Inside: Is homemade lemonade on your summer bucket list? We have a suggestion that simplifies the process, minimizes the mess, and wows the kids – lemonade in a bag.
Imagine a hot summer day. The brilliant light is pouring through the green canopy of nearby trees. The weak summer breeze rustles gently and dies halfway across your yard. Little rivets of sweat are pouring down your back. Looking at your kids, making happy cartwheels across the sun-warmed grass, makes you feel even hotter.
A glass of cold lemonade sounds like a great idea, but you dread the mess and the effort. Besides, you are just too hot to get started.
Wait till you hear how easy homemade lemonade can be when you make it in a Ziploc bag! Yep, lemonade in a bag is a perfect way to enjoy this old-fashioned drink from scratch without the mess and with little effort.
Quarter a lemon and throw one piece in a bag, add a pinch of sugar, and squeeze. Now pour some water inside the bag and use a straw to drink it from. Ta-da! You are holding a single serving of a freshly made lemonade.
You are welcome.
And do you want to know a secret?
Next time you are going on a picnic, add a piece of lemon and sugar to a Ziploc bag, zip it up, and take it with you. Once you get to your destination, just pour some water into the bag and add a straw. Freshly made lemonade on the go!
What you need (for one portion)
- 1/4 lemon
- 1 tsp sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- zipper bag
- ice (optional)
What to do
- Cut the lemon into quarters and remove seeds.
- Place one piece of lemon into a Ziploc bag along with 1 tsp of sugar and squeeze. You can also dance with it, shaking it like an Egyptian might do. Egyptian? We made it up when we discovered that the earliest written evidence of lemonade comes from ancient Egypt. Warning: make sure the bag is securely closed before shaking it.
- Add 1/2 cup of water (and optionally ice). Zip the bag, leaving only a small portion to insert a straw.
Did you know that lemons are a superfood? They are high in Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin B6 and plant compounds such as diosmin (used in some drugs to reduce inflammation in blood vessels) and hesperidin (prevents plaque buildup inside your arteries).
A lemonade that is made from all-natural ingredients and without the mess? You know you have to try it!