Friday Flowers: Jacaranda Flowers and My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade Recipe

My Mom's Meyer Lemonade | cookingontheweekends.comI absolutely love seeing my mom in her kitchen, working on a project with the antique cooking tools she’s collected over the years.

The other day my dad brought in a couple dozen lemons from the Meyer lemon tree in the backyard.  My mom’s been making lemonade ever since the tree has been producing lemons — she will never let a single lemon go to waste.  If it’s not in the lemonade, it’s squeezed on fish, whipped into a dessert, or added to tea.

My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade RecipeWhen I walked in the kitchen where she was busy cutting and juicing the lemons, I was immediately struck by the beautiful workspace she’d unintentionally created.

My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade Recipe and a beautiful houseThis huge Jacaranda tree has stood in my parents’ yard since before I was born.

My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade Recipe-ValentinaMe, my mom, and brother — under the Jacaranda tree in the 70’s.

My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade RecipeThe common thread between the Jacaranda flowers and the lemonade are that both will forever make me think of my mom and dad and their gorgeous gardens. And don’t the lilac-colored flowers and the golden lemons just look so pretty together!?

My mom’s recipe is quick, easy, delicious and the perfect summertime drink!

My Mom's Meyer Lemonade Recipe
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Serves: 4
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups Meyer lemon juice
  • Dash of salt
  1. In a small saucepan, heat the sugar with the water until it's dissolved. Remove from the stove and pour it into a large pitcher.
  2. Add the lemon juice and a bit of salt. Stir to blend.
  3. Once the lemonade has cooled to room temperature, place it in the refrigerator.
  4. Serve chilled over ice.
Meyer lemons are thought to be a cross between a standard lemon and an orange. They have smoother, thinner skin, a wonderful tangy aroma and are also sweeter and less acidic than most other lemons.

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  1. says

    That looks beautiful. I love the color of it! I’ve never used meyer lemons but they look so good. We have the exact same tool to juice lemons. I had never seen one like that before but I love it now 🙂

    • valentina says

      Heidi, I love that you have the same juicer. My mom has collected things like that her whole life — she’s not sure when this one entered her life, but she uses all the time! Thanks for the comment and I hope you’ll try a Meyer lemon! 🙂

  2. Roberta says

    I don’t know what I love the most about this Friday’s post — the story, the photos, or the yummy summertime recipe.

  3. says

    I have fond memories of my Mom making lemonade and putting it in a large pitcher and then slicing up an orange and putting that into the lemonade. It was so pretty and really quinched my thirst.

  4. John K says

    Yum! And thanks for that great picture. I think I remember it. That tree is older than Mom and Dad, too! I love how you consider food goodness and presentation to go together. The flowers look great with the lemons.

  5. yvonne w says

    wow! I love the recipe, thanks for sharing. On another note….you look like my twin in the pic you posted there with your mom and brother.

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