on a nice, hot summer day.

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This amazing homemade lemonade is the best one you’ll ever taste! Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and floating lemon slices, it’s the most refreshing lemonade recipe ever!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Nothing quenches your thirst more on a hot summer day than a nice tall glass of fresh lemonade. Especially if this lemonade is made with freshly squeezed lemons! Once you try this amazing homemade lemonade recipe, you’ll never want to drink store-bought lemonade ever again! Bottled lemonade is like a joke… and don’t get me started on the powdered stuff!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Made with freshly squeezed lemon juice and floating fresh lemon slices, this lemonade just screams “Summer!” The taste of this lemonade is so deep, so lemony, so intense, so refreshing, you just can’t get enough of this lemon dream! On a hot summer day, just sit on your backyard with a pitcher of this lemonade and pour yourself glass after glass until the whole pitcher is gone!

Not only is the homemade lemonade tastier than store-bought lemonade, it’s also so much healthier than store-bought. This freshly squeezed lemonade is all natural, made with real lemons that you squeeze yourself. No creepy chemicals, preservatives or powders – just the real fresh lemons!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How To Make Freshly Squeezed Lemonade

Making your own homemade lemonade is so easy, I wonder why anyone would ever need to buy the bottled or powdered lemonade from the store. When you taste the difference, you’ll never be able to drink the lemonade from the mix!

Here’s the lemonade making process in 4 easy steps:

  1. Squeeze 6 lemons to make 1 cup of lemon juice.
  2. Make a sweetener syrup by boiling 1 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water, then let it cool.
  3. In a pitcher, mix 8 cups of cold filtered water, lemon juice and sweetener syrup.
  4. Slice 1 lemon and add the slices to the lemonade pitcher.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Enjoy this delicious refreshing homemade freshly squeezed lemonade! If you liked this recipe, you will also love my best ever strawberry lemonade and homemade Italian lemon ice recipe!