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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Skinny Lemonade

It's hot out here in Georgia. Now I know out West, y'all think 95 degrees here in Georgia is nothing compared to your hot summer days of 112 and up. However, you have to remember that we have this thing called humidity out here. And add that humidity factor in and our measly 95 degrees shoots up another 5 to 10 degrees.

It's like opening your door and walking into an outdoor sauna. Those clean dry clothes you put on for work 5 minutes ago are now finding themselves drenched with sweat, sticking to your now wet body, and you feel like you can't breathe because of the stifling heat. And we're supposed to get up to 100 degrees this week!

So when Mother Nature decides to turn up the heat, I find myself reaching for this Skinny lemonade. It's a sip of refreshment on a hot summer day, without all the sugar calories.

Lemonade is such a simple drink to make with freshly squeezed lemons, water, and Splenda. That's it! And you can vary the Splenda and water depending upon you're taste. If you like your lemonade a little tart, add less Splenda. If you prefer your lemonade a little sweeter, add a little more water and Splenda.

You can add a little pulp to your lemonade like I do. Or you can add other fruit juices to your lemonade like cherry, orange, or watermelon. It's so easy to customize this drink to your individual taste.

And the best part about it, is the Splenda doesn't sink to the bottom like sugar, so you're guaranteed with a sweet lemon taste in every sip. Ahhh, refreshing!

I'm going to go change into some dry clothes now...

Skinny Lemonade

Recipe by Julie Murphy
A refreshingly sweet sugar-free alternative to the classic lemonade drink.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Total time: 7 minutes
Yield: 3 and 1/2 quarts
  • 10 cups water
  • 3 cups lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 and 1/2 cups Splenda (you can add 1/2 cup more if you like it sweeter)
  1. In a glass measuring cup, add 2 cups of water.
  2. Place in the microwave and heat for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave and stir in Splenda.
  4. In a large pitcher, add remaining water and heated Splenda water. Mix together.
  5. Add in lemon juice and stir.
  6. Let chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and serve in a tall glass, with or without ice cubes.
  7. Garnish with lemon slices or mint leaves.

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