citrus trees + lemonade

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hi all!  did everyone have a happy memorial day weekend?  having 3 days off in a row was a luxury.  we did some bike riding, swimming, BBQing, and had a bachelorette viewing party last night.  yeah, my friends and i are the coolest!  you better believe they'll be a post about the bach--it's a total guilty pleasure, and we love to have dinner together and heckle it.  (btw, if you watch the bach, and don't read knox mccoy's blog, you're missing out.)  anywayyyy...

i never really thought i'd live in a place where citrus trees grew in your yard like a normal tree.  i LOVE that about southern california!  we have a lemon tree on our property, and our adorable landlord lets us pick lemons whenever we want them!  makes me giddy for several reasons: a) i love an excuse to get back to basics and climbing a tree to clip down fruit gives me a good nature fix, and b) we can make yummy lemonade!  

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we use the heck out of the lemons we gather, too.  not only do we make lemonade, but they look so pretty as table decor or in a bowl, and i always use it to clean our porcelain sink, and .  who knew that there were so many uses for lemons!

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easy homemade lemonade recipe:

  • juice of 4 lemons
  • simple syrup: 1 cup white sugar + 1 cup water
  • 3-4 cups water (to dilute)
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in a saucepan, bring water + sugar to a boil.  stir constantly until sugar has dissolved (about 10 minutes).  add simple syrup, lemon juice, and 3-4 cups of water (to taste) in a pitcher with ice.  and voila: homemade lemonade!

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parker loves to make fresh-squeezed lemonade and incorporate other ingredients to make a summery cocktail.  a few fun recipe ideas are:

  • a splash of bourbon and muddled mint leaves
  • a dash of an herb like thyme, rosemary, or basil
  • white wine, triple sec, + citrus fruit for a tropical sangria
  • or with pomegranate, key limes, or another fruit, as a base for a margarita!

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soooo yummy!  do you have any special lemonade mix-ins you like to use?  i'm always up for a fun new suggestion!
Posted on May 28, 2013 and filed under LA, party, pretty, yummy.