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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Lemon Shake Up

We rarely go to fairs or carnivals (is it me or are parking lot carnivals WAY harder to find than they used to be!?) but when we hit up an occasional festival, the first thing the Mr does is look for the lemon shake up stand.  For me it's an elephant ear (split between us now unless we can find minis)...for him, liquid lemon overpriced refreshment.  We went to an antique show and they had a lemon shake up stand.  $6 later, I said, I'm going to make the man some homemade lemon shake up action at home!


 For a single serving you'll need 1 lemon, some ice (he prefers crushed so that's what I used) and the zero calorie sweetener of your choice if you want the taste but not the calories or 1 tbsp of sugar if you want the more "authentic" lemon shake up taste.  If you're not a drinker like us or you don't have swanky cocktail parties so no martini shaker on hand, just get 2 plastic cups, one being smaller than the other to serve as a shaker.

Before you cut the lemon roll it on the counter a little bit to get the juices flowing.  Then cut it in half and remove any visible seeds and put one half in the bottom of the smaller plastic cup.  (Free advertising on the bottom cup is for Central BBQ in Memphis.  Stop on by if you're in the area.  Best pulled chicken sandwich ever!)

Then top the lemon with your ice. (Measure ice by filling the final mug/glass you're going to use 3/4 full of ice)

Put the other lemon half on top of the ice.  Add enough water to just match the amount of ice in the cup.  If you're using real sugar this is when to add it so it can dissolve.

Put the bigger plastic cup on top of the full smaller cup and shake out some frustration or put on some "Hey Ya" and shake it like a polaroid pitcha or pretend your mixing a 'tini for James Bond.

When you're done, it'll look all frothy and yummy.  Now is the time to fish out the top lemon half, pour the lemonade into a frosty mug then grab the 2nd half.

Put your fingers over the top of the mug and squeeze the lemon half letting the juice run between your fingers into the mug whilst catching the seeds.

Pop in a straw and taste the impending summer vibe!

Low Calorie Shake Up (with zero calorie sweetener):  Calories 12  Sodium 1mg Potassium 58mg Total Carbs 5g  Sugars 1g  Vitamin C 36%

Real Sugar Shake Up:  Calories 60 Sodium 1mg Potassium 59mg  Total Carbs 17g  Sugars 14g  Vitamin C 36%

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  1. That looks delicious. : )
    You are a very nice wife.
    I think you both are doing so awesome. Way to go! Love, Fat Becky!

  2. Ooh, I think I need to put fresh lemons on the grocery list!!

  3. thats too simple to be soo tasty. Lemons, here I come!


  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE lemon shake-ups (never heard them called that before though) at the fairs. Thanks for sharing a great recipe, I hate to drink my calories, so it's nice that this treat is SO LOW!

  5. My go-to for carnivals and such is a corn dog (or pronto pup, depending on where I am in the country.)

    Wholeheartedly agree on the CBQ pulled chicken! And it backs up to the Green Line so you can walk off any excess. :)

  6. This turned out really great. I like that I can choose between the full-on sugar water (when I can budget the calories for it) and the lightened version when I don't mind some of that aftertaste but don't have to worry about calories.

    Great pics too. You done good - as usual!

  7. Mmm, never thought of making this at home--thanks for the idea and details!

  8. That looks so delicious I can't even begin to tell you. I LOVE lemonade!!

  9. This looks so refreshing--we are definitely on the same wavelength with the lemon drinks, huh? :) I used to order something like this at a restaurant we'd go to when I was a kid--they weren't called shake ups, but they were exactly like this.

    The photos you took are beautiful. I love the mason jar glasses!

  10. My mouth is puckering just reading this post :)

  11. Looks so refreshing! Being a type 1 diabetic I also love that it only has 5 grams of carbs! Woo hoo

  12. So glad everyone seems to like it! The Mr loves them and I've taken a liking to them too now that I know I can make 'em on the cheap at home!

  13. My mouth is watering...thanks for sharing!

  14. That looks so good! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Ohhh, this looks yummy! I'll be trying this as soon as I get a few lemons. Thanks for sharing. I've just spent the last half hour reading your blog. What an inspiration you are. Thanks, and keep up the great work.


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