David Shamah’s Back Porch Diet Lemonade

Lemonade is the most refreshing nonalcoholic drink I know. Because it is so easy to drink gallons of it, and so much sweetness is necessary to balance the lemon juice, my friend David has come up with an excellent solution.

This is the only time I use a sugar substitute for anything. But the lovely, fresh flavor of freshly squeezed lemon juice overrides it.

I make this so often in the summer I keep the recipe on the refrigerator door.

volume ounces grams
lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 6 to 8 lemons) 1 liquid cup
cold water 4 liquid cups
15 packets* Equal (NutraSweet) 2 tablespoons 0.5 ounce 15 grams
6⅛-inch-thick lemon slices (cut from the center section of 1 lemon)

*Or for nondietetic lemonade, ¾ cup (5.25 ounces/150 grams) superfine sugar.


In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, water and Equal and stir until the powder is dissolved. Add the lemon slices.

To serve, place a few ice cubes in each glass and pour the lemonade over them. Use tongs to place a lemon slice in each glass.