After having Josh and Muffin juice the limes and orange for the Best Ever Grilled Margarita Chicken, I noticed that we had several lemons and nothing to use them in before they went bad. So, I decided to look through my recipe files (a.k.a. my bookmarks) and find a recipe for Chick-Fil-A’s lemonade, a drink that we can all agree on. Josh usually orders the Splenda version, and I will probably be posting a version of the Splenda version in a bit. I found the straight-from-Chick-Fil-A-headquarters recipe on Stockpiling Moms. We made a recipe and a half and put it in a gallon pitcher with two lemons’ worth of slices. Also, we made a simple syrup with 1 1/2 cups of the water and the sugar to keep the sugar dissolved. The amounts below reflected what we did.
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Lemonade
Adapted from Stockpiling Moms
2 1/4 cups fresh squeezed (or juiced) Sunkist lemon juice (I purchased mine from Walmart. Sunkist is the brand that Chick-Fil-A supposedly uses, and it does have that definitive Chick-Fil-A lemonade twang. I lost count of how many lemons it took. I would have at least 15-20 for this amount and for what it is to follow)
1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
8 1/4 cups water, divided
2 lemons, sliced
Make simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 1/2 cups of the water. Cook the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
When ready to begin juicing the lemons, slice the two remaining lemons and place them in the bottom of a gallon pitcher. Pour syrup over them. Juice the lemons using a powered juicer (hopefully). Pour the lemon juice into the pitcher and stir. Add the remaining 6 3/4 cups of water and stir.
Refrigerate before serving. Serve over ice with additional lemon slices.
Muffin loved the lemonade…almost as much as he loved juicing the lemons.
P.S. I added a few drops of grenadine that I found on clearance once and made the last half of that glass shown above into PINK lemonade!