Anyway. I knew some of these were unripe, but hey. I wanted an -ade, and nothing good happens to fruit on the ground.
Here's a picture of the inside of my "Pink Lemonade" lemons. So pretty! No, it doesn't make pink lemonade. But super pretty in glasses. The pink varies, from distinct pink to hardly any atall.
Between the drought (we've gotten perhaps an inch of rain since our rainy season started, in November. Probably less than that, and nothing in the past 6 weeks - it's actually hot and dry out, all my plants are parched) and being picked unripe, none of my pretty fruit was juicy.
My lemonade recipe is simple and delicious. Juice lemons, limes, or whatever (well, not grapefruit) until you have a couple of cups of juice, more is better. Pour juice into large container. Add sugar until you're not ready to scream from the acidity. Add water until diluted to taste. Add more sugar, because it's still pretty tart. This OBVIOUSLY depends on having a lemon tree of your very own, and ripe fruit.
As you can see from the inner workings picture above, this fruit wasn't juicy! So, having once seen a recipe for traditional boiled lemonade, I made some. I sliced up my fruit, put it in a pot with some water and boiled it a bit.
I strained the fruit out, added sugar (and raw sugar) to the juice, added water and refrigerated. I threw in some flower syrup I got from Ikea a million years ago for more sweet and some interest. (I ran out of sugar). It tastes like the honey lemonade you'd get at the store. My family hates it! So - uh, guess I'll be drinking a lot of lemonade for the next few days. :p
Notes: Traditionally made lemonade tastes like the "lemon" candy, cough drops, bottled lemonade, powdered lemonade that you get. This answers the eternal question, "Why do they think that tastes like lemonade?" It uses quite a LOT less sugar, a lot less fruit, and produces a dark yellow lemonade. It's not particularly acidic, there's really no bite.
Pretty pictures, not the best result in the world... and if you think of it, you might pray for rain/snow for California. The gov just put us on 20% water restriction, the same weekend I realized my normal winter watering hiatus was killing my plants. :p If we don't get some serious rain this Winter (hey, getting winter back would also be fun) and Spring, we'll be having fires all summer long.
In the meantime, this is how you make traditional lemonade. Although I don't recommend it. ;)