Simply Citrus

It’s citrus season in Florida and the oranges, grapefruit and lemons are taking over. It’s such a cheerful time of year, that it makes me forget how horrible the last four months were as I survived my first summer in the south (humidity, bugs, heat, daily thunderstorms, oh my). So to celebrate this wonderful season, let’s make some fresh lemonade! — Jen

Simply Lemonade

2 cups sugar
1 cup hot water
3 cups fresh lemon juice
10 cups cold water

Mix sugar and hot water together until sugar is dissolved (you don’t want sugar crystals in your lemonade). Add the lemon juice and cold water and stir. That’s it! Simple, yet refreshing. If you like it more sour, use less sugar and less water (which is what I prefer). Then again, I was the pregnant lady who drank pints of fresh lemon juice every day. Here’s to citrus season!

We use an electric juicer because it is an easy and safe way for the kids to help (and it was only $15 on Amazon). So while they are busy juicing the lemons, I can get the water and sugar mixture ready. Then we pour all our liquids in the carafe together and enjoy the freshest lemonade out there.

I also wanted to share some citrus inspiration that I have stumbled across these past few days as I am trying to figure out what to do with it all. FYI: We counted 27 tangerine trees in our backyard forest, 18 orange trees and 3 lemon trees. It’s a great time to be in Florida.

{Photo by Eric Piasecki ©Katie Ridder Rooms, The Vendome Press, 2011.}

{ Image from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures }

{ Buy this print from Nella Designs }

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9 Responses to Simply Citrus

  1. melissa November 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Wonderful! Wish I was there. These photos make me happy. 🙂 FYI,citrus makes beautiful paint stamps for the kids. 😉

    • familysponge November 16, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

      What do you mean paint stamps?! I am intrigued! I have so much citrus I need ideas like this!

      • melissa November 17, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

        We do produce painting pretty often. Potatoes, apples (pretty star print) and lemons are some of our favs. I squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and plump the lemon back up. Just dip your fruit and veggies in paint and stamp. We just used different sized potatoes to make a snowman. I think a lemon would make a pretty wreath painting. I have Christmas on the brain! 😉

        • familysponge November 23, 2011 at 10:59 am #

          Melissa, do you have a post of the potato snowman? I would love to share pics and the how-to with FS. Although, I love carbs very much, so I would have a tough time sacrificing a spud. But in the name of art and encouraging my daughter’s creativity, I’ll do it! – Jadah

          • melissa November 23, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

            Taking some pics of a potato stamped snowman on burlap in the next week or so. Will send it over to you. I understand the sadness of losing a good potato, although it’s a bit easier for me when it’s not fried! 😉

  2. Popo Joy November 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I have this Black & Decker juicer. It is perfect. Small and super easy to use on everything from tiny limes to super size ruby red grapefruit. Believe it or not, here in Hawaii, its citrus season too. I am harvesting super sized ruby red grapefruit now, and the Meyer lemons, oranges and tangerines are on their way.

    • familysponge November 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      So true. I love how I can juice all different size citrus with it. Glad it’s citrus season in Hawaii, too! Makes me happy someone else can experience the happiness of fresh lemons and oranges.

  3. Stephanie November 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

    Yum~Love lemons and limes!!! Thanks for the lemonade recipe!

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