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Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade was a rare treat for the pioneers. Lemons were not easily obtained in the west and were expensive if they could be found. But for the rich, or for very special occasions like the 4th of July, lemonade made any event a special one!


  • 8 lemons, juiced
  • 1 cup of sugar (white or the pioneer version: light brown)
  • 5 cups of water, divided
  • Ice, if so desired
  • Large pitcher
  • Long wooden spoon


Mix one cup of very warm water with the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Add the rest of the water, which should be very cold, stirring well.

Add the juice of the lemons, either fully strained (if you don't like pulp!) or just ensuring the seeds are removed

Taste to adjust and pour over glasses filled with ice to serve

Note: lemons come in all different sizes and juice content and natural sweetness. Because of this, these proportions are just a guideline. If you like a more lemony drink, add more! If the final product is too sour, add sugar. If it is too strong, dilute with a little more water! The pioneers rarely measured much . . . they went by sight and taste and feel!