Making lemonade in a blender has truly revolutionized my summer.
Eh, I’m not much of a lemonade drinker, said the old me. But the concept of making lemonade, fresh, fast, sweet and almost creamy-like (thank you sweetened condensed milk) has made me into something of a new summer person. This version of lemonade takes, oh, let me see, three seconds? And requires four ingredients: lemons, sugar, water, and sweetened condensed milk. And it’s definitely tart and refreshing, but is still magically mellow and light because of the – yep, you guessed it. SCM.
Life-changing news here. There’s no requirement of making a simple syrup! Cause who wants to take the time to make a simple syrup when all you really want is a big glass of homemade lemonade five minutes ago? Not me, obvi.
Sometimes I make blog things, and then successively make them 3, 4, 5 more times within the first few days of trying them out. This was definitely one of those times.
And for good reason, because guess what is fun to do with lemonade? Put it in mason jars and give it away as a get-well-soon gift, along with a batch of oatmeal flax blueberry muffins and a few extra pieces of Oreo fudge ice cream bars. If that doesn’t heal the soul, then you probably weren’t even sick to begin with.
Just ignore me.
Or you can also serve this lemonade to friends to offset the “not very spicy” jalapeno burgers that accidentally got red-faced-dripping-sweat-spicy. Woops. Between the Oreo fudge ice cream soup and the tastebud-singeing jalapeno burgers, people definitely love having dinner with us.
Veering off-course: can you do me a favor? Go type “lemons” somewhere, kind of quickly.
No. Nope. Don’t scroll on until you do it.
Did you type lemonds? I honestly cannot stop typing the word lemonds. I’ve thought about it every time I know the word is coming up as I’m writing today. No d, no d, no d in lemons. Yet somehow the word that appears on the page is lemonds.
Conversations like this are reason number 599 why it’s good that I’m not going to be a full time blogger.
I’m more better at things like drinking lemonade and remembering to lick the extra sweetened condensed milk off the spoon before it hits the bottom of the sink, not to mention finding adorable mason jar mugs for ninety cents at thrift stores and pretending that I’ve been drinking out of mason jars all my trendy life. That’s what I do best.
- 3 lemons
- 1 lime (optional)
- 4-5 cups water
- ⅓ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
- Cut the lemons and lime into wedges (fourths or eighths depending on the size of the lemon). Place in a blender with the water and the sugar. Blend on high speed for a minute or until the lemons have been broken down and the water looks like lemonade. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the broken down pieces of lemon rise to the top of the blender.
- Pour the lemonade through a metal strainer over a large pitcher. You may need to do this in batches so that you can empty the lemon pieces out of the strainer. KEEP the lemon pieces! Use the mixture for muffins, fruit desserts, jam, pasta, or just cleaning your garbage disposal in the sink.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk to the lemonade in the pitcher. Stir to combine or pulse quickly through the blender. The lemonade will separate after about 15 minutes, so just keep a wooden spoon handy and give it a quick stir before serving.
I mentioned it in the recipe but I feel the need to say it again loud and clear: KEEP THE BLENDED LEMON PIECES. There are so many great uses for this stuff. I don’t really know all of them yet but they’re coming to me. I can feel it.
And if you have any ideas to give me a head start, I would not be mad about that.
Cheers to the lemonade-filled 4th of July weekend!