Lemonade, fresh summer staple since…forever. Compared to plain old water it adds some taste so it’s not too boring. It/s packed with vitamin C, which never hurts. It has a refreshing taste and makes you feel like it’s a deadly weapon against thirst. It’s no wonder lemonade stands have become the symbol of first businesses for kids everywhere.
Have I mentioned it’s delicious? For me especially since I’m a sucker for anything sour,
Which is why I order lemonade quite often while having a drink out during the day. At least in the summer. But we never made it at home. It just seems like too much of a hassle when you’re thirsty and you need something to quench the beast immediately. It takes squeezing and ice and optionally sugar and some like it very watery, some like it extra sour.
So I thought “How can I make this in bulk so it would be readily available in the fridge?” The answer is: you can’t. At least not if you want it to be good. For some reason, lemonade does not really keep well. You can immediately feel that it’s been sitting there for some time. But also vitamin C tends to decompose fairly quickly even at lower temperatures.
What about freezing temperatures?
Freezing temperatures, however, are a different story.
Hence the awesome idea of lemon ice cubes.
Squeeze your lemons in bulk. As you can see we make it a family affair Don’t forget to roll them first with the palm of your hand to make them softer. This helps release more juice.
Freeze the lemon juice into cubes. Once the juice is frozen just add water and voila! Fresh, cold, delicious lemonade.
The added bonus is that since it takes some time for the cubes to melt, you can refill your glass with water a couple of times and it will still be as delicious as the first sip.
An ice-cold lemonade is not the only way you could use these cubes. They’re also a great addition to tea when you need an extra shot of vitamin C during cold season or if you just fancy a more acidic taste with you fruit tea infusion. Just add two cubes to a freshly brewed searing hot tea and they will do two things: add the dash of lemon you needed and bring down the temperature of the tea to a drinkable level. No waiting! Super quick and super convenient, especially when you’re sick and squeezing lemons and waiting for your tea is just an extra hassle. Try it!
Happy summering or wintering (yes, I just made these words up)!