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This sugar free lemonade is absolutely delicious and so easy! My husband thought it was made with white sugar, and it has become a staple in our fridge. THM Fuel Pull (sipper)
Lemonade for the birthday boy
When I asked Ryan what he wanted for his birthday supper and he said he wanted lemonade, I remembered this recent recipe from his cousins’ blog and took inspiration from their pretty pictures and process, making my own tweaks and discoveries along the way (and turning the lemonade into a sugar free drink).
Verdict: Ryan loved it and asked if it was made with white sugar. 🙂
Homemade Lemonade: the Process:
1) Combine lemon slices, sweetener, and salt in a quart jar.
2) Use something like a wooden spoon – or the tamper from your Vitamix blender – to muddle the lemons and sweetener together. You’re juicing the lemons and dissolving the sweetener.
3) Use a fine mesh sieve to strain the juice into a half gallon jar. Use some cold water to rinse the rest of the juice and sweetener out of the lemon rinds and strain that water into the half gallon jar as well.
4) Top off the jar with ice and cold water to make 2 quarts. Enjoy your lemonade!
What sweetener should I use to make sugar free lemonade?
I chose to use THM Super Sweet Blend in this recipe because I wanted something with a more rounded flavor than pure stevia, but I didn’t want to break the bank on tons of THM Gentle Sweet (or give people the runs with lots of liquified xylitol). Feel free to use your favorite low glycemic sweetener to taste, but this is what I liked in terms of taste and budget.
The Sweet Blend dissolved no problem when muddled with the lemons and later mixed with water and ice.
Is this sugar free lemonade a THM sipper?
Yes! This recipe is a THM (Trim Healthy Mama) sipper drink – a drink that can be sipped on all day without having to worry about conflicting fuel types or taking in a constant stream of calories.
Homemade lemonade tips
- You can easily multiply this recipe for a larger batch.
- Make half the recipe in a quart jar for a single serve sipper for the afternoon!
- Please use real lemons, not bottled juice. There’s a pretty big difference in flavor. With real lemons, you get those naturally occurring oils from the rinds that boost the flavor.
- A pinch of salt rounds out the sweetness and curbs any bitterness.
- I found that leaving the rinds in the lemonade makes it bitter very quickly, so I strain them out after muddling the lemons with the sweetener. You can use the leftover lemon rinds to flavor water!
- A homemade lemonade recipe I consulted online suggested using a stand mixer to juice lemons, but I tried that and did not have good luck with it – lemons all over! Maybe my mixer was too small.
- Lemonade is at its very best when freshly made, but it can also be made ahead no problem.
Change it up!
- The first time I made this I added ½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder (vanilla extract would also work). It was neat for something different! (The vanilla bean powder did make the lemonade look a little murky and I think I prefer the plain version.)
- You could use sparkling water in place of regular water for a sparkling lemonade!
- Adding some fresh mint along with the lemons in the muddling stage would also be neat.
- Limeade would be a nice twist. (Since limes are usually smaller than lemons you’ll need to approximate how many you’ll need and adjust to taste.)
As always, check out the Notes section of the recipe for helpful info and answers to frequently asked questions!
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