This is another one of those recipes that is so simple it’s often overlooked. It’s especially refreshing in the heat of summer, but I drink it all year round. When my children were young they didn’t care for it much, but now that they’re both older they drink it as much as I do. If nothing else, this is a good reminder that the simplest foods are often the best.
Good Old Lemon Water
- 1/2-cup bottled lemon juice
- Enough water to make 1 gallon
Measure the lemon juice into a gallon-sized pitcher. Add enough water to fill the pitcher. Mix briefly and chill. Serve icy cold.
This is my family’s favorite beverage. We make it every day, twice a day in the summer. We serve it at family meals and everyone is encouraged to drink it throughout the day. It’s refreshing, a good source of vitamin C and there are no empty calories like those in fruit punch. To keep up with our consumption, it takes about 1-quart of lemon juice a week. Store-brand quart bottles of lemon juice in my area cost less than $2, making a gallon of lemon water cost about 25¢.
Makes 1-gallon or 8-servings; 2-cups each.
Per 2-cup serving: 3 Calories; trace Fat; trace Protein; 1g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 17mg Sodium.
Exchanges: Free Food.