Blender Lemonade

Blender Lemonade

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.

Blender Lemonade

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.

Blender Lemonade

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.

Blender Lemonade

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.

Blender Lemonade

5.0 from 4 reviews
Blender Lemonade
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Serves: 4-6
 
Ingredients
  • 3 lemons
  • 1 lime (optional)
  • 4-5 cups water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
Notes
The goal is to break the lemons down into a thick pulp without actually incorporating them into the water (otherwise the rind will make it taste bitter). Almost all of the lemon pulp should rise up to the top when you're done blending so that you don't actually drink it. As a result, a few commenters have not had good results using ultra high powered blenders because the lemon gets completely incorporated into the water. If you are using a high powered blender, I would use the pulse setting to make sure you don't over-blend the lemons.

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!

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Comments

  1. I’m thinking sweetened condensed milk in lemonade is a fabulous idea.

  2. I think sweetened condensed milk in just about anything is a good idea.

  3. I just need a straw!

  4. So incredibly awesome! No squeezing the lemons? Yes, Please!!

  5. I make my lemonade the same way – so much easier and FASTER! Let’s face it, the quicker food and good drink can get to my face, the happier I’ll be ;)

  6. What is this miraculousness?? I love it. Also, “lemonds” <– YES. THIS.

  7. when I saw it on IG, I knew it was going to be fabulous :)

  8. I remember seeing this on IG! Looks amazing! And oh-so-refreshing. And you know you can’t forget about the extra sweetened condensed milk on the spoon – that’s the most important thing to take care of!

  9. Huh, sweetened condensed milk, who would have thought! I’ll have to give it a try this weekend!

  10. Hey, just a quick clarifying question; with the rind and errrrrthang? lol

    My humble thanks…

  11. Oh and a very side bar. In the Dominican Republic there is an amazing drink called “morir sonando” (literally “die dreaming” cuz its that dang good…) which is evaporated milk, orange juice, sugar and ice blended together (the juice is usually fresh). Its basically the shizzzznit (the bees knees in English). Try it at home or make a quick trip to your local Dominican Bakery… LOL!

  12. This is about to revolutionize my summer as well!! LOVE!

  13. LOL. Lemonds…. Lindsay, you crack me up. :) In a good way, of course. ;)

  14. Well all I need now is a good book and a beach chair. Love the genius idea of the SCM – so smart! My kiddos will love this for sure – sometimes the regular ol’ fashion kind is too tart! want to also try it with a couple cups of ice in the blender and have it be a slushy! YUM!!

  15. What a wonderful idea! A perfect drink for a hot summer day!

  16. marijka says:

    If you grab a bit of the leftover lemon rind pieces and mince them up, they’re perfect to throw in salsa, blueberry pancakes, salad dressing, stir fry, etc., etc. In the meantime, store them in the freezer in a little snack bag. Love me some bitter citrus rind!

  17. I am thinking these would make amazing popsicles!!! On my way to the kitchen, NOW! Thanks.

  18. Kristin says:

    You are FUNNY! :) I wanna make this, like right now. 11 pm. Hey, it’s summer right?

  19. I need some jars like those! Too cute!

  20. When Hippocrates said, “Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine,” he must have been thinking of your muffin-lemonade-ice cream bar trio! Seriously. I am SO much better… walking and talking and breathing all at the same time! :) Thank you for the wonderful, rejuvenating treats!

  21. This looks perfect for HOT summer days!

  22. Just made this tonight after a pool day and my kids and I loved it. Thanks so much. Looking forward to making that shrimp scampi tomorrow night with the pulp :)

  23. This looks like the perfect drink on a hot Texas day. I think it’s funny that you spell lemonds. I have a problem with apple. I always spell applie.

  24. I bet you could make a really good face/body scrub out of those leftover lemon pieces.

  25. Well, this is just brilliant! Thanks for sharing, Lindsey. I just realized I’ve never made lemonade, but that’ll be changing soon!

  26. This is the best idea ever! A friend who visited recently just taught me a recipe (and I’ve already forgotten the source…) for a lemon bar/tart that uses whole lemons, blended up rinds and all. It’s such a good idea to do the same with lemonade, and sweetened condensed milk? So decadent… but yes. : )

  27. Ingenious use of condensed milk. :) I love it in Thai Iced Tea…

  28. Genius is an understatement for this recipe. It looks amazing.
    PS I mentioned you and Bjork (or you and Lindsay, whoever reads this first) in my post celebrating my first year of blogging. I want to thank you for all your support! Keep up the great work!

  29. This recipe looks amazing. My boyfriend loves lemonade and he would def dig this if I made it!

    I would use the extra lemon rind to infuse it into hot tea or even place it under a piece of fish while you bake it in the oven for an added citrus zest. Thanks for sharing!

    Alexe

  30. Wow, great idea. I’ve never thought about making lemonade in a blender, but as you said, it does cut down on having to make simple syrup. The idea of using condensed milk is interesting too, because it cuts down on the amount of sugar you’d normally use. Does using condensed milk make the drink taste different than normal lemonade with simple syrup? Does it really combine that well again with just a stir after the condensed milk starts to separate?

