Pucker Up: 8 Lemonades to Cool Off with This Summer

Escape summer heat with the iconic beverage in its many forms — classic, fruit-filled, slushy and more — with these simple recipes from Food Network.

By: Emily Lee
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Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Perfect Homemade Lemonade Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Perfect Homemade Lemonade, as seen on Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER/FATHERSDAY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman,Chef Name: Ree Drummond Full Recipe Name: Perfect Homemade Lemonade Talent Recipe: Ree Drummond’s Perfect Homemade Lemonade, as seen on Food Network’s The Pioneer Woman FNK Recipe: Project: Foodnetwork.com, CINCO/SUMMER/FATHERSDAY Show Name: The Pioneer Woman

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We’ve all heard the saying “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Before you cue the eye rolls, let me clarify: I’m not preaching a life motto. I’m preaching the splendor of lemonade — sweet-tart, thirst-quenching lemonade. Chilled with ice and freshly squeezed, it completes every summer picnic, barbecue or block party. Escape the summer heat with the refreshing beverage in its many forms — classic, fruit filled, slushy and more — with these simple recipes.

Classic

Since we’re on a roll with the cliches, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Equal parts sweet and tart, Ree Drummond’s Perfect Homemade Lemonade (pictured at top) is your go-to lemonade for picnics, cookouts and more. The tried-and-true combination of sugar, water and freshly squeezed lemon juice is simple yet timeless — and guaranteed to please any crowd.

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Sweet

You may find that you won’t need as much sugar as you normally would when preparing a batch of Bobby Flay’s Blueberry Lemonade, as the blueberries provide a touch of natural sweetness. The process is simple: Start by preparing a standard batch of lemonade, then strain the pureed blueberries through a medium-mesh sieve.

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Herbaceous

Thyme-infused simple syrup lends an earthy flavor note to this Thyme Lemonade. Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme for a sophisticated touch.

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Tart

Frozen raspberries add a gorgeous pink hue to Ree’s homemade Raspberry Lemonade for a more natural-tasting pink lemonade. Keep in mind that the raspberries are quite tart, so take a sip before serving to make sure you’ve sweetened the batch to everyone’s liking.

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Boozy

Tyler Florence’s Vodka Lemonade is just the drink for your next adults-only affair. The recipe starts with a classic lemonade base — lemon juice, water and simple syrup — and ends with a splash of vodka. It’s summer; it’s hot outside. Go on and treat yourself.

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Chef Name: Food Network KitchenFull Recipe Name: Watermelon Lemonade SlushieTalent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Network Kitchen’s Watermelon Lemonade Slushie, as seen on Foodnetwork.comProject: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTAShow Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network,Chef Name: Food Network Kitchen Full Recipe Name: Watermelon Lemonade Slushie Talent Recipe: FNK Recipe: Food Network Kitchen’s Watermelon Lemonade Slushie, as seen on Foodnetwork.com Project: Foodnetwork.com, SUMMER/APPETIZERS/PASTA Show Name: Food Network / Cooking Channel: Food Network

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Slushy

What’s more necessary on a hot and humid afternoon than cool lemonade and crisp watermelon? Enter Food Network Kitchen’s all-in-one Watermelon Lemonade Slushie. This seasonal take on lemonade comes together with the help of frozen cubed watermelon, which, when blended, creates the slushy texture. For a subtle earthy note, steep fresh basil in the simple syrup, then remove it before blending the slushie.

Nutritious

Here’s one lemonade you can feel guiltless about sipping. Sure, this Pear Celery Lemonade is more of a juice, but the combination of pear and celery makes a crisp beverage that’s rich in vitamin C. Be sure to drink the juice soon after it’s made for the most-nutritious bang. (Tip: Adding chia seeds helps replace the fiber that is lost in the juicing process.)

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Berry-Infused

Food Network Magazine offers a hyperseasonal version in the form of this Almost-Famous Strawberry Lemonade, complete with chopped strawberries, bright lemon juice and two simple syrups, one infused with lemon zest, the other infused with — you guessed it — more strawberries.

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