The Lemonade Bar: Homemade Lemonade 5 Different Ways

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Nothin’ says summer quite like a big ole glass of ice cold lemonade. You know what I mean, when the only thing that can really cool you down after a hot day out in the sun is a popsicle or lemonade. They are basically the epitome of summer if you ask me.

I’ve been wanting to try to make infused lemonades for a while now. The idea started when I found some dried lavender at a local health food store. And when I realized how easy it was to make really delicious homemade lemonade, I wanted to try other flavors, and on and on and on, until I came up with these five different lemonades.

Now that we’re entering the official hot season of summer, July and August, make one of these to quench your thirst and keep you hydrated while you’re out having summer fun!

 Lavender Vanilla Lemonade

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I never realized how good flower flavored drinks can taste! This lavender lemonade is perfect for a fancy brunch with eggs benedict and french toast or a princess-themed birthday party! The light pink color is a wonderful addition to any super cute day spent with friends.

Lavender Vanilla Lemonade
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Serves: 12-15 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 tablespoons dried lavender
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, pour 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the sugar, dried lavender, and vanilla and stir. Remove from the heat, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. When done steeping, add the lemon juice and then strain the liquid to remove the pulp and lavender.
  3. Pour into a large pitcher and add the remaining 4 more cups of water. Serve over ice.

 

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Watermelon Mint Lemonade

I grew up in a small coastal tourist town, so summers were always a blast because who doesn’t like to make new friends every week for three months?

My summer included spending days on the beach, riding bikes late at night, and participating in cool fun summer games at our local shops and restaurants.

One of my favorite memories of summer was when The Sugar Shak, our candy shop, had a watermelon seed spitting contest. Um hello, that had my name written all over it.

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Although I lost, badly, it was still so.much.fun and provided me and my friends with loads of laughter.

This watermelon lemonade totally reminds me of that time. Maybe while you’re making this lemonade you can have a watermelon seed spitting contest of your own!

Watermelon Mint Lemonade
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Serves: 12-15 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • 2 cups watermelon, chopped
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the sugar and mint leaves, stir, remove from heat, and cover. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. While the mint sugar water is steeping, blend the watermelon, lemon juice, and remaining 4 cups of water in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
  3. Combine and strain the watermelon liquid and mint sugar liquid into a large pitcher to remove the pulp and leaves. Serve over ice.

 

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Basil Lemonade

I know you’ve been questioning my counting skills after seeing the top photo and reading the title of this post. But I promise, there were 5 different types of lemonade to begin with.

I won’t name names (*cough cough, Jordin, cough cough*) or say what happened (only that it involved glass meeting concrete floor a little too fast), but it ended up being a good thing because I doubt all 5 lemonades would have fit in that top photo anyway.

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So I give you the secret lemonade, basil lemonade. I really like herb flavored drinks, and this one takes the cake. Basil totally compliments the lemon flavor perfectlyyyy. Hello goodness.

Basil Lemonade
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Serves: 12-15 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the sugar and basil leaves, stir, cover, and let steep for 10 minutes.
  2. When the basil is done steeping, pour in the lemon juice and strain into a large pitcher to remove the pulp and leaves. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and serve over ice.

 

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Ginger Peach Lemonade

Okay, this one is hands down Vivian’s and my favorite lemonade. We lurve it. 

I think Vivian downed five cups of it in one sitting while watching the Barbie show. No shame. 

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The peach takes away a lot of the tartness of the lemons, so it’s very sweet, and the ginger adds a subtle tang. Perfection if you ask us. You never see orange lemonades anywhere, so it’d be a really fun drink for a birthday party or barbecue.

Ginger Peach Lemonade
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Serves: 12-15 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
  • ½ cup sliced fresh ginger
  • 2 peaches, seeded and peeled
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the sugar and ginger, stir, cover, and remove from heat. Let steep for 15 minutes.
  2. While the ginger sugar water is steeping, blend the peaches, lemon juice, and remaining 4 cups of water in a blender or food processor until smooth.
  3. Combine the two liquids and strain into a large pitcher to remove the ginger and pulp. Serve over ice.

 

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Strawberry Lemonade

This is the total classic infused lemonade recipe. I know it’s been made a million times, but it’s so good that I had to include my own version!

Strawberries and lemonade mixed together = pool party for sure. 

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Add a few strawberry slices and listen to your favorite tunes and you’ve got yourself summertime in a cup (P.S., I don’t even know why I’m talking like I’m straight out of the 60’s, but it’s fun.)

Strawberry Lemonade
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Serves: 12-15 cups
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice (3-4 lemons)
  • 10 strawberries, hulled
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir until it is completely dissolved. Remove from heat, cover, and set aside.
  2. In a blender or food processor, blend the strawberries, lemon juice, and remaining 4 cups of water until smooth.
  3. Combine the sugar water and strain the liquid into a large pitcher to remove the strawberry seeds and lemon pulp. Serve over ice.

 

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I hope you enjoy these lemonades as much as I do! They are so easy to make (I made all five in about an hour) and can vibe up any get together. Summer is the time to enjoy your loved ones, play in the pool, laugh a lot, and make new memories.

I hope these lemonades can be included in those sunset porch swing moments, beachside barbecues, and anywhere else you might need a fun drink to spice up the party!

Happy summer!

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