There are few things synonymous with summer than lemonade. Check out these four recipes, a couple for kids, a couple for adults, that you can make at the campsite this season.
Strawberry Lemonade Slushie – Courtesy of Bless This Mess
This particular lemonade recipe requires some special equipment that you may not already have in your RV: a blender or food processor. This can make a perfect concoction for a hot summer day.
- 2 cups whole strawberries, washed and stems removed, about a 1/2 quart
- 3 cups ice
- ½ cup lemon juice
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ to 1 cup water
- Throw everything in the blender and let ‘er rip! Let the blender run for a minute or so to make sure all the ice is chopped up. If things are too thick and not processing, add a little more water.
- After the mixture is smooth, taste it. If you like drinks more on the tart side, start with ¼ cup of sugar and work your way up by adding a Tablespoon at a time.
- Serve immediately.
Note: If making more than you’re in the mood to drink, throw the extras in the kids’ popsicle molds and freeze to make strawberry lemonade popsicles.
Raspberry Lemonade – Courtesy of Food Network
Lemons get all the attention, but if you’re looking for something a little different yet just as refreshing, then throw in some raspberries and a bunch of basil in this made-from-scratch recipe. You can make it ahead of time at home, freeze, and add it to your RV’s freezer when it’s time to roll out. Adults can make their own version by adding a splash of vodka.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 bunch fresh basil, leaves and stems
- 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice (from about 11 lemons)
- 1 bag frozen raspberries
- Vodka, for serving, optional
- Boil the sugar with 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Add the basil to the syrup and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Strain the basil syrup into a small pitcher and discard the basil. Whisk the lemon juice into basil syrup. Pour the mixture into 3 ice cube trays and freeze until solid, about 4 hours.
- Pop the lemonade ice cubes into a large re-sealable plastic bag (freeze for up to 1 week).
- When ready to serve, add the lemonade ice cubes, frozen raspberries and water to a tall pitcher. Stir until evenly mixed. Top with vodka, if using.
Jolly Rancher Lemonade – Courtesy of 50 Campfires
This easy-to-make lemonade utilizes the hard candy. Kids can pick their flavor of Jolly Rancher flavor, adding to the fun, to add to their lemonade (homemade or store-bought, both are fine).
- 1 12 oz. glass of lemonade or unsweetened ice-tea
- 3 Jolly Rancher candies (whatever flavor you like, but we chose watermelon)
- Pour the drink into a glass and unwrap candies.
- Drop candies into the liquid.
- Allow to sit 2-3 hours while candy dissolves.
- Stir well and serve over ice.
For the Adults: Old Camp Lemonade – Courtesy of Maine Spirits
For adults only – a libation using peach pecan whiskey and delicious lemonade. It’s the easiest cocktail to make after a long, fun day spent outdoors. A little garnish, and you’ve got a sipper that will help you enjoy relaxing by that campfire even more.
- 1 Part: Old Camp Peach Pecan Whiskey
- 3 Parts : Lemonade
- Combine ingredients. Serve over ice.
- Garnish with a lemon wedge.