Homemade lemonade couldn't be simpler. This agave lemonade comes together in a snap for a refreshing summertime drink!
Homemade lemonade will spruce up any meal or party. Its flavors are so bright and refreshing especially on a hot summer day. My favorite way to make it is with agave and not just because Panera does it that way. Light agave has such a mild flavor you really can't even tell it's in there plus you don't have to make simple syrup!
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Why This Lemonade Recipe is Amazing
- In traditional lemonade you typically dissolve sugar in water by cooking it to make a simple syrup. Since agave is already a smooth, syrupy consistency you can skip this step altogether. It comes together in a snap!
- Fresh squeeze lemonade is lightyears better than the store bought kind. It has a way more intense bright and lemony flavor.
- Light agave has such a mild flavor that you can't even taste it.
How to Make Agave Lemonade
Juice the Lemons
Juicing lemons is surprisingly easy. I typically use a handheld citrus juicer or a handheld wooden reamer. Growing up I used the reamer with the glass measuring cup below it. All of these are effective options but if you don't have any of them don't worry! You can juice them by hand very easily which is what I did since I couldn't find my juicing tools. Here are a few tips:
- When shopping for lemons press into them gently and see if they have some give. I try to buy lemons that are slightly soft when intending to juice them.
- Pull them out of the fridge early so they warm up some.
- Roll them on the counter while pressing into them. This releases all that juice inside.
- Gently cut the lemons into halves and squeeze the juice into a measuring cup. I don't worry about the seeds until the end and then I strain it.
- The great thing about lemonade is that you dilute the lemon juice with water so you don't need nearly as much as say fresh squeeze orange juice.
Recipe Notes & Tips
- You can spruce lemonade up anyway you please. You can add fresh herbs such as mint or basil or add iced tea to make an Arnold Palmer. You can add or blend with fresh fruit such as raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or peaches. Or do what I do and add soda water to give it bubbles and fizz!
- You can serve lemonade in mason jars, fun cocktail glasses, or glass bottles for a fun little twist.
- I like lemonade slightly tart and intensely lemony but the best part about lemonade is you can make it exactly how you like it! I recommend starting with the recipe below and then adding more agave if you like it sweeter and slightly more water if you want a less intense lemon flavor.
Other Summer Recipes You Might Like
- Pistachio Crusted Salmon with Lemon Basil Sauce
- Strawberry Peach Smoothie
- Gluten Free Strawberry Crisp
- Dill Butter Recipe
- Handheld juicer or citrus reamer (optional)
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice about 6 large lemons
- 2 ½ cups Water
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp Golden light agave
- Press down on the lemons firmly as you roll them on the counter. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze into a measuring cup. Strain to remove the seeds and/or pulp.
- In a medium sized pitcher add the lemon juice, water, and agave. Stir well then top with lots of ice.
- Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later. Just be sure to add the ice when you are ready to use so it doesn't melt in the lemonade.
- For a sweeter lemonade gradually add more agave tasting as you go. For a more diluted lemonade gradually add more water tasting as you go.