Self-made homemade lemonade will appeal to both children and adults. Its benefits are obvious, and cooking does not take much time. Despite the name, you can make homemade lemonade not only from lemon: it is recommended to use berries, fruits, herbal infusions and even vegetables.
By placing the prepared drink in a beautiful jug or in sparkling glasses, decorating it with mint leaves, fruit slices, berries, you can get not only taste, but also aesthetic pleasure!
Homemade lemonade lemon: recipes
Recipes for making homemade lemonade are not complex, and even a child will cope with them if desired.
It would seem that it could be simpler than the recipe for making this lemonade. But here there is a trick. It consists in the fact that you need to maintain a balance between the ingredients and get a drink that is neither too acidic nor too sweet, can quench your thirst and taste good.
non-carbonated drinking water -1000 ml;
sugar -500 grams;
large lemons -3-4 pieces.
in a saucepan, combine sugar and part of the water, put the mixture on a small fire and stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Then the resulting sugar syrup is cooled, and lemon juice and water are added to it. The drink is cooled in the refrigerator, if desired, ice is added when serving.
A little trick: you can reduce the time it takes to prepare a drink if you use a blender, and use it to mix the juice of lemons with sugar, then add water and let it cool. You can add variety to classic lemonade with berries, fruits, etc. You can use soda instead of ordinary water.
Ginger lemonade at home
The resulting drink will surprise with its taste even the most sophisticated gourmet; in addition to taste, lemonade also has a refreshing effect, which will become a decisive point in favor of the drink on a hot day. Ginger root has a tonic effect on a person, drinking this drink in the morning, you can recharge with vigor and energy for the whole day. In addition, ginger is extremely useful for the whole organism: it supplies it with vitamins and improves the functioning of internal organs.
lemon juice - 20 ml;
ginger grated and squeezed through cheesecloth - a total of 20 ml;
sea-buckthorn, mashed with sugar - 25 ml;
chilled tea, with the aroma of "bergamot" - 150 ml.
All components are mixed in a large container and the drink is poured into a jug. Cool, ice is added as desired.
A little trick: to squeeze out as much juice as possible from a lemon, you need to heat it in a microwave for 20-30 seconds at maximum power. You can hold it for a minute in hot (not boiling!) Water.
Non-alcoholic "Mojito" -limonade at home: recipe
The well-known Mojito cocktail may not necessarily be with alcohol. The refreshing taste of this lemonade with a hint of menthol - which can be more beautiful in the heat.
lemon - 1 piece and 2-3 cups of fruit to decorate the drink;
mint leaves and sprigs - 100 grams;
granulated sugar - 5 tablespoons;
purified non-carbonated drinking water - 1000 ml.
Mint leaves and twigs are washed under cold water and dried on a towel. Then the plant hands torn into small segments. If you cut the grass with a knife, then there will be no strong aroma, since aromatic substances are oxidized from contact with the metal. A few leaves need to be left for decoration.
Lemon is cut in two. Each half is squeezed, you can use a juicer. About 5 tablespoons of lemon juice should form. The peel of the lemon is not thrown away, it will also serve as a drink.
In enameled dishes (metal or aluminum will oxidize from lemon juice, and the taste of the drink will be spoiled) crushed mint is poured out, and all the leaves are completely filled with water. Lemon peel is added to the mass, and gradually heated over low heat, waiting until the mixture boils. After that, the mass is cooked for another two to three minutes, and finally removed from the fire. Sugar is poured into the mixture that has not yet cooled, and is thoroughly mixed.
Now the resulting infusion is filtered through a sieve, cleaning it from particles of zest and mint "flakes" and getting the result, a beautiful color of lemonade. Pour lemon juice into the cooled and filtered lemonade, and remove the drink to cool in the refrigerator.
Pour chilled "mojito" into high glasses, decorate with a slice of lemon and mint leaves. If you add ice, then two tubes are placed in the glass.
Homemade lemonade for slim figure
The regular use of this lemonade will help keep the figure toned and slim, and an unusual combination of products will delight even the most demanding lady.
1000 ml of sparkling mineral water;
three to four sprigs of purple basil;
two fresh medium-sized cucumbers;
granulated sugar to taste.
Grate the cucumber on a grater with large holes, squeeze the juice and remove to the side. We cut the second cucumber into thin circles. We cut the lemon into two parts, squeeze it from one half and collect the juice, and cut the second into circles. In a jug or enameled container, add the circles of lemon and cucumber, and fill in the juice of cucumber and lemon, which was squeezed in advance.
Add sugar to taste, pick with your hands the leaves and branches of basil, and fill with the required amount of water according to the recipe. Insist lemonade for about an hour, and cool. We fill high glasses with ice for one quarter and pour lemonade into them.
Homemade Fruit Paradise Lemonade
This lemonade is good to prepare in the summer when there are a lot of fruits in the markets.
strawberries - 300 grams;
peaches -2 pieces;
grapes - 6-7 large berries of green and blue;
water - 1000 ml;
sugar - 300 grams;
mint leaves - for decoration - 4-5 pcs;
lemon - 2 pieces.
In an enameled saucepan, we make sugar syrup from a small amount of water and sugar. We cool and pour the chopped strawberries, apple slices, chopped pear, grapes, cut into two parts, peaches, cut into quarters.
Gently mix with a wooden spoon. Fill with the remaining water, add lemon juice. Cooling down. Pour into glasses, decorate with mint leaves. In such a lemonade there is a high content of vitamin C and trace elements, since there is no heat treatment of the drink.
if you have diabetes, you can replace sugar in recipes with fructose;
more juice from lemon can be obtained if you roll it on a board (uncut);
the remaining zest during the preparation of the drink does not need to be thrown away: dry it and put it in the cabinet where the cereals are stored - this way you protect them from insect pests;
instead of sugar, grass-stevia can be used. It tastes no sweeter than sugar;
-select lemons with a medium-sized peel - they should have a uniform combination of peel and pulp on the cut. If the pulp is larger and the crust is thin, then this is a stale lemon, and it will be too acidic;
restore dried lemon by soaking it for a while in salty cold water;
you can brush your shoes with the remaining zest, and if your head hurts, attach a slice of lemon zest to your temples;
delicious candied fruits can be made from the remaining lemon peels. To do this, the white inner layer is completely cut off from the zest, leaving only a yellow peel. Prepared crusts are soaked for two days in cold water; water needs to be changed 1-2 times;
This is necessary to eliminate bitterness. Then the crusts are boiled with sugar for 20-30 minutes. Spread on a sieve and dried in the oven for 15 minutes. After that, candied fruit roll in icing sugar, and put into storage in a cool, dry place. You can decorate cakes with such candied fruits, especially if you cut them in the form of "spirals".
What recipe for making lemonade you would not choose, it is important to remember that it will be much more useful and tastier than the purchased "chemical" soda!
The most important thing is not to be lazy, but to establish a healthy habit in preparing healthy drinks. You can involve children in the process of making lemonades, and then the culinary masterpieces "a la home fresh bar" will take the form of an exciting family leisure.