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L is for Lemonade | Cooking The Alphabet | Cooking With Kids | Easy Toddler Snacks

Hi, I’m Amber, and I’m cooking the alphabet with my two toddlers!

Illustrated lemon background with text saying "Baby Cooks The Alphabet - Cook the alphabet and create a handmade recipe scrapbook! Lemonade”

Today we’re making lemonade!

I’ve never made homemade lemonade not from a powder before, and I was shocked at how much better this tasted! If you’re doing this with your kids, you’re going to want to make a simple syrup the day before so it has time to cool.

What you need:

  1. Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar

  • 1 cup water for simple syrup

  • Additional 7 cups water for lemonade

  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)

  1. Tools: Pitcher, stirring spoon

A 3-year-old uses scissor to snip off the ends of a green bean.
My 3-year-old stirring the lemonade.

The day before:

Make your simple syrup by combing sugar with 1 cup water in a saucepan and bringing to a boil. Stir until all sugar is dissolved, let cool, then put in the refrigerator to chill.

Getting The Kids Cooking:

Set-up tasks your toddler can help with include:

  • Grabbing kitchen tools

  • Grabbing ingredients

Then the fun part comes:

  • Have your kiddo squeeze as many lemons as they can into a small dish

  • Let them help you strain big pieces of pulp and seeds from their squeezed lemon

  • Combine lemon juice, simple syrup and remaining water into a pitcher and stir. You may want to start by adding half the syrup and water and continuing to add each until you reach your preferred sweetness.

We didn't end up adding all of the simple syrup because we like it on the tart side...okay, I like it on the tart side, because I mostly made this for myself! My 3-year-old didn't want to taste it, she just wanted to stir it, but as always, my 1-year-old loved it!

Remember to take photos of your little chef squeezing and stirring!

Now that the kids had fun, it's mama's turn!

Let's assemble the L page in our Baby Eats The Alphabet Recipe Book!

What you need:

Of course, we recommend purchasing a Baby Eats The Alphabet kit, which will have everything you need to create your recipe book keepsake (except the photos of your little ones), but honestly, the point is to create a beautiful book of your memories - which you can with: printed photos, paper (we recommend paper at least 8.5" x 8.5" so you can fit a photo plus the recipe!), double-sided tape, any fun embellishments you want like stickers, washi tape, or photo protectors, and something to hold your pages, like binder or scrapbook!

Write your recipe:

Use a small piece of paper to write down the recipe you used, and any memorable notes you want to record.

Pick your photos and lay everything out:

Before applying any tape, I recommend you lay out all of your elements to make sure everything fits and you like how it looks. Once you're happy with it, tape everything down, starting with the bottom layer first! And here's how mine turned out:

I would love to see what you decided to cook and create for L is for Lemon! Please tag me in your creations @BabyEatsTheAlphabet!
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