Lemons Are Yummy

It’s a Twist on Lemonade! When life hands you lemons take them willingly and make your own delicious, and unique, refreshment!

Start with this classic Lemonade Recipe:

Make a syrup by combining 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved.  Let cool. In a pitcher combine the syrup with 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from 10 – 12 lemons) and add 5 – 6 cups water.  Pour over ice.  Serves 8.

Pitcher of Fresh Lemonade is refreshing!

This is so good that I couldn’t help myself – before I could snap a picture of my lovely lemonade, I started drinking it! By the way, I found this amazing glass pitcher at Target for only $12.99!

Try this refreshing and beautiful red Tea and Mint Lemonade.

Fresh Mint and Tea

Steep 4 bags hibiscus (I used what I had on hand, which was pomegranate) tea and mint in 2 cups boiling water and gently mash the mint.  Let cool.  Discard the tea bags and mint.  In a pitcher combine the tea and lemonade, pour over ice and garnish with mint leaves.  Serves 4

Tea and Lemonade

If you like a little pizazz with your lemonade, you’ll love the Spicy Shandy!  It starts with a great, icy-cold lager and Sam Adams is always a favorite.

Boston Lager

In a pitcher combine the beer and 1/2 cup lemonade. Moisten the rim of two glasses with simple syrup (preferred) or water, dip in a mix of 1 Tablespoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne. Serves 2 – easy to double for 4.  Oh so refreshing!

Shandy 3

If classic is more your style try the Thyme and Lime Lemonade.

Lime and thyme

In a pitcher mash 10 fresh thyme sprigs with 1/4 cup fresh lime juice. Add the lemonade and refrigerate for at least an hour (up to a day).  Strain the drink (to remove the steeped thyme) and then add 3/4 cup vodka (gin would be work well too).  Serve over ice and garnish with thyme sprigs.  So delicious. Serves 4.

Thyme and Lemonade1

We hope you enjoy these thirst-quenching ideas. Please share your own fave summer drinks with us!

This infusion water pitcher is very cool.  I couldn’t find it in my Target but I found it online at for $19.99!

lemonade pitcher



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21 Responses to A Twist on Lemonade | Summer 2013 Revisited

  1. Elena says:

    OMG, this sounds amazing! Looks even better (looks so refreshing) :o) Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my summer bucket list post; appreciate it! Hope you had a wonderful Monday and have a great night!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Thanks Elena! Glad you enjoyed the post! Best wishes to you for a fab night too!

  2. natashalh says:

    These all look great! Yesterday my man was talking about how he wanted to make iced tea lemonade. I was trying to convince him we should use limes because we have lots of them and no lemons. This post is a super timely find for me!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      So glad to know it! Limes or lemons – either is so good.

      Thanks for stopping by! All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  3. My neighbor has a prolific lemon tree that spreads over into my back yard. I keep simple syrup in my frig at all times, but why oh why did I not think of using thyme? My other neighbor even gave a me a pot when he thinned out his herb garden. Thanks for the great idea.

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      We are going to plan a Meyers lemon tree this year (don’t know why we have not done that yet!). Love the idea to have simple syrup on hand! Thanks for coming by Madonna. Nice to meet you! ~Sharon and Denise

  4. Paula says:

    These drinks are beautiful and look delish. I need to find my way to TarJay tomorrow. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Thanks Paula! I am on my way to your party and thanks for the invite. Hope to see you soon! Love TarJay so much – could browse for hours.

      Best of days friend ~ Sharon and Denise

  5. Anne Payne says:

    Oh my! These look so refreshing and delicious!!! Visiting from the Home Acre Hop.

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Anne! Thank you for coming by! Please be sure to share your great creations on our BeBetsy BRAG ABOUT IT Link and Hop

      We’ll come by and say hi. All the best ~ Sharon and Denise

  6. Christine says:

    I want some fresh lemonade please!!!!! YUM!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Hi Christine, so great to see you! Happy to share – lemonade = summer and yum!

  7. Great collection of recipes ideas for lemonade. It’s one of my fave beverages and I’m always looking for new ways to spruce it up.


  8. Anyonita says:

    Love the idea of the thyme! 🙂 Delicious! Also, you’ve linked my Tasty Tuesdays link party to the wrong blog! It’s not on Dixie Chik Cook’s blog; it’s on mine: Anyonita Nibbles. Shea is only hosting the next two as a guest host! Could you change the link please? Thank you so much for linking up with me this week at Tasty Tuesdays! I’ve pinned this & shared it with my followers! Please be sure to stop back by the party and check out some of the other links!

  9. So many to choose from! I guess it’s just start at the top and work my way down. 😉 Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop.

  10. Hello! I just wanted to let you know your lemonade was a feature from last weeks link party and pinned to my Pinterest board. I do hope you will share something else this week, party has just gone live. Tuesday Tastings 3

    • Denise @BeBetsy says:

      Wow!! Thank you so much! We are honored to be featured. Cool! We will be over tomorrow! Thanks Foody Schmoody.

  11. Eileen says:

    Nothing beats a homemade glass of lemonade, unless, it’s shared with good friends! Thanks for sharing such a variety of great ideas 🙂

  12. So many refreshing options, who can resist citrus flavour 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

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