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Summer is coming up fast and what better way to cool off than making homemade lemonade? Oh, I know…those ready-made drinks are easy. But making this fresh squeezed lemonade recipe is easy too. Plus, you only need 4 ingredients that you can actually pronounce to make it. Wholesome and fresh, my kids love it when I have this ice-cold homemade lemonade recipe waiting for them on a hot day.

Best lemonade recipe

Best Lemonade Recipe

What makes the best lemonade? Real lemons. Seriously, if you’re buying that stuff at the store in those jugs or that frozen concentrate, what are you buying? I know, I did the same thing myself. I thought it was because the lemonade drink I made didn’t taste like it, but now I know the secret to the best lemonade and am sharing it with you!

Easy Lemonade Recipe

What could be easier than 4 ingredients? Exactly! You know what you’re getting. It only takes a little time to make the simple syrup, let it cool, and then put it together for the best lemonade from lemon juice in town!

Lemonade ingredients

Lemonade Ingredients

  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice – Making a fresh homemade lemonade recipe with lemons is the only way. It will take about 5 or 6 lemons to get the required amount for this recipe.
  • Cold water – This dilutes your lemon mixture for balance.
  • Simple syrup – Made with a cup of water and a cup and ¼ of white sugar, this is the secret to getting that perfect pitcher of fresh lemonade!

Easy lemonade recipe

How do you Make Lemonade from Scratch

Making this simple lemonade recipe is quick and easy. You’ll first make a simple syrup out of sugar and water on the stove top. As that dissolves together, you’ll juice your lemons. When the sugar dissolves, you’ll let that simple syrup cool. Then you’ll combine it all together in a pitcher and refrigerate for 45 minutes. Refreshment awaits!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
Anonymous

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Lemonade Every Time

  • Pick good lemons. When making this lemonade recipe with lemon juice, instead of getting a bag of lemons, choose your own. Squeeze them gently to feel for a little bit of give and skin that isn’t too thick. The color should be bright and they should smell fragrant.
  • Don’t skip making simple syrup. This was a mistake I made when I first tried to make homemade lemonade. You wind up with sugar at the bottom and a sour drink. The simple syrup ensures your sweetness gets mixed through the entire pitcher when you make lemonade with lemon juice.
  • Feel free to garnish. If you’re setting up an alfresco dining table, a sprig of lavender or rosemary looks really pretty in the glass!

How do you make lemonade from scratch

How many lemons do you need to make a pitcher of lemonade?

Depending on the size of the lemons you choose, it should take about 5 or 6 lemons to give you the juice you need to make one pitcher of lemonade. 

What is the best ratio of lemons to sugar for lemonade?

In this fresh lemonade recipe, you’ll see that the best ratio is 1 ¼ cup of white granulated sugar to roughly 5 lemons. This will give you the right balance in all the flavors for your best lemonade.

What can I add to lemonade to make it better

Is lemonade and lemon juice the same thing?

No, lemon juice is simply the juice you squeeze from lemons. It’s very sour. Lemonade has water added as well as sweetener to tamper down the sour flavors from the lemons.

Is it cheaper to make your own lemonade?

Yes, it’s cheaper to make lemonade yourself rather than buy it ready-made. Plus, you’re eliminating additives that you’d get from those store-bought brands.

Is drinking homemade lemonade good for you?

Homemade lemonade is a far better choice over sodas and those packaged drinks. However, because it has sugar in it, you should always watch out not to have too much.

Does lemonade hydrate you?

Lemonade is great for hydration. Sour flavors stimulate your saliva production plus the water that lemonade is made with helps keep you hydrated. No wonder it’s such a popular summer drink!

Homemade lemonade recipe

What goes well with Lemonade

Any type of barbecue or grilled foods go well with lemonade. Picnic foods, burgers, sandwiches, fresh fish and shrimp, and spicy foods are all perfect to pair with lemonade.

What can I add to lemonade to make it better?

Lemonade made from fresh ingredients is as good as it gets. You can infuse it with herbs though like rosemary, basil, or lavender to give it a unique twist. Adding other fresh fruits is fun to experiment with too.

How to make lemonade at home

How to Store Lemonade

Lemonade needs to be kept in the fridge. It’s not that it will go bad if you leave it out, not right away anyway, but it tastes best chilled. The fridge will keep it fresh and cold.

How Long Does Homemade Lemonade Last?

When you make this lemonade, it will be good for about a week in your fridge. If you want to make a bigger batch, I recommend you freeze it.

Can You Freeze Lemonade?

Yes, you can freeze it just fine. I like putting it in freezer storage bags to lay flat in the freezer. My family drinks so much lemonade in the summer, this saves me loads of time!

