If you have been wondering how to make fresh lemonade, let me show you how with the best lemonade recipe ever.
Summer is upon us and I’ve never felt more indifferent. Usually I’m elated when my favorite season arrives, but this year I just feel lost. I’m trying to keep a positive attitude when it comes to discovering what summer means in my new city, but I find myself longing for the salty beach air, and sand between my toes.
I have to constantly remind myself that life is different now. Things can be great even if they are different. When I first learned we were moving, some friends of mine gave me a pep talk along the lines of, “you can never better yourself unless you try new things and expand your horizons.” Sound advice, but it doesn’t make things any easier in this moment right now.
Some positives I’m focusing on:
-Listening to my neighbors outside laughing, dancing and listening to music. Once this bum leg I’m nursing heals up, I’m hoping to go out and join them one night.
-Lemon tree and plum tree in our backyard are providing a ton of new recipe inspiration for me.
So I have those things going for me.
I took my first official lemon harvest and grilled it up in order to make this grilled lemonade recipe. I’ve kind of become a lemonade junkie in the last few years, especially in the summer time, but I’ve never made fresh lemonade before. The bottle of Tito’s vodka in my freezer was the catalyst for this particular recipe. (don’t judge)
I love grilled fruit in the summer and this fresh lemonade recipe did not disappoint. The grilling gives it a bit of a smoky, richer flavor which is more up my alley than super sweet varieties. It tasted great mixed with Tito’s too if you’re looking for an adult summer beverage.
If there are any Bay Area locals out there willing to give me some tips on must-do summer activities, I’m all ears. I’ll bring the drinks!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 6-10 lemons, enough for 2 cups of juice depending on size
- Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil, stirring until sugar fully dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Heat a grill or a grill pan to medium heat. Cut lemons in half and place each half cut-side down on the grill grates. Grill for 2-4 minutes until charred.
- Juice charred lemons into a bowl or measuring cup, then strain juice to remove any seeds or unwanted pulp.
- Combine 2 cups lemon juice and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Add more water until desired flavor is reached.
- Chill before serving.
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