Two Recipes: Maple Lemonade

Two Recipes: Maple Lemonade

So what do I love to drink when I am not having clear, cold water? I have a love for lemonade. Especially when made with fresh lemons and maple syrup.

OK, I can hear the gasping “That is heavy!”. well…yes. There is no way around the weight of a lemon. You can cheat and use True Lemon powder but it is processed and contains lactose. After having a couple more kids though I realized it isn’t all about having the smallest/lightest pack. Some things are worth it in the end.

You can cut weight by bringing Maple Sugar instead of maple syrup. Both are equally good. 3 Tablespoons of maple syrup weigh 2.3 ounces, where the same of the maple sugar is 1.2 ounces. An average large lemon is 5 ounces and produces ¼ cup juice.

So how do you juice fresh lemons on the trail? First, wash them at home to remove the scuzzy/waxy outer layer and dry. Carry them nestled in your cooking pot, preferably in paper towels to cushion. To juice, cut in half and use your spoon to press. Some lemons are seedless, others not. If you can get the seedless ones, do, it is easier. Otherwise you can strain the juice through a clean bandana or piece of kitchen muslin/cheesecloth carried for the purpose (very light). So yes, it does require work but can also be done before you leave as a first day treat on the trail.

Maple Sugar Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 large lemon (about ¼ cup juice)
  • 3 Tbsp Maple Sugar

 

Directions:
Add to a 1 quart container and shake gently to combine. Add 1 quart cold filtered water. Put on cap tightly and shake till sugar dissolves.

Makes 1 quart.

Maple Lemonade

Ingredients:

  • 1 large lemon (about ¼ cup juice)
  • 3 Tbsp pure maple syrup

Directions:
Add to a 1 quart container and shake gently to combine. Add 1 quart cold filtered water. Put on cap tightly and shake for a minute.

Makes 1 quart.

Notes for both recipes:

Of course, if you have a sweet tooth you may want it sweeter. It is not as sweet as commercially made lemonade and you do have to love maple syrup. And for the love of everything, please use only real maple syrup and not gag…..pancake syrup. That is corn syrup!

~Sarah

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Comments

  1. Since maple sugar is even more condensed maple syrup, won’t the one with sugar be sweeter? Or is it not noticeable with how much lemonade you’re making?

    How do you get a cup of juice from one lemon? It took us 7 at home a couple days ago. (You may get larger lemons not in IL?)

  2. … I see looking back up that the first recipe says 1/4 cup juice from one lemon.

  3. Oops, saw I forgot that 1/4, all fixed now! As for the maple sugar…I find it not so noticeable at that small of amount. It is a bit sweeter than the syrup, bot not overly :)

  4. Terry Redmond says:

    I never use drink mixes when I’m in the backcountry, but I just found something in the grocery store that I might like for those long trips when my parched tongue is craving something other than water.
    It’s called True Lemon.
    The ingredients: Crystallized Lemon [Citric Acid, Lemon Oil, Lemon Juice, Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)], Organic Evaporated Cane Juice. Contains Soy. No Preservatives. Gluten Free.
    I’ve tried it at home and like it’s clean refreshing taste.
    1 packet = 1 large wedge of lemon
    2 packets =1 TBSP lemon juice.
    You can use it to flavour water, hot or iced tea, sprinkle on fruit, etc.
    Maybe if you catch a nice fish you could sprinkle it on at the end of cooking??? : )
    Here’s their web site: http://www.TrueLemon.com

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