Lemonade made from real lemon juice is a delicious and refreshing beverage. Thanks to its benefits for health, lemon juice is all the rage these days.
In this article, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks on how to make lemonade with lemon juice. Before searching for the best recipes for the drink, have a look at the nutritional value of lemon juice and the right equipment to extract it from citruses.
Is drinking lemon juice good for you?
Lemon is well-known for its richness in vitamin C. This antioxidant protects the cells of your body from damaging free radicals, helps in boosting the immune system, and reduces the risk of cancer.
Lemon juice also has the following benefits for health:
- prevents kidney stones
- facilitates in reducing weight
- promotes hydration
- acts as natural a cleanser for skin
- normalizes blood pressure
- reduces your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease
- is good for the liver
- makes nails and hair strong and beautiful
- freshens breath and more
In the compound of properly made lemonade, lemon juice is not so sour. However, the drink has two contraindications. The first is an allergy to citrus fruits. The second is gastrointestinal diseases, for instance, gastritis and peptic ulcer. Besides these constraints, everyone can enjoy lemonade with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
Choosing a juicer for lemons
There are three types of juicers that are usually used for juicing lemons:
- centrifugal juicers
- masticating juicers
- manual or electric citrus juicers
What’s the difference between all these options? Citrus juicers work by spinning reamers into a citrus. You simply cut the fruit in half and twist the reamer into it to squish out juices. While doing so, you break down the interior fibrous and turn it into a pulp. Citrus juicers are fast, not noisy, and very easy-to-use. After juicing, you can easily wash the device. They are the cheapest type of juicers in terms of cost. Moreover, the nutritious quality and taste of juice are excellent.
A general-purpose centrifugal juicer often has an affordable price under $150. It is suitable for many types of fruits and vegetables, not only for citruses. The device also works very fast; in several minutes your juice will be ready but warm. The main flaw of centrifugal juicers is that they produce the heat while juicing. The heat is bad for nutritious value, as it partly destroys enzymes and vitamins. Warm juice for some people are less tasty, so they need to cool it before drinking. You can pick out a centrifugal juicer:
- if your budget is limited
- if you need a quickly prepared juice
A masticating juicer is also called a cold juicer. It doesn’t produce the heat and provides the outstanding nutritious value of juice. The device is good for juicing many types of solid and soft fruits and vegetables. The downsides are:
- It works slower than its
- It is about two or three times more expensive.
For health-conscious people who want to juice not only citruses, a masticating juicer is an ideal choice.
Tips and tricks to make fresh lemonade
We made a research and analyzed the most popular recipes for lemonade with lemon juice. What do we found? They are rarely original, they include the same ingredients, and the result is not always as great as promised (according to the people’s comments). So we picked out two most tasteful, simple, and reliable recipes to help you make the best lemonade ever.
Simplest and healthy recipe
Instead of sugar, we use high-quality sweet honey. Dissolve equal parts of water and honey in a convenient saucepan over medium-high heat. For every one cup of water, you need one cup of honey. While melting and blending with water, the honey will turn into a syrup. Juice as many lemons as you want, but keep in mind that a lemon juice will add very sour taste to your drink. We recommend mixing equal parts of lemon juice and syrup, but, honestly, it is a matter of your preferences. The beverage is best served with ice and some fresh mint leaves.
Classic recipe – the taste from childhood
Ten or even twenty years ago, people were not so concerned about their health. So, they put white sugar in many drinks, including lemonade. Many of us remember this taste from our childhood. To make old-fashioned lemonade heat one cup of sugar, about six cups of water in a saucepan, constantly stirring. This syrup will give a sweet taste to the drink. In some recipes, we found recommendations to mix cold water with sugar and lemon juice. Do not do it, because the sugar will sink to the bottom. After preparing a syrup, chill it and then mix in lemon juice. The heat is bad for enzymes, remember? If it is too sour, or too sweet, you can adjust water to taste. Stir well, serve over ice, garnish with lemon slices, and enjoy!
Lemonade is one of the simplest and yummy drinks, especially in hot summer. Once you learned how to make it, you will always have a perfect beverage for your BBQs, meeting with friends and family.