Sunday, May 5, 2013

Lemon Squash

After reading all the ingredients on the store bought lemon squash bottle, it reminded me of my home science class in school (9th grade) where we made fresh lemon squash and served it to our class and other teachers. School days are always memorable! :)

It is not that I never buy store bought syrups or squashes, but it is fun to try and make it at home and avoid preservatives, artificial colors and artificial flavors as much as possible. Also making and sharing with friends and family is fun.

So if you have a lemon tree at home, you need not wait. This is an easy recipe to store and make delicious lemonade whenever you need it.

This will also be a fun activity to involve kids during their summer break. Kids love and enjoy lemonade. I introduced math concepts of ratio and proportion while making simple lemonade in class. Recipe for 1 cup of lemonade was given to students. They had to calculate the recipe for 4-5 cups and prepare lemonade by stirring sugar in water and then adding lemon juice and salt. At the end they get to enjoy their delicious and refreshing lemonade!

Here are fresh lemons from my cousins backyard. It was fun picking fresh lemons for this recipe :)
I will also make some fresh lemon pickle with these :)

Mix 2 cups sugar with 1 cup water. 
Simmer for 5-7 minutes till the syrup turns transparent.





Fresh orange and lemon juicer.




Freshly squeezed lemon juice. 4 lemons yield more than a cup of juice! :)


Add freshly squeezed lemon juice to cooled syrup. Mix well.


Use a strainer and a funnel, transfer lemon squash concentrate in a bottle. 
Refrigerate the concentrate and use whenever needed.


To make a quick lemonade: Add 3 tbsp. of concentrate to a cup of chilled water and ice. Add a pinch of salt and enjoy!



Deliciously refreshing lemonade!

Using fresh mint from my patio, I made fresh Minty Lemon Squash or you could also make 
Ginger lemon Squash or Minty Ginger Lemon Squash or make you favorite martini.


Muddle mint leaves and lemon squash concentrate and a pinch of salt. Use a martini shaker. i do not have a martini shaker so I just use a pitcher and my wooden muddle.

Mix 2 tbsp suagr with 1 tsp. salt in a flat plate.

Apply lemon juice to the rim of your glass and dip it in the sugar mixture.





Pour muddled minty lemon concentrate in your glass.


Pour club soda or regular chilled water to the concentrate.


Minty Fresh lemon Soda for my husband!

Enjoy Chilled Lemon Squash!!

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