Plantation-Style Vanilla Lemonade Recipe -
Plantation-Style Vanilla Lemonade Recipe
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Plantation-Style Vanilla Lemonade

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"This lemon yellow lemonade is what I remember lemonade should taste like. Never watered down with a real lemon kick! Serve over ice or frozen lemonade cubes."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins

    10 mins


  1. Cut the lemons in half and scoop the pulp into a blender. Add half of the rinds along with the sugar, vanilla extract, and 2 cups of the water. Blend until smooth, then strain into a serving pitcher and stir in the remaining water.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 23, 2008

I love this lemonade - it's got the perfect blend of lemon sour and vanilla musk. I use one or two more lemons than the recipe calls for because I like my lemonade nice and sour, and I largely omit the rinds to avoid the bitterness of the lemon pith. I am always grabbing 10-12 lemons at the store to stock up for this recipe!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 05, 2008

I made this to the T..and it was okay, not the best not the worst, next time I will put more lemons... it was more like sugar water.


19 Ratings

Feb 02, 2008

It's my pleasure to be the first to rate this recipe. With just a hint of vanilla aftertaste, it tastes something like if Orange Julius were to make lemonade? It has just enough sweetness to bring out the vanilla flavor, but not too much to overwhelm the tartness of the lemon. Also, I'm not sure if the recipe is intended to use the entire lemon rind and not just the zest(?), as lemon pith is quite bitter. I HIGHLY recommend using Meyer lemons if you can find them. They're sweeter and much more fragrant; plus, they have minimal pith, so you can put the rinds directly into the blender without zesting!

Nov 29, 2008

Very good. Got the thumbs up not only from me, but from the little ones, too.

May 29, 2009

I have a vita-mix, so I tried the recipe as is and it was too bitter. So I made another batch, with 4 lemons pealed, sugar, and vanilla. Blended this and then added the water and replaced most of the water with ice. Yum! 5 stars with my adjustments.

Sep 21, 2010

Pretty excited about this recipe.. Never made Lemonade before and this recipe made it soo EASY! (and Yummy!). Lemon Trees everywhere.. and all those Lemon's go to waste. Grabbed 3 HUGE Lemons from the Neighbors tree.. and WHOLA! 10 min later Super Yummy Treat. Poured some in small Glasses, added some raspberries and sliced strawberries and by the AM I'll have delicious Lemon Icy's! FABULOUS!

Jun 15, 2010

This lemonade is awesome as is. I've made it twice now, once as written, and the second time, I only used 1/2 C sugar. I like my lemonade a little less sweet, and a little more tart. Will definitely be a summer staple here!

Jun 07, 2010

Husband thinks this is delicious, and I do too! I removed the peel and pith in the same manner that you peel a pineapple. This cuts out the bitterness. I added a splash of bottled lemon juice. I tripled it and added the zest of two whole lemons. I added the entire peel of half of one lemon.


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  • Calories
  • 112 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 32.7 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 14%
  • Protein
  • 0.9 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 9 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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