My Mom’s Meyer Lemonade is easy-to-make, full of flavor and has the perfect balance of ingredients. It’s refreshing, sweet, tangy and oh-so-delicious.
I always absolutely loved seeing my mom in her gorgeous kitchen, working on a project with the antique cooking tools she’s collected over the years.
My dad would bring in a couple dozen lemons at a time from their Meyer lemon tree in the backyard.
My mom started making her Meyer lemonade ever since the tree began producing lemons — my mom’s lemonade is the best, and she never let a single lemon go to waste.
What’s in my mom’s lemonade recipe?
- granulated sugar
- fresh Meyer lemon juice
- dash of salt
The ingredients are more or less expected — it’s how my mom makes it that’s unique.
How to Make it
- Heat the sugar and water together.
- Add the lemon juice and salt, and stir.
- Cool and refrigerate.
(More detailed instructions are below.)
Of course, there’s a whole lotta love it this recipe, too.
Whenever I walked into my mom’s kitchen when she busy cutting and juicing lemons, I was always struck by the beautiful work space she’d unintentionally created.
My mom was so organized in the kitchen. That’s how I like to work too — there’s a better flow when everything is in its place.
What to do With so Many Lemons
In my mom’s kitchen, when they weren’t in the lemonade, they’d get . . .
- squeezed on fish
- whipped into a dessert
- or added to her tea
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.
My mom’s Meyer lemonade recipe is quick, easy, delicious and the perfect summertime (or anytime) drink!
A few more of my recipes with Meyer Lemons:
- Meyer Lemon Basil Pizza
- Meyer Lemon Olive Oil Cake
- 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 inspired by my mom:
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.
- ½ 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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