When I was a kid, one summer my younger brother and I put together a pretty epic lemonade stand. We lived in a subdivision that was under construction, and it was a blazing hot summer. Needless to say, a lot of construction workers and new home shoppers wanted a glass of our refreshing lemonade. And we had a great form of advertising… word of mouth. And by that, I mean our mouths, yelling really loud over and over again, “Ice cold lemonade and ice cold tea!” (we sold iced tea too).
We did so well that we sold $20 worth of lemonade in just a couple hours, at only $0.25 a glass. That’s a pretty serious amount of lemonade for a couple kids to crank out (with significant free labor from our parents!) And the lemonade we sold wasn’t just your garden variety lemonade. It was special lemonade. The tartness of the lemonade was balanced by a nice melody of natural fruity flavors.
Ever since those days, I’ve been drinking this lemonade. Anytime summer time rolls around, I turn to this family classic that we’ve been making for decades now. It really hits the spot. I hope you enjoy this simple twist on a classic American drink. And best of all, this lemonade is really simple to make.
- Country Time Lemonade (or your favorite lemonade mix)
- 1 naval orange
- 1 lemon
- Cold water
Follow the directions on your Country Time Lemonade mix. The above picture is 2 quarts of lemonade, which required 4 scoops of lemonade mix and cold water.
Simply slice your orange and lemon up in about quarter inch thick slices, and add them to your lemonade.
Shake everything up and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours so that the orange and lemon really have a chance to do their magic.
In the above, I used about half of a large naval orange, and about a quarter of a very large lemon. Play around with the ratio of lemon to orange that you want depending on how much lemonade you are making.
What’s also great about this lemonade is that you don’t need to slice fresh oranges and lemons every time you make the lemonade. You can do such if you want of course. But when I drink all the lemonade, I make 2 or 3 more pitchers of lemonade with the same oranges and lemon before I replace the orange and lemon slices. I simply add more of the Country Time Lemonade mix to the container, and fill it back up with water, shake everything around, and let it sit for a couple more hours in the fridge.
The best thing about this lemonade is that the orange and lemon really soften the “harsh” sugary punch that is often associated with lemonade mixes. My lemonade is light and refreshing, and tastes very fresh, with subtle fruity notes. And best of all, it takes no time to make since you don’t have to freshly squeeze/juice a million lemons. This lemonade mix is great for parties, and will really please your guests.