My Family’s Homemade Lemonade Recipe and How to Elicit that Correct Production of the L Sound!

Hello everyone and welcome to Bridget’s Speech Kitchen! Today I’ll be sharing my family’s homemade lemonade recipe (made with our homegrown Eureka lemons!) and how to elicit the correct production of the L sound in your child (so they can talk about lemonade all day long)!

I call this the “511 Lemonade” Recipe because the name tells you the amount of each ingredient you’ll need! It’s all about ratios and is super easy to memorize.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cups of cold water (I just use tap water from my kitchen sink)
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (mine is Eureka lemon-lemon juice, but any lemon juice is fine–as long as it’s fresh squeezed! Bottled won’t work for this recipe)
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar (this is just your regular white sugar. You can use a sugar substitute, but it’s just not as good as the “real stuff” for this recipe!)
  • Ice to serve

Recipe

  • Juice your lemons (I use an electric juicer, but any way you juice your lemons will work!) Measure the lemon juice in a container with cup measurements so you know once you have enough.
  • Pour the lemon juice into a large pitcher (I recommend a container that holds AT LEAST 8 cups of liquid).
  • Add the 1 cup of sugar and stir until well-incorporated into the lemon juice.
  • Add 5 cups of cold water. Stir until lemon juice, sugar, and water are all well mixed together.
  • To serve, fill a glass with ice. Pour lemonade into glass and enjoy. 🙂

Why I Love This Recipe

This recipe has been in my family ever since I can remember! My mom taught me how to make this lemonade recipe a LONG time ago and I’ve remembered it ever since. It’s the perfect drink for the summer time and it’s a great use for all of the lemons (we must have at least 100 on the tree) in our backyard! This recipe is great to make with kids too. I’ve dubbed it the “511 Lemonade” recipe so I could have an easy way to remember how much of each ingredient goes into the lemonade–I hope you find this trick handy too when making your own batch! I always use white sugar when making my lemonade. You can use a sugar substitute like Splenda (I have in the past) and while it makes it sweet, it just doesn’t taste AS good as granulated sugar! I also always serve the lemonade over ice–the super cold-ness of the ice just makes it that much more refreshing!

Why This Recipe and and L Sound?

For this recipe, you can repeat the words lemon and lemonade over and over, which makes it an optimal recipe for helping your child practice their L sound!

To make the L sound, your tongue tip needs to be on the alveolar ridge–that’s the technical name for that bump you feel directly behind your front teeth. If your tongue tip isn’t in that position when you go to make the L sound, you’re not going to get an L sound.

I’ve found that the most helpful way to elicit the correct production of the L sound with your child is through modeling and repetition! Once the child has learned the correct tongue position in order to make the L sound, you can continue to help them practice by modeling as much as possible and by repeating the sound as often as you can! Modeling is just a fancy term for showing your child how to do something. You probably model many skills for your child on a daily basis without even knowing it! When you’re making this recipe, you can model that correct pronunciation of the L sound by repeating the words lemon and lemonade as you go along making it. For example, your dialogue using the words lemon and lemonade could look something like this:

“Today we’re going to be making lemonade. That’s right, lemonade! I know you like lemonade… do you want to help me make lemonade? Great! First, we need to juice the lemons for the lemonade. Put the lemon on top of the juicer so we get all the lemon juice we need. We need 1 cup of lemon juice for the lemonade. How much lemon juice do we need? That’s right, 1 cup of lemon juice! Good, pour the lemon juice into the pitcher. Now, we’re going to mix in sugar with the lemon juice. Okay, stir the sugar and lemon juice together! Good! Now we’re going to add water to the lemon juice and sugar to finish making our lemonade. Okay, stir the water in with the lemon juice and sugar! Great, now we have lemonade! Let’s pour the lemonade into the glass! This lemonade looks delicious! Let’s take a sip of our lemonade–what do you think of the lemonade?”

You can see just how many words in this dialogue have the L sound in them! You’d have your child answering questions and commenting throughout this scenario, but this just gives you an idea of how you can model the L sound with a lot of repetition for this recipe while having your child also practicing their L sound while helping you make the lemonade.

If you’re more of a visual person, you can check out my YouTube video on my lemonade recipe and how to make the L sound here! In the video, I go through the recipe step by step and also talk about how to have your child practice the L sound while making this recipe together (with visuals of correct tongue placement).

Thanks for reading–I hope you enjoyed this blog post and test out my lemonade recipe for yourself! My other wish is that if you have a child working on their articulation, specifically their L sound; that you find my tips on how to practice the L sound with them helpful! Until next time, see you later!

Best, Bridget

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