Living in Auburn, Alabama, home of Toomer’s Corner with its renowned lemonade, we really should be drinking Toomer’s lemonade.
Someone gave me the recipe once. We made it a few times, and it really was delicious.
I always gravitate back to Granny Newton’s lemonade, though. It makes me think of her and of growing up. So the next time you find yourself with a basket full of lemons, here is how to make lemonade the way Granny Newton does it.
Start with 2 lemons. You may need more, depending on their size, but we’ll check on that in a bit. Granny always squeezed them and rolled them around to get the juices flowing. Then you need to cut them in half. You could squeeze the juice directly from the lemons into the pitcher, but I like to use this little juicer. It think it was around $3, so it’s an inexpensive and useful item to have on hand. It allows the juice to collect in the bottom while straining out most of the seeds onto the lid. Juice both halves of both lemons and pour the juice into a 2-quart pitcher. Add 3/4 to 1 cup sugar. I usually do a full cup, but Granny’s recipe gives the range, so I thought I’d include it.
Fill the pitcher all the way with water and stir until all the sugar is dissolved.
Now comes the important part. You can do this yourself, but outside opinions are often beneficial. The lemonade needs to be tested. See that look? It says things are not quite right. John, thanks for letting me know it wasn’t strong enough. After adding the juice of another half of a lemon, another taste was had. That time it was just right!
You know, life is a little like this.
And, no, I’m not going to tell you to make lemonade when life gives you lemons. (Although that is good advice, as well.)
I am thinking about the testing and the feedback. Like the kind John offered me regarding the lemonade.
I encourage you to have a small circle of people in your life whom you trust completely. Submit yourself to their scrutiny. Ask them to help you examine your life and hold you accountable. Carefully consider their counsel. If you can be in a group that strengthens one another, just as iron sharpens iron, you will all be better for it.
So, have deep and meaningful friendships.
I love you,