County Fair Lemonade

  • 1 lemon (only 1/2 will be used)
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 heaping cups ice chips or small cubes
  • 1 drinking glass water
    (approximately 12 ounces)

Use an orange or lime in place of lemon.

Sharp knife • Cutting board • Plastic bag (1) (gallon size) • Measuring cups (1 cup, 1/3 cup) • Knife (for leveling) • Spoon (large wooden) • Container with tight fitting lid (1 1/2 quart size minimum) • Glasses (12 ounce size and 32 ounce size)


Slice half lemon in half. (This makes 2 quarters.)


Put lemon pieces (2 quarters) into plastic bag.


Press down hard several times on lemon pieces to remove juice and release some of the oils in the peel.


Pour lemon peel and juice into large container that has a tight fitting lid.


Pour 1/3 cup sugar into container.


Press lemon pieces and sugar with wooden spoon to blend.


Add 2 heaping cups ice chips. (If you don’t have ice chips, put ice cubes in 2 gallon-size plastic bags and place on a hard surface such as a sidewalk or outside surface. Tap plastic bag gently with a hammer to break the ice into ice chips.)


Add glass of water to container.


Put lid on container tightly.


Shake 30 times vigorously up and down.


Pour into large (approximately 32 ounce) drinking glass.

Big Al’s lemonade stand is at practically every festival in east central Illinois. This is Big Al’s recipe and it is by far the best I’ve ever tasted! He has a special piece of equipment that squeezes the peel and causes the oils to be released. The oils are essential to the flavor.


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