Fair-Style Lemon Shake Ups

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“The State Fair food version of this recipe involves a lot of sugar, (1/2 cup per portion, perhaps?) This is cut down a bit and yet they are still sweet and juicy, with a syrup that infuses the whole drink with sweet lemonade flavor. Cooking time does not include chilling time. From Saveur Magazine.”
2 drinks

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup water
  • 14 cup sugar
  • 2 lemons
  • 2 cups ice cubes, plus extra for serving as necessary
  • 1 cup ice water


  1. Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small saucepan. Boil for five minutes or until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Juice 1 1/2 lemons, reserving the fourth lemon half.
  3. Stir the lemon juice into the sugar syrup; you will have about 1 cup.
  4. Chill the lemon syrup in the fridge.
  5. Blend the ice in a blender or food processor until it is crushed.
  6. Put half the crushed ice in a cocktail shaker, along with half the chilled lemon syrup (about 1/2 cup), along with 1/2 cup ice water. Shake vigorously for a couple minutes, then dump the whole mixture , including the ice,, into a tall glass.
  7. Repeat with the remaining ice, syrup, and ice water for the second shake up.
  8. Cut the remaining lemon half into four slices and add two slices to each glass. Sip and enjoy!

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