How to Thaw Lemonade?

All you need to do is put it in the fridge to thaw out. Do it the night before a big party and you won’t have anything to worry about.

Classic Homemade Lemonade Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 255
Lemonade is the perfect summer drink that is incredibly tasty and refreshing. This super easy homemade Lemonade recipe requires only 3 simple ingredients and has the perfect balance!

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water (for simple syrup)
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups cold water

Instructions 

  • First, make the simple syrup by combining the sugar and 1 cup of water into small saucepan. Bring to a simmer until the sugar dissolves completely, then remove from heat and set aside.
  • While the water heats up for the simple syrup, juice about 5-6 lemons until you get 1 cup of juice. After the simple syrup has cooled, combine with the juice and water into a serving pitcher. Add more water depending on your preference, and refrigerate for 45 minutes.
  • Serve over ice with sliced lemons.
Calories: 255kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 64mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 64g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve bustled into my kitchen to make a recipe I’m totally jazzed about and I realize with sudden dawning horror…I’ve forgotten to buy buttermilk! It’s happened to you too, right? It got me thinking, how do you make buttermilk when you don’t have buttermilk? Well, you make it of course! This buttermilk recipe ensures you’ll always know how to make buttermilk with just 2 simple ingredients!

Best buttermilk recipe - How to make buttermilk

Best Buttermilk Recipe

Sure, you could run out and buy it, but the best buttermilk recipe is the fresh kind you make at home. And it’s super-likely that you have just what you need to make it in your fridge right now!

Easy Buttermilk Recipe

Save time and money on running to the store and just grab 2 ingredients from your kitchen and make your own buttermilk at home. Then just 5 minutes later, your buttermilk will be ready to go.

Buttermilk ingredients - How to make buttermilk

Buttermilk Ingredients

  • Whole milk – The “milk” in this recipe, of course, is necessary to make buttermilk at home.
  • White vinegar – Sorry, not butter, though the traditional way to get buttermilk was from the liquid remaining after churning butter from cultured cream. This is just our modern-day shortcut!

Easy buttermilk recipe

How do you Make Buttermilk from Scratch

Making buttermilk from scratch simply requires pouring white vinegar into whole milk. After 5 minutes, you can stir it up and see how it’s changed in texture. You can taste it too! Making buttermilk from milk is super easy.

Got buttermilk?
Megan

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Buttermilk Every Time

  • Use whole milk. You want the fattiness from the milk to help make that cultured texture.
  • You can use apple cider vinegar. When making buttermilk with vinegar, you have options. If you don’t have white vinegar, another vinegar should do the trick. Except malt. I wouldn’t use that!
  • Be patient. It takes about 5 minutes for the reaction to occur with the cultures. Staring at it will make it feel like forever.

How do you make buttermilk from scratch

How do you make buttermilk from regular milk?

To turn regular milk into butter milk, you’ll add one tablespoon of white vinegar per every cup of milk. This is the ratio to uphold no matter how much buttermilk you want to make.

How long does it take to turn milk into buttermilk?

For this recipe, using vinegar it only takes about 5 minutes to turn milk into buttermilk.

Is homemade buttermilk as good as store bought?

Homemade buttermilk comes out thinner than its commercial counterparts. It also reveals vinegary notes in the taste. It’s a great replacement for the cultured buttermilk from the store when you need it in recipes.

Is lemon juice or vinegar better for making buttermilk?

Either one will serve the purpose of making buttermilk. Since lemon juice and vinegar are both acidic, it helps the milk curdle. It’s really a matter of preference, or what you have on hand at home.

Can you substitute milk and lemon juice for buttermilk?

Yes, you can! Milk and lemon juice is also a suitable buttermilk replacement.

What are the benefits of drinking buttermilk?

When you drink buttermilk, you get lots of protein that helps your bones, muscles, and skin stay healthy. If you buy it commercially, it also has extra vitamins and minerals added to it to make it even more nutritious.

Should buttermilk be thick?

Buttermilk is thicker than regular milk, so expect the texture to look different. However, homemade buttermilk will be thinner than what you’ll make with whole milk and vinegar.

How does vinegar turn milk into buttermilk?

The acidity of the vinegar turns the milk into buttermilk. Essentially, it sours it which will serve its purpose in recipes that call for buttermilk to be used.

Is buttermilk and milk interchangeable?

No, they’re not interchangeable because while using regular milk in making homemade ranch dressing won’t be problematic, in baking it is. Buttermilk will require adjustments in baking soda and baking powder when added in place of milk due to the higher acid content.

How do I make 1/2 cup of buttermilk with milk?

