Summer is quickly slipping away… I wish it would stay a little longer. I am going to miss it, are you?
Days are getting shorter and soon we will be bundling up in big sweaters and jeans. Temperatures are dropping and soon the leaves will be changing, this makes me pretty excited.
Don’t get me wrong, my favorite season EVER is Fall. Normally, I am looking forward to fall’s arrival, but this year summer seemed way too short. I wish it would hang around a little longer. Maybe it was because we had a record breaking winter for both temperature and snow accumulation. Heck, we even had to plow the horse pasture! That was a first for me, the drifts were so big that the babies could not climb over. I was a little worried they would get stuck and we would have to launch a rescue mission. Check out a video of the horses playing in the snow on one of the coldest days last winter: Here. It is pretty cute, but I am biased.
Anyway enough about last year’s monster winter, back to me not letting summer go–by sharing a favorite summer drink, “Mac’s, EZ Lemonade” with you. This recipe is so quick and easy, you will wonder how you have been living without it! I know that I have asked myself that exact question more than once when making this lemonade recipe.
Before I share the recipe, I think I need to let you in on a secret and the secret ingredient… as a rule, I make things from scrap, with whole ingredients and fresh, but…I am also all about quick and convenient! So when a great family friend, Mac, showed me a bottle of squeezed organic lemons, I fell in <3. I mean, it’s not hard to use the hand squeezer to make your own lemon juice. It just seems to take me a few minutes that I never seem to have. I almost feel like I am cheating on life by getting my organic lemon juice from a bottle, but when life gets busy, you have to play smart. Thanks to Mac, I can have one of my favorite drinks in no time at all now all year. Because he introduced me to the secret time saving ingredient: Italian Volcano’s Lemon Juice.
Reasons that I LOVE this juice:
1. It’s ORGANIC!
2. 1 Jar contains 80 lemons worth of juice… do you know how long it would take to hand squeeze that many lemons? I don’t even want to imagine how long it would take or how sore my arm would get.
3. It’s a great buy. You can find a two-pack of these at Costco for $7.00! Do you know how many glasses of lemonade you can make with a two-pack? MANY! More than I could count… okay maybe I would get distracted before counting them!
4. I don’t have to clean the hand squeezer.
5. It’s stored in glass… I will tell you about my love of glass soon.
6. It’s waiting for you in the fridge.
I think you get the picture… I really <3 this product and you should fall for it too!
Now for the recipe: Mac’s EZ Lemonade!
There are only 3! Count them 3 Ingredients! Simple right?
1. Italian Volcano – Lemon Juice
Alright… here is how I make Mac’s EZ Lemonade!
Grab a jar, a glass, a water bottle… something that will hold liquid and fill it 2/3 full with water.
Here is my favorite jar… it’s such a fun blue.
Bonus: it’s 34 ounces , which means I am not running for refills every two minutes!
Double Bonus: It has a lid with a straw (not pictured) but makes spills less likely.
Yes, I am pretty much a big kid and need a lid with a fun straw!
Fill your cup with water.
Pour some of your Italian Volcano juice into the water. This is where you will have to experiment to see how much you like. If you want your drink really lemony, add more. If you don’t want it as strong, then add less. To start, I normally add just enough juice that my water turns cloudy, taste and then adjust my lemonade from there.
Next grab your stevia and sweeten your drink. I have a sweet tooth so I tend to use 1-2 droppers full in a 34 ounce jar. If you are not used to Stevia, start small and add 5-10 drops until your drink is sweet enough.
Secret tip: you can always add more lemon and stevia, but you can’t always take it back.
Now that your drink is made, add ice, and enjoy!
If you want to spice up your lemonade, you can always add some strawberries or raspberries.
Italian Volcano’s Lemon Juice has revolutionized how I make lemonade!
What’s your favorite easy recipe or “cheat” healthy ingredient?