It’s almost officially summer, and I’ve already made a few batches of this super easy lemonade. I know sugar isn’t the healthiest thing in the world to consume, but lemon juice is really good for you, so my hope is that to two balance each other out. 😀 Besides, there are times when sugar is beneficial to the body, such as when you need to get rehydrated without ‘diluting’ your body. How do you know if you are diluting your body? If you feel thirsty despite drinking water, then your body is probably feeling diluted and getting rid of the extra water as soon as you drink it, which is extra work for the kidneys and extra trips to the bathroom. This is when you need salt and/or sugar to help you absorb the water. And when it’s hot out, lemonade just really hits the spot, ya know?
This small batch lemonade is quick and easy to make, which is great for me because making a beverage for dinner is usually an afterthought for me, or sometimes you’re thirsty now and don’t want to wait. The benefit of making it in small batches is that you can finish it right away and reap the benefits of fresh pressed lemon juice, which diminish fairly quickly. This recipe makes approximately 3 servings, depending how much everyone likes to drink. Feel free to double, triple, etc.
Easy Small Batch Lemonade
2 cups (or so) filtered water, divided
1 cup ice
1/3 cup unrefined cane sugar
5 small lemons, juiced, approx. 3/4 cup
pinch of unrefined salt (optional)
In a small pot, heat 1 cup of the filtered water until hot enough to quickly dissolve sugar. Add the 1/3 cup unrefined cane sugar and stir to dissolve. Remove from heat.
Pour sugar water mixture into a 1 liter water carafe or a quart-size mason jar. Add ice and stir.
Juice the 5 small lemons with a citrus juicer.
Pour juice into the carafe or jar. Add remaining water and stir. Taste and add more water if desired. Add a small pinch of salt if desired for electrolytes.
Lemonade will be cold and ready to serve!
The two flavor options I love best actually make the lemonade a longer process, so start it a few hours early to allow flavors to infuse.
Option #1 Chop some fresh ginger root and add to lemonade. May wish to strain out before serving.
Option #2 Add chopped ginger and torn fresh basil leaves.
I’m sure you can think of other things to add, like strawberries and raspberries!