Summertime Lemonades

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Lemonade is a perfect summertime drink, doesn’t mean you can only use lemons. These days there is a great variety of fruits and herbs to update your plain old lemonade. Here are a few recipes from Martha for some delicious lemonades:

Pink Grapefruit Lemonade


1 cup sugar

2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, (about 14 lemons), plus 1 lemon, cut into thin rounds, for garnish

2 cups freshly squeezed pink-grapefruit juice, (3 large grapefruit)


Prepare an ice bath. Combine the sugar and 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Stir well, and set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, and cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the sugar has dissolved, about 10 minutes.

Pour the sugar syrup into a medium bowl, and set bowl in the ice bath to cool; the syrup should yield 2 1/2 cups.

When ready to serve beverage, combine the lemon juice, grapefruit juice, and the sugar syrup in a medium pitcher. Add the lemon rounds, and fill with ice cubes.

Blueberry-Mint Lemonade


1 pint blueberries

3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 5 lemons)

1 1/3 cups Mint Syrup for Blueberry-Mint Lemonade

Garnishes: blueberries, lemon slices


Puree berries and lemon juice in a food processor. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard pulp. Transfer to a large pitcher. Stir in mint syrup and 2 cups cold water; add ice, and serve.

Meyer-Verbena Lemonade


1/2 ounce dried verbena leaves

1/2 cup superfine sugar

1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed Meyer-lemon juice (about 12 lemons)***This lemonade may be made with ordinary Eureka lemons; just add more sugar to taste.


Prepare an ice bath. In a medium saucepan combine 1 quart water and verbena leaves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; cover, and remove from heat. Allow to steep for about 20 minutes. Chill.

Place tea, sugar, lemon juice, and 4 cups ice in a 3-quart pitcher. Stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugar.

Strawberry Lemonade


3/4 cup sugar

10 ounces strawberries

6 lemons, very thinly sliced 

1 lime, very thinly sliced



In a large pot, combine sugar, strawberries, lemons and lime. Mash with a potato masher, 5 minutes. Stir in 6 cups water and let sit 30 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a large container, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids. Serve over ice.

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