    On a completely unrelated topic, any tips on how to store the remainder of the can of condensed milk when you only use a little bit for a recipe? If I just store the can in the fridge, after a few days, I end up with a crusty top layer of condensed milk. Is there a way to prevent that?

    • Yep – it was pretty easy to just stir it back up again. If you are going to keep it around for more than just a day, I’d put it in a jar so you can give it a good vigorous shake :) That’s what we do anyways. And I just keep my condensed milk in the fridge for my next round of lemonade and it seems to stay pretty fresh!

      • Thanks so much for the reply! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe out. Especially since my lemon tree is about to explode with lemons. The idea of the tart lemons and the creamy, sweet condensed milk seems like such a terrific one!

  31. Just made this about 5 mins ago and it is delicious!! Thank you! Would ne nice with a splash of vodka too! Now, what to make with the leftover lemon pieces…

  32. I never leave comments (I’m a shy guy) but this one time I feel like I need to say this: THIS LEMONADE IS AWESOME. Beyond belief. It’s a life changer. Seriously rad.
    Have I made my point? ;)

  33. Yum! I’ll have to try this lemonade recipe. The sweetened-condensed milk in the recipe is interesting. I just made a blender Melonberry Lemonade recipe over the 4th of July. I keep trying to think of a creative recipe use for the leftover pulp since I always feel guilty about just discarding it after making the lemonade. I like how you used some of your pulp in your Shrimp Scampi recipe. Great idea!

  34. I am sorry to say that this recipe turned out way too bitter to finish even one glass! At first, I followed the recipe exactly, but then had to start experimenting to get rid of the bitter taste. I pretty much doubled the amounts of sugar and SCM, but the bitterness never got better! I am so bummed because the kids and I were so excited to taste this!

    I wonder if my blending caused the problem. We have a Blendtec blender, and I think maybe I pulverized the fruit way too much. After blending, nothing really separated. It didn’t really taste like it had zest, it tasted more like pith.

    Any suggestions? I really do want to love this.

    I am also looking forward to using the pulp in some muffins this week. I’m thinking about freezing the pulp in ice cube trays.

    • Ah, Blendtec! I bet your blender was too strong. :) You want to just break up the lemon enough to leave some small chunks, and it should definitely separate (the pieces will rise to the top after a few seconds once you stop blending). I also tried blending it longer to get more of the lemon incorporated into the lemonade but I liked it better with less blending. Also, some people probably just don’t like the taste that the rind adds because it’s pretty strong. Hope you can get it to work for you!

      • We just made this and had the exact same reaction! My 9 year old daughter and I tried this out in our Vitamix and couldn’t drink any of it. I wish I had read through all of the comments first! We will try again in our other blender and go easy on the blending. Thanks for sharing your tips Tanya and Lindsay!

  35. OH MY WORD I’m not sure how I stumbled across your blog but I am So.Glad.I.Did! I have been perusing for a bit now…not in a stalker way..but in an ‘i’m hungry and gotta figure out dinner’ kind of way. You have great recipes and I love reading your posts!!

  36. angelitacarmelita says:

    WHAAA???? OMG, how did I miss THIS post??!! I am SO making this, this weekend! Heck yes to blender lemonade! One of the only reasons you don’t make lemonade more is because it’s a little bit of a pain, but this sounds incredible (and yes, thank you sweetened condensed milk….) Bravo!

  37. I must make this soon. I don’t have any lemons on hand right now or I would have made some before commenting, it looks so good! Also, I LOVE your pitcher! Can I ask where it came from?

  38. A blender eh? Sounds fun.

    The reason I’m commenting is to say I’ve been making regular lemonade for years and have never once done it with simple syrup. I use a pitcher of ice water, the lemon juice, and sugar to taste. A few vigorous stirs and the sugar dissolves just fine.

    I honestly didn’t know simple syrup for lemonade was a thing!

    • Wow, interesting! I feel like all the lemonade recipes I see involve simple syrup, but maybe I’m just making that up. I’ll have to give it a go with regular sugar and a good ol’ stir. :)

  39. Maybe you can put the blended mixture in a cloth bag to make a scented lemon bag http://www.sundkoh.fr/es/pots-pourri-nextgen/6394-sachet-de-pot-pourri-citron.html it might be a good repellant for mosquitos or insects (not sure)

  40. I just made this without the SCM because I did not want to open a can for such a small amount. I love the method, so much faster. I only had two large lemons and I guestimated for the sugar and water. Used a little less than a cup of sugar and it was just sweet enough. Put crushed ice in a glass, added a shot of white rum and lemonade and it is very good.

  41. YES!!! Ok in Yemen they make this exactly except with Limes – all over the country, its the milk that really makes it! Except they used evaporated(?) milk, so its not so sweet. Try it with limes (the small round ones), its amazing.

  42. Melissa K. says:

    I added a little extra sugar because my lemons (iPhone wants whatever I type as ‘lemons’ to be ‘Leon’s’) we’re huge so it was a little tart, but otherwise, wow! Delicious. Pinned of course. I agree with the idea of adding vodka from a previous comment, too. :)

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