This Is Beyoncé’s Actual Lemonade Recipe
In case you’re a cave dweller who hasn’t looked at the Internet for the past two days, Beyoncé released an hour-long visual album called Lemonade on HBO on Saturday, and people have been losing their minds about it.
While the title of the special was a metaphorical nod to the old saying of “making lemonade out of lemons” (in this case referring not-so-subtly to infidelity and marital strife), there was one actionable bit of info subtly planted in the middle of the emotional rollercoaster: her actual family lemonade recipe.
“Take one pint of water,” she begins in a sultry voice during one of the spoken word interludes. “Add a half-pound of sugar, the juice of 8 lemons, and the zest of half of a lemon. Pour the water from one jug into the other several times, strain through a clean napkin.”
Sounds simple enough, right?
Beyoncé herself even celebrated the debut of the special with a glass of lemonade (though it’s not clear if she followed this particular recipe), with her mother Tina Lawson taking to Instagram to announce her pride.
“Toast to lemonade❤️,” Lawson captioned one of the photos. “B worked so hard on this project day and night! It was soo important to her to offer something that would bring about healing and hope to the universe! No matter what you’ve gone thru in life you can always come out on the other side!”
And look! We even tried it out ourselves in the office…and it was delicious.
Follow the recipe below and you too can sip like Queen Bey all summer long.
Beyoncé’s Family Lemonade
½ lb. sugar (1 cup)
Zest of half a lemon
Juice of 8 lemons
In a pitcher, add 2 cups water, sugar, and the lemon zest and juice. Transfer to a separate pitcher and pour back and forth until everything is combined, about 10 times. Strain through a clean napkin and serve over ice.
—Shay Spence, @chezspence