DIY Lemonade Station
A summer party isn’t complete without a tall glass of lemonade. Use these tips to create a lemonade beverage station for your guests. Friends of every age will enjoy using fresh fruits, sweeteners and other flavors to create a lemonade drink all their own.
Making your own lemonade is easy. To make one liter combine 1 ½ cups fresh Paramount Citrus lemon juice, 3 cups water and ½ to ¾ cup sugar in a blender. Pulse until everything is well blended. You can also make simple syrup and use it to sweeten the lemonade instead of granulated sugar. Heat equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Add it to the lemon juice and water based on your desired sweetness. Make a traditional lemonade for your station, but also consider including varieties with fresh orange or lime juice added.
Keep It Cool
Your ice bucket doesn’t need to be fancy. A vintage baking tin or bowl helps to keep the ice cold while giving a rustic touch to your spread. An inexpensive sand or garden shovel adds a summery touch when used as an ice scoop.
Clear glasses will allow guests to show off their pretty lemonade creations. Colorful straws also add to the festivities. Be sure to include spoons and tooth picks for stirring up drinks and building garnishes.
Sweeten Things Up
Some like tart lemonade, while others want it sugary sweet. Pick a moderate sweetness level for your pitcher of lemonade and provide raw sugar, white sugar or a bottle of simple syrup so guests can make a sweeter drink if they wish.
Garnish With Fruit
The garnishes are the fun part of the drink station, and just about anything goes. Slices and wedges of lemons and limes are a must, but also consider blueberries, chopped strawberries or blackberries. Even diced melon or fresh herbs can help your guests make fun drink creations.
Spike Your Station
An adults-only section allows your guests to turn their lemonade into delicious cocktails. Gin and vodka always pair well with citrus, but mix things up with some unexpected additions like cherry brandy, amaretto or coconut rum, too.