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State Fair Lemonade Recipe

Craving that iconic Fair Style Lemonade? No need to wait for the fair to come to town! Learn how to make your own refreshing treat at home in just 5 minutes. With fresh lemons, ice, and a little shaking, you'll have the perfect summer drink ready to enjoy.

Craving that iconic Fair Style Lemonade? No need to wait for the fair to come to town! Learn how to make your own refreshing treat at home in just 5 minutes. With fresh lemons, ice, and a little shaking, you’ll have the perfect summer drink ready to enjoy.

State Fair Lemonade Pin.

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How to Make State Fair Lemonade

There’s nothing quite like the refreshing taste of State Fair Lemonade on a hot summer day. Here’s a simple yet delicious recipe to bring that fairground magic right to your kitchen. All you need are 4 simple ingredients to make this delicious drink!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Ice

You will need the following items to prepare the fair-style lemonade:

Overhead view of ingredients and items needed for fair lemonade.

Steps to Make State Fair Lemonade

Making state fair lemonade is easier than you think, and it’s a crowd-pleaser for everyone. Here are the simple steps to preparing this summer beverage.

Step 1: Wash the Lemons

Ensure your lemons are thoroughly washed. This helps remove any dirt or pesticides that might be on the skin.

Step 2: Quarter the Lemons

Cut the lemons into quarters. This will make it easier to extract the juice.

Step 3: Muddle the Lemons

Place the quartered lemons into a container. Use a muddler—or any sturdy kitchen tool—to muddle the lemons until you’ve extracted as much juice as possible.

Step 4: Add the Sugar

Add 3 tablespoons of white granulated sugar to the container with the lemon quarters and juice. Give it a little shake to help dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice.

Step 5: Add Ice and Water

Fill the container ¾ of the way with ice. Then, add 1 ½ cups of water. The ice will chill your lemonade and help mix the flavors as it melts.

Overhead view of steps for state fair lemonade.

Step 6: Shake Well

Place the lid on the container. Make sure it’s secure before shaking it. Shake the container well to combine all the ingredients thoroughly.

Step 7: Prepare to Serve

Make a hole in the lid using a 5/16” hole punch or your preferred method. This hole should be just slightly larger than a straw. If you don’t have a hole punch, you can use a sharp knife to make an X in the lid. Alternatively, some people even use a drill!

Step 8: Enjoy!

Insert a straw through the hole in the lid and enjoy your refreshing State Fair Lemonade!

Fair style lemonade with a lid on the cup and a straw in it.

Tips and Variations

  • Storage: If you plan to store the lemonade for longer than a couple of hours, strain it and store it in a container with a lid. This way, it can last up to 5 days. Leaving the lemon peels in the liquid for too long can cause a bitter taste.
  • Adjusting Sweetness: If you like your lemonade sweeter, feel free to add more sugar. However, it’s best to start with 3 tablespoons and adjust from there.
  • Hole Size for Straw: Ensure if you use a hole punch that it’s at least 5/16” in size. This makes the hole just barely bigger than a straw, which is perfect.

Now you’re ready to enjoy a delightful glass of State Fair Lemonade, any time you like!

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Fair-style lemonade with straw in it.

State Fair Lemonade

Craving that iconic Fair Style Lemonade? No need to wait for the fair to come to town! Learn how to make your own refreshing treat at home in just 5 minutes. With fresh lemons, ice, and a little shaking, you'll have the perfect summer drink ready to enjoy.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: State Fair Lemonade
Servings: 1
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Make sure the lemons are washed thoroughly.
  • Quarter both lemons and place them in one of the containers.
  • Muddle the lemons until you’ve gotten as much juice as possible out of them.
  • Add the sugar to the container with the lemons and give it a little shake. The lemon juice helps dissolve the sugar.
  • Fill the container ¾ of the way with ice and then add the water.
  • Place the lid on, before making the hole in it, and shake it really well, combining all the ingredients thoroughly.
  • Make a hole in the lid using a 5/16” hole punch, or by your preferred method, add a straw, and enjoy your fair lemonade!

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 22mg | Potassium: 299mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 114mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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Ana

Thursday 6th of June 2024

This lemonade was incredibly refreshing! It had the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness, just like the ones you'd get at the fair.

Gloria

Thursday 6th of June 2024

Summer is always here. Lemonade is a favourite for sure. Might as well make an award-winning one to drink. Sure to be a hit.

Tracy

Thursday 6th of June 2024

This is so refreshing! My kids love that we can make this fair favorite at home now and it will definitely be the drink of summer!

Molly Kumar

Thursday 6th of June 2024

This is exactly what i needed, simple, refreshing and an easy lemon drink to beat the heat. Had all the ingredients and the recipe came out absolutely Perfect.