Thursday, May 30, 2013

Carnival Style Lemonade

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Have you ever had lemonade at a carnival?  I know!  It's a super hot day the kids are driving you crazy, having fun!!  Asking for yet more money to win those little stuffed animals at the games...
I think they're all rigged personally, but alas!!  But, it's you know, summer time in the good 'ole US of A!!

You get yourself a lemonade (which cost 1/4 of your mortgage) and you take your first sip... HEAVEN!!  It's sweet yet tangy, ice cold and those little amazing crystals of sugar have just clung on to the half lemon they have put in the glass, and are clinging even more so on the ice cubes!!  You finish the lemonade in two long gulps - wait, that's me!  Then you start on the ice... oh the ice! Sweet, cold and refreshing with the little sugar crystals that are on hanging on for dear life, and that hint of lemon!  You can chew on them all day!!  Yes, that lemonade!!!

So my friends, I went on a mission to recreate this beverage without  missing a mortgage payment!!  My first attempt was okay, but nothing like the carnival style.  Today, and what a perfect day to re-create since it's scorching hot and humid, was a total success!  The kids were in their glory, and I didn't have to shell out money for any games either!  It's a win-win!

Ready for this simple recipe?  Here we go;

4 medium lemons juiced
1 medium lemon sliced
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 cup water
2-3 tbsp white granulated sugar for dipping
Ice cubes

-Pour the 2-3 tbsp of white granulated sugar on a plate and set aside.

-Juice the 4 lemons and set aside.

-In a small saucepan, add the 1 cup sugar and the 1 cup water.  Heat and bring to a simmer till all the sugar has dissolved, turn off heat!  This is called "simple syrup"!!  I know, the plethora of information I say... but tell me that is not super simple, yes?

-Now, let's dredge those lemon slices through the reserved sugar and set aside.

-Using your favorite pitcher, (I bought this one at an estate sale for $1.75 SCORE)!  Love estate sales!!  Fill 3/4 with ice cubes.

-Add your squeezed lemon juice to the pitcher with the ice.

-Add all of your simple syrup, and stir.

-Fill with cold water to your desired level.


-Let's add in those amazing sugar coated lemon slices and stir.  Some of the sugar crystals will fall into the lemonade, and some of them will cling on the lemon slices... HEAVEN!!

If you really want to dazzle your guests, dredge a few more slices of lemon through the sugar and decorate your glasses.  There is nothing more refreshing than the lemon with the sugar crystals...
If you want to make it into an "adult" beverage (who doesn't), we can always add a wee bit of vodka to the lemonade... WHAT?

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi, lemonade always tastes best at the fair or carnival! Yummy, ♥ it.:)

  2. Didi, lemonade always tastes better at the carnival or county fair. ♥ it!

    1. Why is that Melissa sissy? I don't understand...

      But I have to tell you, this one rocks!!

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    1. Thank you Lois!! Homemade lemonade, you can't beat that!!

  4. I am so thirsty! Pass me a glass please?

    1. LOL Kecia! We so need to get together again!!

  5. What a cool way to do lemonade.I love lemonade of all kinds except that powdered stuff.YUK. I love the pitcher you got at the sale too, and you are so right about th cost of the carnival lemonade it is ridiculous!