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Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:50 PM

Homemade Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

It's time for cool and refreshing summer drinks again! This year, we're making lemonade, but really we're making lemonade concentrate. You know those cans of concentrated lemonade you can buy at the grocery store and mix with water to make a big pitcher of boring, overly sweet lemonade? Well, this is way better than that! The real trick for this recipe is to steep your lemon zest in the simple syrup after it comes off the heat to let that lemon oil really infuse into the syrup.

We found that this concentrate mixed at a ratio of 2 parts concentrate to 4 parts whatever you're mixing it with. So, for the plain one, we did 2 parts concentrate to 4 parts sparkling water. For the cocktail, we did 2 parts concentrate, 1 part bourbon, 3 parts sparkling water. Your concentrate may have more or less intense flavour, so find whatever ratio works best for you! Also, if you're using a box grater for the lemon zest as we did here, make sure to avoid getting the pith as much as you can, as it will add a bitter flavour to your lemonade.

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Saviolo Jul 2021 OP
Kali Jul 2021 #1
Saviolo Jul 2021 #2
pansypoo53219 Jul 2021 #3
Saviolo Jul 2021 #4
pansypoo53219 Jul 2021 #5

Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 04:31 PM

1. yum

that is just about how I do fresh (and I just love it sparkling too) never thought of using the zest! d'oh!

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Response to Kali (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 22, 2021, 06:02 PM

2. It adds so much lemon aroma!

There are a few ways of doing it. I've also seen it done by putting strips of the lemon peel in the sugar before turning it into syrup (that's how Chef John of Foodwishes does it), but we like this method. Maybe a little fiddlier, but can't beat the results.

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Response to Saviolo (Original post)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 02:38 AM

3. i am lazy. ice + sugar + lemon wedge squeezed + water. tho i switched to black + teaspoon of honey.

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Response to pansypoo53219 (Reply #3)

Fri Jul 23, 2021, 01:17 PM

4. This is actually a great lazy recipe.

You make it once, then freeze it into one-ounce ice cubes or something, and just pop them into a glass with whatever appropriate amount of water you want to make a nice refreshing glass of cold lemonade whenever you want.

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Response to Saviolo (Reply #4)

Sat Jul 24, 2021, 01:54 AM

5. i prefer grapefruit. ran-out of lemon + had to do frozen oj. least fav citrus. AHA! raspberries

been throwing in a few raspberries w/ the lemon. limes later. if i can't find canned grapefruit. WHERE IS IT???

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