Homemade Lemonade Concentrate Tutorial

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Mmm, there's nothing like a glass of lemonade on a hot, summer day. 

Only problem?  Lemons aren't in season in the summer.  They're ripe and ready on the tree from January to early May.  Not exactly classic lemonade season.  

I needed a lot of lemon zest recently for a project I'm working on, and I hate to waste a bunch of fabulous organic lemons from our tree, so I decided to try making homemade lemonade concentrate, so I could freeze that fabulous summery flavor and actually have it during the hot weather.  

Homemade Lemonade Concentrate Recipe:

  • 2 cups of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

Juice lemons until you have two cups of fresh lemon juice. Strain out any seeds and pulp (to taste).

Combine 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar in a small saucepan, and heat until the sugar crystals have dissolved.  You're making a simple syrup, and, like it's name implies, it's very quick and easy to do.

Mix the lemon juice and simple syrup together, and freeze in a quart size freezer bag.    To make lemonade in the months ahead, simply defrost the concentrate, and mix it with four cups of water.  It makes a perfect pitcher of lemonade every time.

Now I'm ready for summer!  (Just kidding.  I'm never ready for summer in Phoenix.)

Nicole Wills, creator of Tikkido