When you make buttermilk substitute, to measure a ½ cup, you will measure a ½ cup of milk and then add 1 ½ teaspoons of vinegar.

What is a substitute for buttermilk?

Nothing tastes quite like buttermilk. If you don’t have it, it’s easy to make using this recipe to avoid a trip to the store. Real buttermilk has the most wonderful taste of all, but in recipes, this buttermilk substitute will do nicely.

How do you make buttermilk from regular milk

What to Use Buttermilk For

Some people love drinking buttermilk as-is. In my house, it’s something I love to use in everything from pancakes to biscuits and ranch dressing to fried chicken. Honestly, it’s better to make it when you need it anyway. When you do buy it ready-made at the store, you have to remember to use it all before it goes bad.

How to Store Buttermilk

Buttermilk will taste the best and uphold its quality if you put it in a glass container in your fridge. This will make it easy to see how much is left when you go to use it up.

How Long Does Buttermilk Last?

Your homemade buttermilk will last when stored properly in that container in your fridge for as long as 2 weeks. Ideally, you’ll finish it off before then.

Can You Freeze Buttermilk?

Freezing buttermilk is a brilliant idea. It’s something I’ve started doing myself so that I automatically just pop a storage bag of it out the day before I’m going to use it. It will be good for about 3 months so planning ahead with buttermilk is never a bad idea.

How to Thaw Buttermilk?

Just take it out the night before and put it in your fridge. It will be ready to work with the next day.

How to make Buttermilk

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 152
This easy Buttermilk recipe tutorial is the perfect guide to teach you how to make buttermilk from scratch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar

Instructions 

  • Pour the vinegar into the whole milk and gently stir to combine. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so the milk will curdle and achieve a buttermilk texture and taste.
Calories: 152kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 322mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 277mg | Iron: 1mg

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In my house, eggnog is a Christmas-time favorite. For years, I’d get excited when the supermarket would finally have it in stock around the holidays. But the real treat is making a homemade eggnog recipe yourself. It tastes better, has no weird ingredients, and best of all, you don’t have to wait for the holidays to make it. Christmas in July, anyone?

Best eggnog recipe

Best Eggnog Recipe

Simple and wholesome ingredients that are right in your kitchen right this minute are all it takes to make the best eggnog recipe. Once you make it yourself, you will never go back to those cartons or gallon jugs.

Easy Eggnog Recipe

In less time than it takes to go to the store to buy it, you can make this easy eggnog recipe. You’ll only need 8 real ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time. It will cook for 25 minutes and then it’s all about letting it chill and being patient!

Eggnog ingredients

Homemade Eggnog Ingredients

  • Egg yolks – As the name suggests, eggnog takes eggs to make, though only the yolks (save the raw egg whites for an egg white omelet!)
  • Heavy whipping cream – Heavy cream gives eggnog that creamy and thick texture
  • Whole milk – Yes, let’s make it even creamier!
  • Sugar – Eggnog needs some sweetness too
  • Vanilla extract – Because sugar isn’t enough to give it that taste we all love
  • Nutmeg – Is any holiday dish ever complete without nutmeg? (Spoiler alert: no, it isn’t!)
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon is the perfect garnish to shake on top of each serving of traditional eggnog. A teaspoon of cinnamon is enough for the family.
  • Whipped cream – the perfect sweet and creamy topping (can substitute a spoonful of cool whip)

Easy eggnog recipe

How do you Make Eggnog from Scratch

For a traditional eggnog recipe, first you’ll whisk the egg yolks with the sugar. When it’s creamy, you’ll then take a saucepan and fill it with cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt. Once it lightly simmers, temper in the eggs, slowly adding a little hot milk to the egg mixture at a time while whisking well. Keep doing this until all of your hot milk has been incorporated, then pour it all back into the saucepan, whisking until it thickens a little. Take it from the heat, add the vanilla. Then refrigerate it for several hours and it will be ready for you later!

I’m a self-confessed eggnogaholic.
Megan

How to make eggnog from scratch

Expert Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Eggnog Every Time

  • Don’t rush it. If you don’t temper your eggs in, you’re going to wind up with scrambled eggs. Eggnog doesn’t require gobs of hands-on time, but taking your time here will certainly pay off.
  • Use only the yolks. Some recipes use the whole egg, but I like the yolks because you wind up with a more flavorful and richer eggnog.
  • Add the spices while it’s warm. This allows them to infuse into the flavor of your eggnog.
  • Be patient and let it chill. Seriously. It will be worth it, and it will thicken up during that time too…you’ll see!

What to serve with eggnog

How to Make Eggnog

Knowing how to make eggnog is definitely a great life skill. Simply gather your ingredients and follow the steps below. You’ll need a large mixing bowl, a whisk, and a saucepan. Oh, and something to store your eggnog inside of for the fridge (like a pitcher or something).

