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A classic at so many fairs and festivals, the County Fair Lemon Shake-Up. Such a simple delicious drink that tastes like summer.

ball jar with water sugar and lemons, whole lemons and paper straws

One of my all-time favorite things to get at our county fair is the Lemon Shake-Ups, well the county fair, state fair, and really any small-town festival. They are fresh, tart, and sugary. They always make me smile.

County Fair Lemon Shake-Up

ball jar with water sugar and lemons, whole lemons and paper straws

It is so amazing how 4 simple ingredients put in a classic ball jar can evoke so much happiness. These are a must-have when I see them at fairs and festivals and so easy to make at home!

Gather Your Equipment and Ingredients

Equipment

  • 1 quart size jar per recipe with a lid or equal size glass with a tight sealing lid-we are going to shake shake shake so you want something that won’t leak!
  • muddler or wooden spoon-I love my wooden muddler, it was fairly inexpensive and has lasted for years.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ice
  • water

How To Make A County Fair Lemon Shake-Up

  • Place 1/4 cup of sugar in your jar or glass that can be fitted with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Wash your lemon (we are using the rind and all for this recipe) and then cut the lemon into quarters and drop them in your jar.
  • Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon you want to mash and stir the lemons in the sugar. This will release the oils in the rind and juice the lemon pulp.
  • Now fill the jar with ice, cubes, or crushed, either works great.
  • Now fill your jar with water, leaving an inch or so at the top for toom to shake. Place the lid on tight and shake!
  • Keep shaking.
  • Shake some more.
  • Shake well to combine and distribute the lemon sugary goodness and until the sugar is mostly dissolved, this usually that’s 30 seconds to a minute.
  • Remove the lid, garnish with an extra lemon slice if you like, add a straw and enjoy your County Fair Lemon Shake-Up.
  • Bonus: If you are of age you can always add a shot of your favorite liquor. A flavored vodka is my personal favorite.

Tips, Tricks, Questions, and Comments

I am somewhat of a jar hoarder so I always have plenty on hand. But you are not my personal favorite for this recipe are the wide-mouth jars. They are readily available at places like Walmart, Target, or Meijer and are easy to order through Amazon. But honestly, any jar with a tight-fitting lid will work as long as you measure or adjust ingredient amounts to match your jar size.

These would be a fun addition to any party or get-together. You could pre-measure the jars with sugar, and set out a bowl of quartered lemons. Have an ice bucket full of ice and a big pitcher of water and you have an instant Lemon Shake-Up Bar.

Add a fun array of straws and some lemon slices for garnish! What a fun idea for any occasion.

If you are so inclined you could use a simple syrup instead of straight sugar. My only advice might be that while the sugar will obviously be less, for lack of a better description, raw and gritty, I will say that using just sugar works to help muddle the lemons. An abrasive surface, if you will to help extract the oils from the rind and juice from the pulp.

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County Fair Lemon Shake-Up

A refreshing simple 4 ingredient freshly made lemonade just like you get at your county fair or a festival.
4.91 from 10 votes
Calories 193 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 quart size jar with a lid or equal size glass with a tight sealing lid
  • muddler or wooden spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 1 whole lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • ice
  • water

Instructions
 

  • Add 1/4 cup of sugar to your jar or glass
    Ball jar with wooden muddler sugar and quartered lemon
  • Wash your lemon (we are using the rind and all for this recipe) and then cut the lemon into quarters and drop in your jar or glass
    ball jar with quartered lemon sugar and wooden muddler
  • Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon – mash and stir the lemon into the sugar – releasing the oils in the rind and juicing the lemon and pulp
    County Fair Lemonade Shake-Up from Farmwife Feeds is a simple fresh lemon drink that tastes like summer. #lemonade #fair #summerdrink
  • Fill the jar with ice, crushed ice if you are feeling extra boujee
    County Fair Lemonade Shake-Up from Farmwife Feeds is a simple fresh lemon drink that tastes like summer. #lemonade #fair #summerdrink
  • Now fill your jar or glass with water, leaving an inch or so at the top for room to shake. Now place the lid on tight and shake well to combine and distribute the lemon sugar goodness. Keep shaking until the sugar dissolves, usually 30-45 seconds
    County Fair Lemonade Shake-Up from Farmwife Feeds is a simple fresh lemon drink that tastes like summer. #lemonade #fair #summerdrink
  • Remove the lid, garnish with a slice of lemon if you like, add a straw and enjoy your County Fair Lemon Shake-Up
    County Fair Lemonade Shake-Up from Farmwife Feeds is a simple fresh lemon drink that tastes like summer. #lemonade #fair #summerdrink
  • If you are of age you can always add a shot of your favorite liquor – a flavored vodka is my personal favorite

Notes

Nutrition values are calculated without the addition of alcohol.

Nutrition

Calories: 193kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 0.01gFat: 0.2gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 2mgFiber: 0.03gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 0.2IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 0.04mg

Nutrition values are estimates, for exact values consult a nutritionist.

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4 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thanks so much! I used to make these as a teenager, but wasn’t sure of the ratio of sugar to lemon anymore. 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    we went to the south county fair in west palm beach,fl.
    I was so excited to have my fresh squeeze Lemonade, it was delicious and It came in a shaker cup.
    I just made Your Lemonade and it’s amazing.
    I put a 1/4 cup of splenda, lemon🍋 ,water and lots of ice.
    thank you so much for the recipe, I can enjoy my Lemonade at anytime m.