processing garden produce
Citrus Lemonade

A refreshing natural lemonade that is great for those hot summer days.

  • 3 1/2 cups sugar.
  • 4 or 5 citrus fruit lemon, orange or grapefruit in any combination
  • 1 cup white vinegar.
  • 5 litres of water.
  • 4 or 5 soft drink bottles that have been thoroughly cleaned, preferable with a bottle sterilizing solution.
  1. Thinly slice fruit and place in large container.
  2. Add all other ingredients and stir briefly. Allow it to stand for 48 hours, stirring twice a day.
  3. Strain and bottle liquid in plastic soft drink bottles and screw down the caps. Store on their sides in a cupboard for approximately two weeks. During this period the natural yeasts in the drink should create a carbonate effect. Some liquid may escape from the caps as the gases in the bottles expand, so it might help if the bottles are stored in a splash tray.
  4. Bottles should then be placed in the fridge to suspend the yeast activity. They are now ready to drink.

Use within two or three months. The period of time that the bottles should be stored prior to refrigeration will vary depending on the external temperature. The best indication of readiness is when the plastic bottle becomes taut from the expanded gases. Do not use glass bottle as they may explode under pressure.

These days I rarely use this recipe as I find it more convenient to make Fruit Cordial and aerate it using a SodaStream machine.