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Lemons? Make Lemonade! {Imusa Citrus Juicer} + giveaway

Our first effort at creating lemonade stand to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was a hit!  We made $28 in a few hours of selling one dollar cups of delicious freshly squeezed lemon goodness.  All proceeds were donated to Alex’s foundation. Our next event will be on Sunday June 12th, the last day of Lemonade Days, the big fundraising push for this awesome charity to help battle childhood cancers.  Please check out my post from Saturday May 14th for more info about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and how you can help.

You may be wondering how we squeezed enough lemons to make five gallons. Well, I used Imusa’s beautiful Gourmet Manual Citrus Juicer. It’s the perfect contraption for old-fashioned fresh pressed fruit juice. I also love the way it looks in my kitchen – classy conversation piece.
I love the way it feels to pull the handle and feel the lemon squish under the weight of the press. It’s easy enough that both my three year old and five year old were able to use it had a great time doing so!

We sold lavender and mint lemonade, our customers were very impressed and we had several repeat buyers.  Here’s my recipe:

Lavender Lemonade

Makes about 25 lemonade stand-sized servings
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups sugar (to taste) – agave or honey also work great!
7 sprigs lavender (stems and buds)
2 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 12 lemons)

Directions
In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 7 lavender sprigs and lemon juice. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.

We substituted fresh mint for a couple batches; you might also try fresh basil or lemon thyme.

The juicer is also great for quick fresh squeezed orange juice to start your day out right.. we love to use blood oranges for their beautiful color and tang. I’ve been using mine nonstop! Visit Imusa to see the various locations Imusa products are sold, and for some great recipe ideas!

WIN

Imusa will kindly give one lucky winner their very own Gourmet Manual Citrus Juicer, with which we hope you will use to make your very own lemonade stand for Alex and other children sadly stricken with cancer.

To enter, simply check out their website and comment here with what you’ll do with your new Citrus Juicer.

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Contest ends May 25, 2011 at Midnight PST. Winner will be chosen by Random.org and emailed.

Special thanks to Imusa for providing a sample for review purposes.

Winner: Andrea D.

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