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Summer and lemonade go hand in hand. To celebrate summer, it is lemonade week here at RMK this week. Now, my personal favorite lemonade is from Chick-fil-a. Recently, my BBFF (best blogging friend forever) Melissa from Stockpiling Moms had the opportunity to visit the Chick-fil-a corporate headquarters and learn how to make their lemonade. When I found out she has the recipe from Chick-fil-a, I had to give it a try. So, I was thinking it was the perfect way to begin lemonade week.
Personally, I order the diet version from Chick-fil-a which they make using Splenda. They make the original lemonade with good old sugar. Either way you make it, it is delish! Thanks for sharing with me Melissa!
- SUNKIST LEMONS (THAT IS WHAT CHICK-FIL-A USES)
- GRANULATED SUGAR (OR SPLENDA FOR THE DIET VERSION)
- 8–10 Sunkist lemons (that is what Chick-fil-a uses)
- 1 cup granulated sugar (or Splenda for the diet version)
- 5 1/3 cups water
- Juice lemons so you end up with 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
- Add lemon juice to a pitcher and whisk with the sugar until sugar is dissolved.
- Add water and whisk until well combined.
- Refrigerate until nice and cold. Enjoy!
- Serves 4-6.
Recipe adapted from Stockpiling Moms.
So excited to try this! With both of my pregnancies I have craved that stuff (usually on Sunday’s when they’re closed).
This recipe is very good. Much better than the previous one that I tried. Everyone’s taste is different, but the nice thing is that you can tweak it until you have what you like.
BBFF? Are we still in high school?
I used large lemons from Costco, comes in 5 lb bag. Using an efficient electric juicer to collect every drop, 4 1/2 lemons = 1.5 cups of juice. Produced enough juice from 5 lb. bag of lemons for three batches of lemonade.
I read comment about 1c of Splenda being too much. I tried 1/2 c, 3/4 c, then 1 c of Splenda. Without a doubt a full cup tasted most like CFA’s. Using large CFA Styrofoam cup, homemade recipe makes 2.5 servings and costs about $1 each vs. $2.24 (incl. tax) at local CFA.
We love lemonade and I’m anxious to try your proportions. When making sweetened drinks, I like to make a simple syrup with 1 cup of the water and 1 cup of sugar and chill it before adding to the rest of the ingredients. I also make lemonade “ice cubes” so the cubes don’t melt and dilute the lemonade.
I buy the gallons from chick fil a all the time. This recipe is closest I’ve been able to find. For all those saying chick fil a has pasteurized lemonade that is not true. If you buy a gallon of lemonade is says in big letters “not pasteurized”.
Thank you for sharing this recipe- it is delicious!
I took a tour at Chick Fil A and saw how they made the lemonade. It Is NOT pasteurized lemonade. Idk where you get your info from but it’s incorrect.
The lemons will juice better if they are room temperature. Roll them on the counter before you cut them and it will be easier to get the juice out.
Even better if you put them 20 seconds in the Microwave!
Do you use the same amount of Splenda as sugar if you want to make the sugar free version?
Yes, Splenda measures the same as sugar- don’t use the packets!
I work at Chick-fil-A and we use much less splenda than sugar volume-wise. Using an entire cup of splenda might make it way too sweet.
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A recipe is just the ingredients used to make a dish. That’s great that your mom used the same one. For others who are curious about the measurements or particulars of something they would like to make, this post is very helpful. Don’t be so condescending.
how in the world is this a chick-fil-a recipe??? I grew up drinking home made lemonade and this recipe is how my mother made it a long time ago..( I’m 73 ) everybody knew how to make this.. Just shows you how much people today depend on someone else making the food they eat and drink…..
Just tried this with our kids and a huge success! Best Lemonade ever will absolutely make again. Thanks for sharing.
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The water should be ice cold, we actually put ice in it and keep it in the fridge till time to poor into the lemon juice sugar mix.
Love my chick fil a lemonade!
Yep, Melissa is right. Chick Fil A’s lemonade is fresh squeezed, every day. I used to work there and made it myself many times =)
Theirs is pasteurized though
Chick-fil-A does NOT use pasteurized lemonade. Please ask for a back stage tour of your local Chick-fil-A or for them to demonstrate their lemonade to you. They have a team member in the kitchen cutting lemons in half, juicing them and following the steps on this site. I have witnessed it myself. Their lemonade is the best ever and it is because it is not pasteurized.
Abby, where did you get this information?
It is the best ever!
Love and Hugs,
Yum! I really like lemonade. I’ve never had it from that restaurant but looking forward to trying out the recipe!