Mmmm...fresh-squeezed lemonade. But even when the result is the world's most refreshing drink, hand-juicing lemons never seems worth it. This is why we were so excited to read about this faster path to homemade lemonade from PureWow. Your secret weapon: a blender.
You don't need a dozen lemons like some other recipes. Just one is necessary, plus 2 cups of water, a few ice cubes and 2 Tbsp sugar.
Some elbow grease is required before popping the fruit in the blender, though.
Wash the rind well--because you're going to blend the WHOLE lemon.
Quarter the fruit with a paring knife.
Ditch the seeds and the pith, aka the thick white part down the center.
Final step? Blend for a full minute until smooth, so it's not too pulpy. Oh, one more thing: Banish your juicer to the corner of that out-of-reach cabinet.