Nothing is more refreshing to me, or says summer, than a tall cold glass of lemonade… unless, of course, you make it a limeade. I’ll take both, thank you! Or either, or if I could find it on the mainland…. one of Maui’s Limeades with a touch of coconut from the Hawaiian Moons health food grocery. Now that was bliss, sitting oceanside sipping the chilled Tahitian limeade slowly while watching the waves lap the shore.

When I was a little girl I once had one of those lemonade stands one summer. I don’t think I made any money (probably ’cause every other kid on the block had the same idea!), but it was fun…. you get to drink up whatever didn’t go to customers. Or maybe that was why no profits were seen! but of all the drinks possible… ice teas, cold sodas, and all the others, it is still lemonade that is the queen of all summer drinks for me.

How to Make One Glass of Lemonade on eHow is the simplest recipe ever:
* One glass of water (about 8 oz)
* One small or 1/2 large lemon
* Sugar

Squeeze juice into water add sugar and stir til dissolved.

Some refinements to that recipe are ….”2 tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar in a 12-ounce glass one-half full of crushed ice. Now cut a lemon in two, slice each section in two or three pieces, add the juice of the lemon and fill the glass with plain ice-cold water. Shake throughly, pour from shaker into glass, and serve with straws”

Or maybe serve friends:
* 6 lemons
* 1 cup white sugar
* 6 cups cold water

1. Juice the lemons to make 1 cup of juice. To make your labor easier, FIRMLY roll the lemons between your hand and counter top before cutting in half and juicing.
2. In a gallon pitcher combine 1 cup lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and 6 cups cold water. Stir. Adjust water to taste. Chill and serve over ice.
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Did you know “lemonade was sold by licensed vendors on the streets of Paris as early as 1676” ? Reputedly the most popular refreshment in the 1880’s here in America, I remember Laura Ingalls Wilder writing of it.

The pithy and well known adage, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” holds the simple secret of making the best of what you have, but gives little glimpse of the supreme pleasure of ice cold lemonade on a hot summer’s day.

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