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Appalachia Through My Eyes – Granny’s Lemonade

pitcher of lemonade
The past week has been hot here in western NC. It’s felt more like late July than early June. When it comes to things to drink I’m pretty boring, hardly ever straying from my sweet tea, water, coffee, or milk. But hot summer days always take me back to bare feet, slamming screen doors, and Granny’s Lemonade.

She didn’t make it often but when she did it made the day seem extra special and a little cooler too. A few summers ago I called her and asked for the recipe. She said “Lord I don’t have a recipe. Just bring some sugar and water to a boil; cut some lemons and put them in your pitcher; pour the sugar water over them; fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water; and let it sit a while.”


Appalachia Through My Eyes – A series of photographs from my life in Southern Appalachia.


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    Ray Presley
    July 25, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Granny’s lemonade reminds me of church meetings that went on most of the day on certain Sundays. My cousins and I would “founder” ourselves, sometimes actually get sick, on sweets and lemonade that looked just like Granny’s, with the thick-sliced lemons

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    June 7, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Ahhh, took me back to my childhood of creaky screen doors while it slammed behind us. Mom would shout out, “don’t let it slam”, with 4 kids she was probably tired of that sound. Yummy lemonade, sandwiches and the picnic table out back with Mom. I’ve not made homemade lemonade in forever. Thanks for the reminder and memories.

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    Vicki Lane
    June 6, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    My mouth is watering …

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    Miss Cindy
    June 6, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Tipper, I like lemonade but for some reason, unknown to me at the moment, I never make it. I’m more boring than you when it comes to beverages. I drink water and jasmine tea with honey.
    That’s about it.
    But the idea of home made lemonade on a hot day sounds wonderful.

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    June 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    you know sometimes I wonder if they had recipes for anything. I bet the lemonade was good.

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    Nancy Wigmore
    June 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Thanks for sharing Tipper. Lemonade made from scratch like that just can’t be beat. Reminds me of my Aunt Nellie’s recipe. She made the best lemonade. Whenever we would visit in the summertime a cold glass of lemonade sure tasted good. Have a great day! Thanks again for the sweet memories! Prayerfully, Nancy

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    lynn legge
    June 6, 2011 at 2:36 am

    hiya tipper.. i love lemonade, and will have to get some lemons and make myself some soon 🙂
    your granny was a smart cookie .. and im so glad you have so many memories and things to share.. you really brighten my days .. sending big ladybug hugs

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    Suzi Phillips
    June 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    I feel cooler already!

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    June 5, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    There is a fresh pitcher of sweet tea/iced tea in the fridge, just like when I was a kid. If you slice a lemon in half and microwave it for a minute or two you will get more juice and flavor from it.

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    B. Ruth
    June 5, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    Hey Tipper,
    That’s for sure the way my mountain Granny made her lemonade as well as my Mom….except Mom squeesed a little of the juice out of part of the lemons before adding the boiling sugar syrup…
    After it sits awhile, a full glass of ice, lemonade and a mint sprig…and you’re good to go or sit and rock…ha
    Have to admit that I love my ice tea made about the same steeped tea, pour over the sugar, stir to a syrup, add water to make the gallon…yummmm!
    Broke a record here today..96 degrees…ouch..poor cucumbers!

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    June 5, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    I love making fruity cold drinks on hot summer days. I made blackberry tea today & plan to add fresh mint the next time I make it. Lemonade is high on our list of favorites & I keep fresh lemons to add slices to our southern sweet tea. Delicious!

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    June 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Thanks for the “recipe”; I’ll have to try this.

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    June 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    That ‘slamming screen doors’ part
    I can relate to. Love Granny’s way
    of throwing things together to make something taste good. There is just no replacement for experience. Who needs a receipe!!
    If you don’t get enough sugar in
    the lemonade, just boil a little
    more sugar-water, and if that’s too sweet, add more ice cubes…

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    Elizabeth K
    June 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Love lemonade and make it from scratch just about the same way!

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    June 5, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Wish I had a glass now! We’re already having temps of 100 and over. No telling what July and Aug. will be like. Will try Granny’s recipe. Sounds simple enough and good.

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    Barbara Johnson
    June 5, 2011 at 10:45 am

    The best things to eat, or in this case drink, never have a recipe!

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    Sheryl Paul
    June 5, 2011 at 10:16 am

    That sounds so good! I’m pretty much stuck with water, coffee and sweet tea too.

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    canned quilter
    June 5, 2011 at 10:05 am

    Granny sounds like my kind of cook : )

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    June 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Mmmmm, homemade lemonade is one of my favorites. I’ve never boiled the water before. I just squeezed the juice from the lemon and added sugar and water. I’ll have to try the boiling water method and see if it’s better.
    Love me some lemonade!

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    June 5, 2011 at 8:53 am

    The simplicity of a cold glass of lemonade on a hot, summer day; it just doesn’t get any better!

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    June 5, 2011 at 8:29 am

    this is the prettiest lemonade i ever saw. and have never heard of this way of making lemonade. we always just squeezed the lemons in the water. i bet this is delicious. now if i just had some lemons.

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    Janice MacDaniels
    June 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

    mmmmm I can hear the cicades and the screen door slammin’ and I can taste that refreshingly cool lemonade. Delightful!

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    Patty Hall
    June 5, 2011 at 8:18 am

    MMm! Love lemonade. I started to buy a bag of lemons the other day to make some. Now I”ll have to do that.
    Patty H.

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