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Making Lemonade with Real Lemons

Lemonade with Real Lemons

They say that when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. This week my mother-in-law provided me with a giant bag full of lemons plucked from the tree outside her house, so I set about making lemonade with real lemons.

This is a really quick and easy recipe, so it’s great if friends have just popped round unexpectedly, and went down very well during our Portuguese lesson yesterday! It’s also very refreshing – perfect as Portugal warms up for another hot summer season.

Lemonade Ingredients

Lemonade with Real Lemons

Lemonade with Real Lemons

250 ml water
1 cup sugar
250 ml lemon juice
1 litre water (additional)


1. Put 250 ml water in a pan with the sugar. Heat gently and stir frequently until the sugar has dissolved.
2. Turn off the heat, then stir in the lemon juice.
3. Add the litre of water to dilute the mixture and stir thoroughly.
4. Serve in large pitchers full of ice, with a few lemon slices thrown in if you wish.


I never realised quite how easy it was to make lemonade with real lemons, and will be doing so again.

For anyone reading this post wishing they lived somewhere where life’s problems include having too many lemons to know what to do with, I highly recommend this book:
Driving Over Lemons: An Optimist in Andalucia (The Lemons Trilogy)