Take one pint of water, add half pound of sugar
The juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon
Pour the water from one jug, then to the other several times
Strain through a clean napkin
Um…a HALF POUND of sugar per pint (that’s 2 cups) of water? That’s 113 grams of sugar per cup of lemonade…or 38 sugar cubes per cup…or 28 teaspoons of sugar per cup.
I made a batch, and it’s like drinking hummingbird sugar water. Good, but hilariously sweet and, in my opinion, hard to drink more than a sip or two. Calorie-wise, it’s 500 cals per cup. I’d say Beyoncé’s lemonade recipe is desperately in need of a healthy remix!
First, I should say that I’m a Beyoncé lover. I’m also a true believer in treating yourself every once in awhile, especially if food has a sentimental value (I talked about this with my chicken pot pie). But if you’re looking for a lemonade recipe to enjoy throughout the the summer, please make light!
Beyoncé’s lightened lemonade has 6 grams of sugar and 65 calories, the majority (55%) of which is from the squeezed lemon juice. It tastes refreshing, tangy and still plenty sweet, which is how I like it. My taste-testing hubby preferred the Light recipe to Beyoncé’s original, hands down.
How did I decrease the sugar by 95%? With stevia, a natural sweetener from the Stevia rebaudiana plant. You’ll hear more about stevia in coming years as food companies adopt it as a sugar substitute. Both the FDA and multiple high-quality research studies support its safety as a sweetener.
When life gives you lemons, make Beyoncé’s Light Lemonade! Without further ado:
- 1 cup water
- 3 tsp stevia (I used a stevia baking blend)
- juice of 3 lemons
- zest of 1/4 lemon
- Take one cup of water, add 3 teaspoons of stevia, the juice of 3 lemons, the zest of 1/4 lemon
- Pour the water from one jug then to the other several times
- Strain through a clean napkin (optional)
This recipe makes one cup of lemonade. Multiply as needed to achieve your desired volume.