This Single Serving Lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and doesn’t leave you with a big pitcher of lemonade! This post originally appeared in June of 2013 and has been updated with new pictures, video, and some text.
The first day of summer is both exciting and depressing.
Even though we’ve been acting like its summer already with inflatable pool parties and ice cream cones, we still have a lot to look forward to. Fire pits, sleeping with the windows open, and sun tans are definitely not on the agenda any other season of the year in Wisconsin.
Still, the first day of summer can be a bit depressing because it marks the longest day of the year. That means the days will only get shorter from now on. Each day will bring a little less sunshine which means colder days, autumn scarves, and Christmas right around the corner.
Let me tell you, I am NOT ready for Christmas. Even the thought of snow right now kind of makes me want to jump off a bridge. I just want to stay with you in this moment forever (name that theme song).
I can’t do summer without lemonade. While I have a rock solid go-to recipe, I don’t always have the time or energy to juice twelve lemons (or twenty four if I’m super thirsty and doubling). And frankly, I’m selfish. I’m making lemonade for me and you can’t have any.
This single serving lemonade recipe makes one sweet little glass of lemonade in about five minutes. Minimal juicing, maximum enjoyment. I used my electric kettle to heat my water up fast but you could also heat yours in the microwave or on the stovetop (or straight out the tap if you keep your water heater cranked).
This single serving lemonade is fun to customize! Here are a few ideas:
- Stir in a bit of strawberry sorbet (frozen or unfrozen) for strawberry lemonade
- Place contents in an ice cube tray and freeze for lemonade ice cubes that won’t water down your drink
- Add fresh produce at the end such as strawberries, raspberries, or cucumber for an infused lemonade
- Experiment with other types of sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia if you prefer not to have processed sugar
Make a glass of single serving lemonade and savor this day. You’re never getting this moment back.
Single Serving Lemonade
- 2 Tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup hot water
- 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice I used about 1 1/2 small organic lemons
- 3/4 cup cold water
- Lemon slices optional
- In a 2 or 4 cup measuring cup, stir together the sugar and hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the lemon juice and cold water.
- Fill a large glass or pint mason jar with ice and several lemon slices. Fill to the top with lemonade and enjoy!