classic lemonade + a gift
On hot days, nothing hits the spot quite like good old fashioned, classic lemonade. I am risking sounding like a cheesy commercial but stopping just short of saying things like, “gee, golly – this lemonade sure is tasty, Ma!”
But really – it is.
A few weeks ago, we put together little gift baskets full of lemonade fixings for the Buddy’s preschool teachers. It was the end of the school year, and we wanted to give his teachers (who we love) something that they would be able to use and enjoy with their families over summer vacation. Lemonade fixings were the perfect idea.
We put together baskets of lemons, a citrus juicer, adorable mason jar glasses, colorful straws and some bright kitchen towels – because squeezing all of those lemons tends to make a bit of a mess.
My very favorite part of this whole gift was the handwritten recipe cards made by the Buddy, himself. He wrote the recipe out one time and then with just a small amount of computer magic, I shrunk it down and fit it onto little cards to attach to the baskets. I think that was he’s teachers’ favorite part as well.
I’m pretty much in love with his handwriting.
If you’ve never made homemade lemonade, you must give it a try. Admittedly, the juicing of the lemons takes a bit of time, but it’s so worth it. Besides the taste of fresh, delicious lemons, this lemonade also has the ability to be completely customized. Reduce the sugar for a less sweet drink. Add berries or herbs for a fun and unexpected twist.
The possibilities are endless.
To make things go a little more smoothly in the juicing department, I cut all of my lemons in half before squeezing any of them. That way wouldn’t have to repeatedly stop, slice, squeeze, stop, slice, squeeze.
This has become an instant favorite in our house – every single person loved it. Again, what’s not to like?
Enjoy and Happy Monday!
Yield: makes 6 - 1 cup servings