This is just a ratio thing type recipe that is darn useful—a simple lemonade one glass at a time. You can make regular or raspberry lemonade. Use regular sugar or Splenda to decrease the calories by 170 calories per glass.
I wanted a low-calorie lemonade that I can mix one glass at a time with what I have on hand. I have been using this recipe for almost two years now.
This post just seems stupid to me. It is just way too simple. You should be able to find this ratio on the Splenda website, but it is not there. 1 part granular Splenda to 2 parts lemon juice to 5 parts water.
Google is no help for the simple ratio I wanted. You must have lemons, club soda, and many other things people put in. Nobody wanted to just tell the ratio of Splenda to ReaLemon to water. How hard could it be?
It is a very nice lemonade. Much better than premade cans.
I suggest 1 part granular Splenda to 2 parts lemon juice to 5 parts water.
I use some of that water ration as ice cubes. One cup of ice cubes will be about ½ to ¾ cup water, but it varies a little since cubes are different sizes and will leave a different amount of space between cubes.
¼ cup granulated Splenda is equal to 6 packets. I believe that different people perceive the sweetness of Splenda differently. So adjust to your taste. Or just use regular sugar.
So let’s do the math:
¼ cup Splenda = 24 cal vs ¼ cup sugar = 194 calories
½ cup RealLemon = 24 calories
the tea and the water we will call zero.
The volume is a bit variable. The ice is probably 4-6 oz of water depending on size so ice cubes and airspace in the cup.
So Regular Lemonade with Splenda will be 48 calories for a total volume of a little over 3 cups.
The Raspberry version with Splenda is 36 calories in a total volume of a little over 2 ½ cups.
If sugar is substituted for Splenda, it adds 170 calories to the above numbers.
¼ cup sugar or Granulated Splenda
½ cup ReaLemon
2 cups water-cold
1 cup of ice cubes
1 Raspberry herbal tea bag
¼ cup Sugar or Granulated Splenda
¼ cup ReaLemon
1 ½ cups water-near boiling
2 cups ice cubes
For the regular lemonade, just mix.
For the raspberry lemonade, first, make the tea in hot water then add the sugar and ice.
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