Posted by: Erica Retrochef | September 10, 2012

Hot Buttered Lemonade

Buzz likes to make lemonade from scratch, preferably with real lemons but (in a pinch) with real lemon juice, at least. It’s a refreshing drink on a hot day, although you’ll never be able to drink lemonade-from-mix again. (Which isn’t necessarily a huge loss…)

Anyway, he dug up this recipe for… a refreshing drink on a cold day?

Hot Buttered Lemonade

In a slow electric crockery cooker combine 9 cups hot water, 1-3/4 cups sugar, 1 tablspoon shredded lemon peel, and 1-1/2 cups lemon juice. Cover and heat on low-heat setting for 4 to 6 hours. Pour into mugs; top each with 1 teaspoon of butter. Makes 12 (8-ounce) servings.


Right now, this looks like a very standard lemonade ensemble. It won’t get weird until we add heat.

Even with a lot of effort, though…

… you don’t get a lot of juice out of just one lemon. (That’s why the bottled lemon juice is here, to add volume.)

You can get plenty of zest — just over a tablespoon — from one lemon, though.

Dump all the juice, sugar, and grated peel into a crock pot.

Add plenty of water. See that lovely pale lemon yellow color?

Whoa, apparently a few hours of simmering turned it beige-orange!

With a pat of butter on top, this is ready to serve. (Whether your guests are ready for it is a completely different question, outside the scope of this blog…)

This was a bit odd, but not really bad. It tasted a lot like lemon tea… with butter on top? Actually, the butter was not really a prominent flavor at all, although I think it added some necessary depth. I would really enjoy this if I had a mild cold and wanted to warm up. I can’t, however, picture serving this at a party, or to more than a few people at a time. As soon as it cooled off, it was pretty yucky.

Maybe if you spiked it with rum…

Recipe scanned from Better Homes and Gardens’ 1975 “So-Good Meals” Cookbook, and brought to the internet by diptutod on Flickr.



  1. Basically this is a hot toddy, yes, spiked with rum would be good, for when you had a cold!

  2. This sounds good to me. But I am a big fan of the Hot Toddy.

  3. Definitely a recipe from the butter promoter people. You could add a tablespoon or two of flour, some salt and pepper and then have a lemon sauce…

  4. This sounds tasty, as a matter of fact. Maybe a comforting drink for cold winter days or for when you’re feeling poorly

  5. My mum made us something like this but with spices to make it mulled its really good that way.

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