Kids can make this summertime treat on their own!For kids making fresh lemonade is almost as much drinking it. Almost! What, for adults, is tedious work--squeezing lemons--is fun for kids. And so lemonade has the potential to be an independent activity and a treat all at once. And as a work-at-home moms, I am always looking for this elusive combination.
However, the problem with lemonade is that to make it right you need to boil, or at least heat, the water so that all the granulated sugar doesn't sink to the bottom. And boiling a simple syrup is something younger kids can't do on their own. This no-boil lemonade recipe gets around that. And it keeps your kitchen cooler!
- 2 cups lemon juice (fresh squeezed, around 9-10 large lemons)
- 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups superfine sugar
- 3 cups water (room temperature)
- 5 cups water (iced)
- Squeeze the lemons. Roll lemons on the counter. Press hard! This will make juicing them much easier. Cut lemons in half. (An adult should cut them for kids who have not been taught how to cut safely.) Extract the juice using a juicer until you have 2 cups of lemon juice.
- Mix the sugar. Add 3 cups of water and sugar to pitcher. Use the least amount first; you can always add more later. If you like your lemonade tart (as we do!), you won't want to. Screw on lid and shake for 30 seconds or until sugar is dissolved. A minute or two after shaking the water should look clear.
- Make lemonade! Add lemon juice pouring it through a small strainer or slotted spoon to catch the seeds. Don't worry if you don't catch them all. That's how people know it's homemade. If you like pulp scoops some of it out of the strainer and add it along with the ice water. Screw on lid and shake again. Refrigerate and then enjoy!
Superfine sugar is available in stores, but is relatively expensive compared to using granulated sugar to make your own superfine sugar. (Note: You use more superfine sugar than you would granulated sugar in a boil recipe.) You can make superfine sugar in advance and have it available for the kids to use. We use the blender rather than the food processor so the kids can make it too.
Also sugar substitutes, such as Splenda and stevia, will dissolve using this method. If you substitute one of these for all or part of the sugar, you should use less since those sweeteners are made to equate with granulated sugar. You can always add more to the finished product if you don't think it is sweet enough.
Important! While these "Kids Can Cook" recipes are written with kids in mind, they are not necessarily meant for kids to make without adult help. Kids' ages and level of cooking knowledge will affect how much help they need in the kitchen. So kids, always ask your parents before cooking anything!