fresh squeezed lemonade

we are anxiously awaiting WARM WEATHER over here in the sf bay area, and all of the fun things it entails… but i just could not wait any longer to make fresh squeezed lemonade with my little lady. i must forewarn you that this is a photo-heavy entry… lemons just provide so much eye-candy (and other senses, too!)

it was super-easy and fun to do! here’s whatcha need:

  • 2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (we did this with 12 lemons)
  • whatever tools you wanna use to squeeze lemons dry
  • 1.5 cups raw sugar  (we used organic raw turbinado sugar, so ours looked more like tea)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • one sliced lemon & fresh springs of mint leaves for garnish

let your little one take sticker off of and wash each lemon.

have fun squeezing all of the lemons to get the juice out any way you can!


enjoy all of the sensory experiences that come along with lemons!



in a 1 gallon container or pitcher, place the sugar and hot water and stir until sugar dissolves. add the fresh lemon juice and cold water to fill the remainder of the container or pitcher.

we cut some peppermint sprigs for garnish. (note the cute plant tag!)

chill the lemonade and serve over ice (uh, but we don’t make ice in our house, so we just had to chill it longer.)

nope, it's not tea. that's the color of the raw sugar.

i had a hard time parting with the lemon rinds, so i put them in some water with cinnamon sticks and cloves and simmered it on the stove to make the house smell awesome for the day.

then N was inspired to make lemonade art…

i think we’re all set for a lemonade stand… if the weather would ever get outta the 60s and the sun would come out around here… come on memorial day weekend, bring it!




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  • Gwee

    looks mighty tasty. you can also freeze the lemon rinds for bath time. cut the lemon rinds in small pieces, put them in a pot of water and bring them to a boil on the stove, then simmer until the oils are released. strain water and rinds in cheese cloth and tie the rinds up in the cloth. pour the lemon water into your bath water and use the cheese cloth w/rinds to scrub and exfoliate. you can also mix this with any citrus rinds such as oranges or you can add rosemary, mint or other herbs of your choice. this not only smells wonderful but naturally moisturizes the skin!

    don’t forget to take a glass of this wonderful lemonade with you to relax in your bath!

  • jen

    thanks mom! (gwee is my mom – that’s what N calls her) doesn’t my mom rule??? 🙂