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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