Lemonade

Summer is pretty much upon us. At least in Texas, it feels that way.

Other than tea, what is the biggest thirst quencher out there?

Lemonade.

May 4th is Lemonade day where little kids set up lemonade stands to learn about money and business. I find it odd that they pick a day to do this, but in this day and age everything is possible.

Back in my day, which was not that long ago, lemonade stands were a must in the summer. We didn’t do it to make extra money or learn about business. We were kids, it was what kids do. Any reason for us to stay outside and yell to our hearts content.

I love lemonade. I love anything liquid really. Water, Citrus Water, Cucumber Water, Lemonade, Pink Lemonade, Strawberry Lemonade, Raspberry Lemonade, Cherry Limeade, Tea, Sweet Tea…..see where I’m going.

I can’t do powder drinks. Most contain aspartame and the next thing I know my meter is waving at me and I feel like I’m going to die. Not to mention the powder water ratio is always off. There never is a perfect balance.

Then you make your own lemonade and end up putting too much lemon juice in causing you to oversaturate it with sugar to make up for the over tartness and it becomes this syrupy mess.

During Thanksgiving I figured out how to make the perfect lemonade. It is perfect. Enough tartness to slightly pucker your lips when you drink it. Enough sugar to mute the lemon juice creating the most balanced lemonade ever created.

lemonade

Lemonade

2 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
32 oz of water
5 teaspoons sugar

Directions

Pour squeezed lemon juice into a liter carafe.

Add sugar. Swish around until sugar is dissolved in the lemon juice.

Add water. Stir until well combined.

Makes 4 cups. Per 8 oz. Calories: 25, Carbohydrates: 7 grams, Sugar: 6 grams.

1 lemon = 2 1/2 oz.

Screw soda. Drink cherry limeade and lemonade for the rest of your life.

If you drank the full liter, it would only be 100 calories, 28 grams of carbs, 24 grams of sugar.

A 12oz can of Coke has 140 calories, 39 grams of carbs and sugar.

Which would you drink?

Lemons only cost 25 cents! You can buy 4 for a dollar, and squeeze the juice into a small snack container and use it as needed. Instead of paying $1.08 for a 32oz of soda at McDonalds, use it for lemonade. You’ll make 4x the amount of lemonade. And not only is it better for you, it won’t suck the calcium out of your bones or rot your teeth like soda does.

I really should take my own advice.

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