During citrus season, recipes with Meyer lemons are divine, and my mom’s lemonade recipe is no exception. This easy-to-make Meyer lemonade recipe is fresh, refreshing, sweet, tangy and oh-so-delicious.UPDATE: This post was originally written in 2011. Sadly, my mom died in July of 2017. I’m re-posting it now to honor her on Mother’s Day. The most amazing, creative chef herself, she was always one of my greatest culinary inspirations . . . .
I absolutely love seeing my mom in her gorgeous 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 Meyer lemonade ever since the tree has been producing lemons — my mom’s lemonade is the best, and she will never let a single lemon go to waste.
If they’re not in the lemonade, they’re squeezed on fish, whipped into a dessert, or added to tea. Her recipes with Meyer lemons are endless.
When I walked in the kitchen where my mom was busy cutting and juicing the lemons, I was immediately struck by the beautiful work space she’d unintentionally created.
My mom’s always so organized in the kitchen. That’s how I like to work also — there’s also a better flow when everything is in its place.
This huge Jacaranda tree has stood in my parents’ yard since before I was born. It’s always been as strong and as beautiful as ever and “rains” its pretty purple flowers in May and June.
This is one of my all time favorite photographs my dad took in the 70’s — me, my mom, and brother, under the Jacaranda tree.
The 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 Meyer lemonade recipe is quick, easy, delicious and the perfect summertime drink!
Oh, and here a some of my recipes with Meyer Lemons:
- Meyer Lemon Basil Pizza
- Fried Meyer Lemon Caesar Salad
- Meyer Lemon Thyme Spaghetti
- Whipped Meyer Lemon Vanilla Butter
- Meyer Lemon Vanilla Hot Milk Cake
And here are a dozen more recipes from my mom:
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During citrus season, recipes with Meyer lemons are divine, and my mom's lemonade recipe is no exception. This easy-to-make Meyer lemonade recipe is fresh, refreshing, sweet, tangy and oh-so-delicious.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups Meyer lemon juice
- dash of salt
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.
Add the lemon juice and a bit of salt. Stir to blend.
Once the lemonade has cooled to room temperature, place it in the refrigerator.
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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