Swedish Homemade Lemonade

My grandmother used to make the most delicious homemade lemonade.

Every summer, when coming to her house she had made this special "citron saft" and freshly baked cinnamon rolls…mmm.

This is a Swedish recipe, and not the tart and sour kind of lemonade, but one that is sweet and tastes and smells heavenly of lemons!

LemonsOur Beautiful and Fragrant (Greek) Lemons!

And it is really easy to make; it only needs a few minutes of preparation, then to let it stand overnight.

Pour it in bottles, and it's ready!

In our Greek garden the lemon trees are now full with the most incredibly fragrant lemons, ripe and ready…

What to do?

Lemonade or “Citron saft” (Swedish) of course!

Try to get the most fragrant and preferably organic lemons that you can find. I always use white sugar, but it might work with Demerara sugar as well.


My Grandma’s Swedish Homemade Lemonade

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Here’s what you need:

  • 4 lemons, scrubbed and clean
  • 4 cups boiling water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 50 gr. citric acid

Here’s what to do:

  1. Boil the water.
  2. Meanwhile, slice the lemons in thin slices and add together with the sugar and citric acid in a large bowl or pot.
  3. Pour the boiling water over, and stir all together.
  4. Cover and let stand in room temperature for about 24 hours.
  5. Next day, stir so all sugar dissolves in the bottom.
  6. Pour through a sieve and funnel into bottles.

To Serve: Mix 1/4 of lemonade with 3/4 water. Or make it stronger if you like!

Store the bottles in the fridge. The lemonade keeps for a very long time!

You could also try adding sparkling water instead of still water for a refreshing homemade lemon soda.

Another great idea is to use the lemonade, diluted with only a little water for ice Popsicles, so super tasty for hot days and sweaty little ones… (And big ones too!)

This recipe makes a great gift as well! Just decorate a pretty bottle with a cute label, and maybe tie a ribbon around it with a card of the recipe.


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