If you’ve never had lemonade made from Meyer lemons, you’re missing out! This recipe for Meyer Lemonade is the best out there and makes the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
The first time I had Meyer lemonade was when I visited my in-laws home in California.
They were making fresh lemonade with lemons from their tree and I didn’t think it would be anything special. Lemonade is lemonade, right?
Boy was I wrong!
Little did I know that they were using Meyer lemons to make the lemonade and it was some of the best lemonade I had ever had.
It was perfectly sweet with a beautiful dark yellow color and I was hooked!
CUT 8 Meyer lemons in half.
USING a citrus juicer, squeeze the juice from each lemon half, emptying the juicer out as it gets full.
ONCE all of the lemons are juiced, carefully pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove and seeds and pulp.
COMBINE 1 cup of your freshly squeezed juice, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 7 cups of cold water in a large pitcher. Mix well and serve cold, with ice if desired.
You may be wondering why you should make your lemonade with Meyer lemons and not with traditional lemons.
Meyer lemons are sweeter and less acidic than traditional lemons, so they make for a tastier lemonade.
Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, so they have a smoother skin, a yellow-orange color, and are smaller than the average lemon.
Yes! And if you’re not going to refrigerate them, you should at least keep them cool. My in-laws keep them in a box on their garage floor.
If it’s too hot outside to store them in your garage, your best option is to put them in a food storage bag and keep them in the fridge. Keeping them cool will keep them from drying out which means less juice and a tough rind.
If you’ve never purchased Meyer lemons before, you may be in for a rude awakening when you see the price tag.
While you can get a 2 pound bag of yellow lemons for about $3, a 1 pound bag of Meyer lemons can cost $4+.
The reason behind the expense is because the growing season for Meyer lemons is short and they are more fragile to ship.
While the price is high, the flavor is worth it!
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
If you don’t live in a climate that caters to growing your own Meyer lemon tree, it can be a bit tricky to know where to look for the lemons. The best way I’ve found is to use Instacart to search for retailers that carry the lemons in your area. In my area, Sprouts Farmers Market carries the lemons, so I can go there the next time I get a craving!
If you get a large batch of Meyer lemons (lucky!) and have too much juice on your hands, you can save the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. After that, it’s best to pour the juice into ice cube trays and then put the lemon juice cubes into an gallon storage bag until you’re ready to make more lemonade.
The lemonade pairs well with:
- Tri Color Pasta Salad
- Grilled Balsamic Bruschetta Chicken
- Grilled Sausage Kabobs
- Tuna Rotini Pasta Salad
- BLT Salad with Avocado
I hope your family loves this Meyer lemonade recipe! If you make it, be sure to take a picture and tag me on Instagram with @ashcroftfamilytable and use the hashtag #ashcroftfamilytable!
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The Best Meyer Lemonade Recipe
- 8 Meyer lemons
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 7 cups cold water
- Cut lemons in half.
- Using a citrus juicer, squeeze the juice from each lemon half, emptying the juicer out as it gets full or clogged.
- Once all of the lemons are juiced, carefully pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove and seeds and pulp.
- Combine 1 cup of your freshly squeezed juice, granulated sugar, and cold water in a large pitcher. Mix well and serve cold, with ice if desired.