Owen's Lemonade Recipe

  • 1 cup simple syrup, cooled - (mix equal parts granulated sugar with water and stir over low heat until the sugar is dissolved) - Owen sometimes adds lemon zest to the sugar and water when we heat it, to make a lemon infused simple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, strained
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • Around 3 cups of cold water, adjusted for desired intensity

We then adjust the taste with adding more simple syrup, lemon juice, and/or water until it tastes just right.

Serve over ice, or for an extra treat, use a few frozen berries in place of some of the ice.

Message from Owen's Mom:
I still supervise cutting the lemons and making the simple syrup, but he does most of it himself now.  We've started keeping a jar of simple syrup in the fridge so it's chilled and ready to go when he gets the mood to set up another lemonade stand.  Usually his process is to go pick a bag of lemons off the tree, then bring them inside and wash them.  If we're making simple syrup, he'll zest some of the lemons (or ask me to help), and we add a tablespoon or so of lemon zest to the sugar and water.  Together, we make the simple syrup, then I pour it into a jar and set the jar in a bowl of ice to cool off while he starts juicing the lemons.  He can now cut the lemons in half himself, and then juices the lemons by hand using a plastic juicer/reamer with a measuring bowl under it.  Depending on the size of the lemons, it usually takes around 5 or 6 to get a cup of juice. If the simple syrup is cooled, we then carefully combine one cup of the syrup with one cup of the lemon juice, then we add about 3 cups of water and his pinch of salt.  Owen stirs it together, and we sample it to make sure it has the right taste, and make adjustments as needed.  He tends to like his lemonade on the sour side, but he usually makes it a little sweeter than he prefers since most people like it sweeter. We often have frozen berries on hand, and he's occasionally added a few in to make pink lemonade.

Tickets & Special Offers

Ocean Voyager Webcam

Whale shark research

Visit our online Gift Shop

Find Whale Shark plush toys, t-shirts and more!