Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Lemon Shake-Up

Who’s loving summer?  Yeah, me too!

Who thinks it’s been ridiculously hot.  Yeah, me too.

Who is always on the lookout for a refreshing drink that’s easy to make?  Yeah, me too.

Today I want to share with you one of Nate and I’s summer favorites.  The Lemon Shake-Up.


I had not experienced the wonders of the Lemon Shake-Up until I met Nate.  That husband of mine is good for so many things.

Is your mouth watering now and you’re wondering how to make this delicious concoction? Well, you’re in luck.  I will share our super secret recipe with you. Don’t let the simple ingredients fool you. So good.  And very low calorie!

Here’s what you’ll need…


Lemon Shake-Up Ingredients (1 serving):

  • 1/4 cup Splenda or sugar
  • 14 oz water
  • 1/2 lemon
  • ice

The secret ingredient is the water. Bahaha.


1. Squeeze lemon juice into a container with a lid.  (You will be shaking it later.)  Use a utensil to muddle the lemon in the bottom of the container. Muddle is a fancy word for mush.  Nate taught me that.  It’s important to get all of that juicy goodness out.

2. Add water and ice.

3. Add Splenda (or sugar)

4. Shake!!  Make sure your lid is on tight!  Singing that “Shake It Like a Polaroid Picture” song is optional.


5.  Check with the dog to make sure it’s ready.


6. Enjoy!


What’s your go-to summer drink?  Who’s sweating to death? Who else thinks muddle is a funny word?


  1. You're either going to love me or hate me for this, but we do this very same thing at the lake in a huge pickle jar...with VODKA. It's called making a baby. No muddling, I kid you not.

    Oh my... it's wonderful!!!

    1. making a baby LOL! it does sound extra good with a little vodka hmmm

  2. I love lemon shake ups! its the first thing I get every year at the festival in town. Thank you for the recipe girly. I am sharing my favorite summer drink this Friday!!

  3. My boyfriend makes a big pitcher of this stuff during the summertime - so good!

  4. I'm a sweet tea girl. Unfortunately, I actually don't like citrus flavors... at all. I dont like things that are tart. I know. I'm wierd and people look at me like I have a third eye when i say that I dont like basics like lemonade, but there it is.

  5. Looks good! I will have to add vodka to this!

  6. I love how all of us boozers are like "I'll be adding vodka to this recipe". My best friend always adds sweet tea vodka to lemonade. It's like a party in your mouth.

  7. That looks delicious. Also? You are becoming a fancy food photographer. Those are lovely photos, you should be proud.

    My favorite summer drink is a mojito, which also involves muddling. Oh so delicious!

  8. This looks so delicious! Count me in... that is, after I get my own shaking vessel.

  9. Looks good to me! I own an obscene amount of shakers for some odd reason, so at our 3rd of July picnic, I may be making mocktails like this for me & my other preggo friends while my other shakers are being put to use.

    PS I am soooo diggin the collage and labeled pics! They look great. Very pinnable :)

  10. Yum! I am going to have to try this one!

  11. Twinings Cold Brewed Iced Tea in the Mint Green Tea flavor has become the new staple drink for my boyfriend and me. (Well, non-alcoholic that is!) It's so good and is so easy since you don't even have to boil water. Yeah, talk about lazy... We'll just fill a pitcher with water, add 4 teabags, wait 5 minutes and then add some ice. We go sometimes go through 2 pitchers a day on the weekend!

    This looks great though, and I love the idea of adding vodka! I've been on a lemon kick lately, and this would fit right in.

    Here are a few of the lemon treats I've been whipping up:
    Lemon Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

    Lemon Blueberry Butter Cakes

    Lemon Blueberry Muffins

  12. Ahh, I LOVE lemonade like this. I just like lemon water. I'm a lemon addict, but had to stop recently as I think I had too many and became allergic! It gives me severe dry patches on my face!! Grr... missing my lemons.

  13. When do you add the vodka?

    Seriously, we are so cheap that this is pretty much exactly what we drink at restaurants- "DIY Lemonade:" water with lemon, please, and a sugar packet.

    1. Ditto to Kelly! We always order just water. Cheap cheap. This looks yummy!

  14. Sounds delicious! It's just missing vodka... ;)

  15. I always get Lemon Shake Ups at carnivals. yummm. Although I'm sure theirs use about 50 times more sugar than this. haha.

    Next time I hit the store, totally getting lemons and a shake-able container to whip some of these up. mmm

    I'm diggin the vodka addition suggestions, too... my mom would be alll over that. She always wants to add vodka to those McDonald's strawberry lemonades. She's such a lush ;) (totally kidding)

  16. White wine ... that's my summer drink of choice, red in the winter. But this sounds good, too. :)

  17. Love all of it's different flavors..and yes....especially with a little vodka....around 3 in the afternoon...while the kids are destroying the game room!!!

  18. Shake-shake-shake. Shake-shake-shaake. Shake ya booty, bam..

  19. I don't understand how this is any different than lemonade?

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