Grilled Lemonade – The Stay At Home Chef

When we first heard about grilled lemonade, we were immediately interested in trying it. We immediately fell in love with its deep flavor. Don’t be fooled, it doesn’t resemble a burnt lemon at all. Grilling the citrus fruit brings out its natural flavors, and adding a little sugar before placing it over the flame means you’ll also get a hint of caramel in the final results. It’s less tart than the classics and has a fuller lemon flavor. In other words, you have to try it!

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Why did you prescribe us?

  • A unique twist on lemonade that will absolutely blow you away.
  • Adds smoky, caramelized flavors and more lemon zest.

A glass of grilled lemonade with a straw.

Whenever the temperature rises, we find ourselves craving a glass of fresh, ice-cold lemonade! We can all agree that the homemade version is so much better than the store-bought one. And it’s so easy to make! Impress your guests with this homemade grilled lemonade at your next gathering!

Ingredient Notes

Grilled lemonade ingredients are laid out on the table.
  • Lemon: Start by cutting the lemon in half, then dip the cut side in a little sugar.
  • water: It’s up to you to decide how much water and ice you want to add! If you like a stronger citrus taste, use less water.
  • sugar: Dipping the lemons in sugar creates the deep, rich caramel we’re looking for. Sugar is best for sticking to the lemons. Other sweeteners like honey will simply drip off the lemons. You don’t have to add sugar to the lemons, but I highly recommend it.

Broiler chicken alternative

If you don’t have access to a gas or charcoal grill, you can also use an oven broiler. Each oven works a little differently in terms of whether you place the broiler in the main oven or in a drawer underneath. In either case, the broiler setting is top-to-bottom heat. You can think of it as a kind of inverted broiler. If you’re working with a broiler, follow the same steps as in the recipe, but place the cut side up instead of down.

A pitcher of grilled lemonade.

Other ways to use grilled lemons

Once you remove the grilled lemons from the heat, let them cool for 5-10 minutes. Now you can squeeze them into your grilled lemon juice! There are a few more steps you need to take to turn it into something drinkable, but you can also use the smoked and burnt juice for other things! Consider adding it to marinades or even baked goods for a unique citrus flavor.

Freezing instructions

If you want to make this recipe for later, you can freeze this unique drink. Follow the instructions on the recipe card below, but be sure not to add any water now. You can place the roasted lemon concentrate in a freezer-safe bag. Place it in the freezer, where it will keep for 3-4 months. When you’re ready to drink it, let it thaw overnight, then add water to taste.

Storage Instructions

This drink is best enjoyed cold, of course!

cooling In an airtight container for up to five to seven days.

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