Lemonade Ice Cubes are delicious in sparkling water and iced tea and they won’t dilute your lemonade. Here’s how to make fresh lemonade ice cubes.
New to Jacksonville, Florida, I’m embracing the South’s love of iced tea …and we have a lemon tree that’s starting to produce! So that’s how this post originated.
And I’m joining friends on the topic of Drinks and Cocktails. Just the perfect way to cool off!
Fresh Lemonade Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar*
- 1/4 cup lemon zest about 4 lemons
- 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice about 6-12 lemons depending on size (plus more for garnish)
- 6 cups filtered water
Zest the lemons. Juice the lemons.
In a pot over medium heat, add sugar, lemon zest, and two cups of water.
Simmer stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has a yellow hue. There's no need to boil the water.
Strain the lemon juice and sugar mixture into a 2-quart pitcher to remove the pulp, seeds, and zest.
Add in 4 cups of water.
Taste for sweetness and if it's too sweet add more water.
Pour some into ice cube trays and refrigerate the rest.
Lemonade Ice Cubes In Tea (AKA an “Arnold Palmer”)
People joke here in the South that Sweet Tea can be so sweet you can’t stir your spoon. That’s why I think adding a bit of lemonade can be just enough instead of sugar to the tea.
You can add one or two lemonade ice cubes…and more lemonade if you like it sweeter.
The tea above was made simply by putting a few black tea bags in filtered water and leaving it out in the sun for a few hours. The stainless steel lidded pitcher from Target has a good seal.
Adding A Fruit Skewer For Fun
I will let you in on a little lazy secret. The fruit that I used for the skewers/picks came already chopped and mixed in a small container at the grocery store…easy! I just speared them on the picks.
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My Favorite: Sparkling Water With Lime And A Lemonade Ice Cube
This is a fun alternative to a drink with alcohol. Be sure to have some lemonade cubes stored in freezer bags in your freezer.
It’s not too sweet…but the cube melts quickly out here in my Ladies’ Loft.
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Let’s check out what my friends are recommending for Summer Drinks…