Jura's grandmother's lemonade

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By jura

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  • 900g sugar

  • 1.7l water

  • 3 lemons

  • 30g tartaric acid (or citric)


  1. Grate the zest of the lemons into a big heatproof bowl. Remove and discard the pith. Slice the lemon fruit thinly and add to the bowl (along with juice, pips, the lot).
  2. Add sugar, and 3 pints of boiling water. Stir gently until all the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Cover the bowl and leave (preferably overnight) to cool.
  4. Dissolve your tartaric or citric acid in about 150ml water and add to the mixture - this gives it back the tartness the sugar has overpowered. Stir again.
  5. Strain through a sieve into a clean, empty 2l bottle - you should catch lots of little pieces of lemon peel.
  6. Store in the fridge, use within a week. Dilute like squash to drink.


Handy Hint

Tartaric acid is becoming more difficult to get hold of - try the dispensary at Boots and tell them it's for lemonade, not for some nefarious terrorist activity! I got this from my mum who got it from her mum.

Additional Information

  • Egg Free

  • Nut Free

  • Dairy Free

  • Gluten Free

  • Vegetarian

  • Drink

  • Low fat

  • Make Ahead

  • lemon

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  • unlucky83 18/07/13 13:30

    I meant (of course) lemonade!!! (thinking of US kool aid ...which I seem to remember the lemon flavour one contains lots of citric acid and can be used as a dishwasher cleaner!)

  • unlucky83 18/07/13 13:24

    Not tried this yet - but you can buy citric acid off ebay...just bought 2 kilos no problem. I use it for making bath bombs and homemade dishwasher powder...but it is food grade so thought I'd make lemon aid too! (maybe because they have your address??)

  • UKSky 08/07/12 22:17

    You can buy both citric acid and tartaric from your local homebrew shop (online shop). Both come in 100g / 500g / 1kg packets. Yes, citric acid can be used in drug making but you only have to notify the police if it is being purchased in quantities (I think it is 5 kilos at a time).

  • Queenofsiburbia 06/07/12 07:10

    I've also had problems getting hold of citric acid for elderflower cordial, which I made for my wedding last year so needed in industrial quantities! My advice is: Avoid boots they're rubbish. They can sell it but tell you they can't --even though clearly you are not a crackhead!-- Small independent pharmacies often sell it or will order it in, but will only do so in small quantities. Start looking for it about 3 weeks before you need it! Every town you visit, pop in to a pharmacy to see if you can get some! Thanks for this recipe, it looks great + a nice change from elderflower.

  • Chestnut99 31/05/12 16:14

    I tried to buy tartaric or citric acid in Boots last year to use in homemade elderflower cordial and was told it is a key ingredient in crack manufacture so they don't supply it any more ...! If no luck on the High Street, you can find these things online from beer-making websites. Will be using my crack-making kit to try out this lemonade recipe :)

  • sophybear 04/06/10 17:42

    I have this exact recipe from my granny in her hand written 1930's recipe book. it is the taste of my childhood and I recommend it to everyone!

  • thelma2008 01/04/09 07:16

    Yummy, ideal for a summer's day in the garden.