Auntie’s Orange Lemonade

My aunt made this for me when I was visiting Lebanon in 2003. It was hot hot hot, even up on the mountain. I think she could see how much I wanted something more than the Tang-like powdered mango drink they kept feeding us. She got a whole bunch of oranges, lemons and a knife and set to work.



5 lb bag oranges
3 lb bag lemons
2 cups sugar

Wash and cut up lemons and oranges into small pieces–rinds on. Put them in a huge bowl with the sugar over the top. Stick your hands in there and squeeze all the fruit. Let it sit on the counter for an hour. Remove rinds, squeezing out any remaining juice. Fish out seeds or strain. Mix well. Refrigerate. Serve cold.

Shawna Ayoub

Shawna Ayoub is an essayist, fiction writer, poet and instructor with an MFA in creative writing from Indiana University. Some of her work has been published in The Manifest-Station, Role Reboot, [wherever], The Huffington Post, The Oxford Review and Exit 7. Her writing explores the intersections of race, place and survivorship. She writes with honesty about her own experience in order to transform pain.

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  1. Thank you, Russell! Next week it should be the exact right weather for this drink. You can guess what was in my grocery cart this morning. 🙂

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