How long does eggnog last

What is eggnog made of?

Eggnog is made of eggs, cream, milk, and spices. These give it the signature flavor and texture everyone loves.

What spice is most often used in eggnog?

Nutmeg and vanilla extract are used in the eggnog itself. Cinnamon is most often used as the garnish to add a little something extra.

What does eggnog taste like?

Eggnog tastes more like melted ice cream. It has the aroma of vanilla and warming spices too for a sweet, creamy experience.

Tips and tricks for perfect eggnog

Is homemade eggnog safe to drink?

With this recipe, yes it is because the eggs are tempered in so you won’t be at risk for salmonella.

Does eggnog need to be cooked?

During the heating process, any salmonella that might be in the raw egg gets killed off. Studies at Rockefeller University have shown that very few bacteria (including salmonella) can survive in the the same mixture as alcohol. If you’re still concerned, you should heat your eggnog before enjoying it each time.

What alcohol goes best with eggnog

When and how to add alcohol to eggnog?

If you want eggnog with rum, you can add it as you serve it. This way, anyone that wants to keep it free of alcohol can enjoy. The best rum for eggnog is a dark one.

What is the best alcohol to put in eggnog?

Brandy has always been deemed as the original tradition for a spiked eggnog recipe. Dark rum or cognac are other options that keeps the flavors true. For a boozier concoction, choose bourbon in your eggnog cocktail.

How much alcohol do you add to eggnog?

If you want a good balance, add your chosen liquor at 1.5 ounces to every cup of eggnog. This will give it enough of a buzzy feeling. If you’re not driving anywhere, feel free to pour a little heavier.

How do you make eggnog from scratch without alcohol?

For a non-alcoholic eggnog recipe, simply follow this recipe. It gives you the option to add alcohol for anyone that wants it when serving or leaving it alcohol-free.

What is eggnog made of

Should eggnog be warm?

It depends on your preferences. Eggnog is delicious served cold with cinnamon on top, but it’s also delightful warm. If it’s cold outside, warming your eggnog might be the perfect way to find comfort.

What food goes with eggnog?

Eggnog goes great with desserts, naturally. But it also pairs perfectly with savory options too. You’d be surprised how delicious it is with rich as well as spicy foods.

Does eggnog need to be cooked

What to Serve with Eggnog

Eggnog is rich, creamy, and sweet so it’s natural to assume it’s great with desserts. And believe me, it is. But it’s also wonderful with contrasting flavors. Think savory, salty, or spicy. Stuffed mushrooms make a great appetizer to pair it with if you’re having company over. You may also enjoy it with prosciutto-wrapped asparagus or even a charcuterie board with ham and fresh parmesan.

How much alcohol do you add to eggnog

How to Store Eggnog

Homemade eggnog isn’t pasteurized which means you need to keep it in your fridge and plan on using it quickly.

How Long Does Eggnog Last?

Homemade eggnog will last up to one week in the fridge especially if you have added alcohol to it which acts as a preservative. The sooner you use it, the better. You can definitely make it ahead of guests coming over but not too far ahead.

Homemade eggnog recipe

Can You Freeze Eggnog?

You can freeze eggnog which is another great option. Make sure you use a container that gives you about a half-inch of space from the top so it can expand easily when it freezes. You should plan to use it before 6 months is up.

How to Reheat Eggnog?

You can simply heat each cup in the microwave, or when serving more than a couple people, heat it over the stove.

Homemade Eggnog Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chill time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 493
Hands down the BEST Eggnog recipe you will make! Homemade eggnog is head and shoulders above store bought. This homemade holiday eggnog recipe comes out thick, creamy, and perfectly balanced. Perfect for family holiday parties!

Ingredients

  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/8 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ground cinnamon (for garnish)

Instructions 

  • In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar together until creamy.
  • Then, in a saucepan over medium to medium-high heat, add the cream milk, nutmeg and salt together. Stir this mixture until it reaches a light simmer. Once the milk has reached a light simmer you can temper the eggs. Temper the eggs by slowly adding a small amount of hot milk mixture into the egg mixture , whisking vigorously. Repeat this process until all of the hot milk has been added to the eggs.
  • Next, pour the mixture back into the saucepan and whisk until it thickens slightly. Once the hot mixture has thickened, remove from heat and add in the vanilla. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. The mixture will thicken as it cools.
  • Serve chilled with ground cinnamon and a splash of dark rum.
Calories: 493kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 397mg | Sodium: 91mg | Potassium: 244mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 1571IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 217mg | Iron: 1mg

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