Lemonade is a must have dinnertime staple for all frugal moms on a suburban homestead. We love to drink lemonade in the summer on our suburban homestead porch. Moreover, I have been drinking this delicious drink since I was a child, but it has to be made just right. The perfect lemonade is not too sweet, or too sour. In addition to this, it cannot be watery. Also, lemonade shake ups at our State Fair were my inspiration as I sought the perfect mix of ingredients.
Origin of the Lemonade Shake Up
Every year I am always so sad to leave the fair because this is my favorite treat. I buy the refillable cup and drink lemonade shake ups all day long. My kids’ love them too, so the large refills go along way.
The lemonade shake up originated in my home state of Indiana. Recently, a lady from Georgia commented that sweet tea is a staple in the south, so I told her that where we are from its lemonade. We both laughed because she was formerly midwestern.
Other Uses for Lemonade
First, let me first explain why this drink is one of my must haves for my suburban homestead. Lemonade is not only a drink, but can also serve for slushies, smoothies, popsicles, and a thirst quencher. Hot, steamy summer days are always remembered better with something cold.
Why not make it cold and delicious? We try to keep everything as close to natural on our suburban homestead, even our lemonade. Right now, lemons are crazy expensive so I have added the mix to help with cost. I can get more lemonade using the mix, and save my lemons to make more.
Therefore, using a few simple ingredients goes a long way. Of course, to make more, add more. Making this drink is better with an old fashioned, hand held juicer. Likewise, passing down the recipe and technique used is something that I look forward to with my children.
3 cups Country Time Mix
3 cups sugar
Fill water to the brim and refrigerate for 3 hours.
How to Make the Best Lemonade for Frugal Moms
Step one: Cut the lemons in half and using a juicer get all of the lemon juice squeezed out. Use a strainer to remove seeds. I keep a little pulp for taste. Save the lemon rinds.
Step two: Using a gallon container pour in the Country Time Mix, sugar, and water. Stir well. Next, add the lemon rinds and place in the refrigerator. I do not serve over ice because I don’t want to water down the mixture. Finally, for more desired sweetness, add more sugar, for a more sour taste another cup of Country Time Lemonade mix.
Try this affordable and frugal lemonade this summer and your kids will definitely think you’re a superhero.
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