Are you a fan of Chick-fil-A’s frozen lemonade? This copycat recipe will have you hooked. It’s a fun and easy summer drink to make for kids or for teens. Use your blender to make this homemade refreshing beverage for one, or make the whole batch and split it four ways.
- 1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, roughly 12 lemons (355 ml)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (149g)
- 2 cups filtered water (473 ml)
- 8 cups good-quality vanilla ice cream (1.9 liters)
- Rinse and halve 12 room-temperature lemons. Squeeze the juice with a hand juicer. If needed, strain the seeds and any large pieces of pulp out of the juice.
- Stir together the freshly squeezed juice and the sugar in a large pitcher with a long-handled wooden spoon. Stir in the water, then taste. The lemonade should be tart, since the ice cream added later will sweeten it.
- Use it right away, or refrigerate for an hour until it’s cold.
- In a blender, add two cups of vanilla ice cream and a little more than 3/4 cup of the homemade lemonade to get twice as much ice cream as lemonade.
- Put the lid on the blender and blend for a few seconds, being careful not to overdo it. The drink should be a pale yellow and should be thick enough to hold up a straw, and should taste more like lemonade then ice cream. If necessary, add more ice cream for thickness, or lemonade for tartness.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy with a pretty paper straw. Repeat until all four glasses are made.
- Make one glass at a time to get the thickness right.
- If necessary, you can freeze any leftovers. Just let it thaw for 20 minutes at room temperature, then stir until smooth.
- Substitutions for the freshly squeezed lemonade will compromise the taste.
- Since they’re easier to squeeze, room-temperature vs. chilled lemons will yield more juice.
- Resist the urge to add too much sugar; tart is the best for this recipe.
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: frozen lemonade, copycat, chick-fil-a