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Making Your Lemonade Taste Hand Squeezed

March 4, 2008
Growing up, I always loved my grandmother’s lemonade. So fresh. Thirst-quenching. Liquid delight on a hot summer day.
Grandma was a stickler for making everything from scratch, and her lemonade was no exception…or was it? I always saw pulp and orange or lemon slices in it, and it was always so good! But one day I learned that Grandma made her lemonade from powder! Horrors!
Well, not really. Ever try to make a couple of gallons of hand squeezed lemonade? You’ll quickly find that it nearly takes a citrus grove to do so. One citrus grove plus one sugar cane field, to be precise.
Her trick? She made up the lemonade from powder, cut off a few slices of lemon, and squeezed the juice of the remaining fruit into the mix.
We’ve also found that doing this with oranges also gives a good flavor. Two quarts of lemonade from a mix , plus 2 or 3 oranges equals some mighty fine lemonade! Want a more fruity lemonade–add your fruits of choice. Our favorites are raspberry or strawberry lemonade, and using frozen fruits will keep it from getting watered down. In the first months of our marriage, this was about the only beverage I served. 🙂
Another tip to get more flavor from your citrus? Make the lemonade with warm water before adding the fruit, and then refrigerate overnight.
Of course, I would definitely prefer all natural lemonade. But when citrus groves are hard to come by, I’ll take my grandmother’s secret swipe. I guess I’ll allow this with lemonades…particularly since whole sugar cane fields are not exactly healthy, no matter how you serve them.
Being a lover of fine lemonades, I would love to recreate Chick-Fil-A’s lemonade. I’ve searched high and low, but have not been able to find a recipe. I’ve tried real lemon juice, lemon crystals, boiling lemons, and many other tricks; but no success. If any other lemonade connoisseurs have, I’d love to know the secret!
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  • Jennifer March 5, 2008 at 10:41 am

    According to a Chick-Fil-A’s manager.
    It contains just fresh squeeze lemon juice, sugar, and water.

    Their measurements:

    2 quarts fresh squeezed lemon juice.
    7 cups of sugar
    8 quarts of water.

    Or you could try this recipe:

  • keren March 5, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Thanks Jennifer,

    I will definitely have to try this once I can get some fresh lemons!!! 🙂 I’ve tried it with bottled lemon juice, but not fresh squeezed.

  • jen March 6, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I too love their recipe but my recipe was always to add 1 cup of sugar to the Countrytime recipe…try it….you wont go back.

  • Holly March 23, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Real squeezed lemons taste great w/ a touch of vanilla extract. I should try it w/ podered too. I’ll post if it’s good. Smiles to you, Holly

  • Candice Broom March 26, 2008 at 2:43 am

    I worked at Chick Fil A in my teen years. It really is hand sqeezed fresh lemons. Believe me, I have done it and I had the raw hands to prove it! I squeezed dozens of them and then the juice and water goes into some HUGE containers…probably 20 gallons or larger. Just dump the sugar in. The diet uses artificial sweetener instead of real sugar.

  • Jeff January 26, 2011 at 4:48 am

    I have had a lot of success and positive feedback with my lemonade. I use the country time powder mix, and I double the serving guidelines on the container, but I cut the last 25% with sugar to keep the pucker mouth factor down. Example: the label calls for 8 scoops of powder per gallon. My mix gets 16 scoops (using the scoop in the container) but I only put 12 scoops of powder. Using the same scoop, I add 4 scoops of sugar, and I also use filtered

  • ZachR July 18, 2014 at 10:23 am


    A great secret to help a sweet or watery lemonade is to add citric acid. Add it just as if you were to add salt. You can purchase food-grade citric acid from your local whole foods store. It’s also a great salt substitute, that contains absolutely no salt at all.

    — Zach.