In the 1800's this is how people made lemonade--you can do it too! It's not that difficult, and tastes wonderful!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Peel the rinds from the 5 lemons and cut them into 1/2 inch slices. Set the lemons aside.

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  • Place the rinds in a bowl and sprinkle the sugar over them. Let this stand for about one hour, so that the sugar begins to soak up the oils from the lemons.

  • Bring water to a boil in a covered saucepan and then pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds. Allow this mixture to cool for 20 minutes and then remove the rinds.

  • Squeeze the lemons into another bowl. Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture. Stir well, pour into pitcher and pop it in the fridge! Serve with ice cubes.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount for the entire lemon. The actual amount of the lemon consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

268.9 calories; 1.6 g protein; 76.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 12.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2004
This is wonderful, especially with Meyer lemons. Be careful with the sugar though. I started with less sugar and didn't need to add the rest. A tip to those who think this is bitter- the peel is not bitter, the white membrane inside it is. Use a sharp knife to peel the lemons and take only the colored part, not the white, and no bitterness. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/25/2011
Tasted too much of the lemon rinds. Read More
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318 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 256
  • 4 star values: 35
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2004
This is wonderful, especially with Meyer lemons. Be careful with the sugar though. I started with less sugar and didn't need to add the rest. A tip to those who think this is bitter- the peel is not bitter, the white membrane inside it is. Use a sharp knife to peel the lemons and take only the colored part, not the white, and no bitterness. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2005
The best lemonade I've ever tasted- you can make this recipe simpler by juicing the lemons first, then adding sugar to the rinds. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/09/2004
Nice taste, but one tip... resist the urge to press the peel or stir it around in the sugar. Just put it in, mix it lightly and let it alone! Otherwise the end result will be bitter. Trust me. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/07/2005
Loved this Lemonade I would call it extremely intense. I probably would not fix another lemonade recipe after trying this one. I did just zest the lemons instead of peeling turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2011
We have a lemon tree in our backyard and since I discovered this recipe last summer, I've made so many batches of lemonade I don't even follow a recipe anymore! This is the best lemonade recipe! Typically, I take 4-5 lemons, peel the rind off a couple of them (I use a potato peeler), place them in a bowl and pour a cup or so of sugar over them. Then I squeeze the lemons and boil however much water looks like is needed to fill my pitcher. When the water has boiled, I put the sugar/rind mixture in a fine strainer, pour the water over it, and then pour the lemon juice into the strainer as well. What I like about this way is that from there, I can season to taste. I can either add more sugar (and because the mixture is still warm, it will dissolve) or more lemon juice, or more warm water from the tap. Once it tastes perfect, I leave it on the counter to cool some and then put it in the fridge to chill. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2004
I kept the recipe as is, then after it was all done I taste tested with more lemons and water ready to go. Turned out great! Ended up using 2 more lemons and a cup more water, but it was to our taste. Advice on not stirring the sugar and peel mixture worked great. Just pour the sugar and leave it alone. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2005
This was the best lemonade ever!! I make it all the time now! I made it and mixed it with vodka for New Years and it was fabulous!! The lemon oil from the skins really overpowers even the cheap party vodka I used and made for a really nice tasty drink for my guests. Everyone wanted the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2004
This truly is spectacular lemonade. A bit sweet so Im adding water or lots of ice as I drink. Great tip from another reviewer - do NOT play around, stir, or mix rinds, just let sugar and then water sit and then remove carefully to prevent bitterness. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/25/2011
Tasted too much of the lemon rinds. Read More
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