Frozen Lemonade

This drink takes me back to my childhood days of ordering a frozen lemonade at the Zoo, when my only worry was running out of water in my pink whirly squirt bottle.  Those days are sure gone.  Now I not only have to remember where I parked (so hard!), but keep track of the little monkeys I brought with me.  I think we all deserve a little frozen lemonade for doing so much adult stuff all the time.  Now if I can just find a fan and install a hammock...

Ashley and I co-created this wonder of all wonders.  We were catering a wedding and needed some fast and fancy punch to serve, and I remembered a citric acid and lemon extract version of lemonade that my sister-in-law makes.  A couple of months later Ashley had, what I like to think, is a flash of pure inspiration:  let's put this stuff in the ice cream maker and see how it tastes.  I couldn't be more tickled with the outcome.  She found that the original  lemonade base needed more flavor to stand up to the temperature change, but otherwise, this is one treat you can pull off, even after a long tiring day at the Zoo.


...just 3 ingredients and water. I know, right?  You can find Citric Acid online and at health food stores, although it's not exactly healthful in this recipe. Mix 3 quarts of water with the other ingredients, taste, and add up to 1/4 c more water depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is.  Chill for 2 hours. Pour half of the liquid in an ice cream maker and process until it becomes a slushy, about 6-10 minutes.  Quickly empty and process the other half before your freezer bowl gets too warm.

3 Quarts Water
4 t Citric Acid
4 t lemon extract
2 1/2 C Sugar

   
Serve immediately or keep in your freezer for up to an hour before serving.  Prepare for pure adoration from your guests.    

Problems: Warm lemonade base- If you don't have time to chill the lemonade before processing it in your ice cream maker, you can only process the first half, or 4 servings.  It will take closer to 15 minutes to turn into a slushy.  The second half will not ice up because the bowl will have become too hot.  You can, however, chill the remaining lemonade and make frozen lemonade again another day after re-freezing your ice cream bowl.


Frozen Lemonade (serves 8)

3 Quarts Water
4 t Citric Acid
4 t lemon extract
2 1/2 C Sugar

  1. Mix 3 quarts of water with the other ingredients, taste, and add up to 1/4 c more water depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is.  Chill for 2 hours.

  2. Pour half of the liquid in an ice cream maker and process until it becomes a slushy, about 6-10 minutes.  Quickly empty and process the other half before your freezer bowl gets too warm.

  3. Serve immediately or keep in your freezer for up to an hour before serving.


Notes:  The unfrozen lemonade base will last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator without losing flavor.
             
Citric Acid also happens to be an ingredient used in cheesemaking, so you can order it online at a         
             cheesemaking website such as www.cheesemaking.com for a cheaper price..  You can also purchase it at a
             healthfood store for a few dollars.

 

 

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