Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Front Porch Lemonade

This post is in honor of my mother for Mother's Day.

My children love to pretend they have a lemonade stand.  They have been after me forever to buy lemons so I can make lemonade for them to use.  I finally got lemons the last time I went shopping, and we made lemonade today.  Of course, Alissa and Jake both had to help as much as their little hands could!  They couldn't get out the door fast enough with their lemonade.

Jake and Alissa at their pretend lemonade stand.

I thought I would share the recipe with you.  My mother is the one that gave me the recipe.  It makes a wonderful summer treat and could be used at a dinner on Mother's Day.  Mama brings it to every family function we have.  She would be in trouble if she didn't!

My glass of lemonade on the front porch.

Front Porch Lemonade

The juice from 4 squeezed lemons (We like the pulp in it, but it can be strained to remove the pulp.)
1 1/2 - 2 cups sugar (gasp!  I know, but this is the south!  Stevia can be substituted.)
1 gallon of water.

Measure sugar into a pitcher that has at least a one gallon capacity.  Pour 1/2 gallon of water into the pitcher as you stir to dissolve the sugar.  Continue stirring until sugar is dissolved.  Pour in the lemon juice and remaining water.  Stir to mix well.  Store in the refrigerator until it's cold.  We don't like it over ice since the ice waters it down quickly on hot days, but it can certainly be served that way.

I know there are many variations of lemonade.  Do you have a favorite ingredient you like to add?  I would love to hear it!

What about a favorite memory of your mother or mother-figure?  I have so many!  I think one of my favorites is being with my mother and seeing her wide-eyed amazement when we visited London.  I know she never dreamed she would ever be able to travel overseas.  It was special to get to watch her.  My other favorite is just all the hugs we enjoyed through the years and the hours I spent with my head in her lap.  There is nothing like a mother's love!


  1. Make up extra lemonade & freeze it in ice cube trays to use in your glass without watering it down :) You could even freeze a sliver of lemon or strawberry in it... that would be pretty!!

    I love watching my mom interact with my children... or to watch her watching them play... she can get so tickled just watching! I sure wish she lived closer!!

    1. Now, why didn't I think of that! That is a wonderful idea!

      What a sweet reflection on your mom! Thank you for sharing!