A closeup of lemon slices.
For The Most Flavorful Lemonade, Start Roasting Your Lemons
By Elaina Friedman
A classic lemonade combines lemon juice, sugar, and water, but if you want to take this recipe a step further, use roasted lemons instead of fresh ones.
When you roast a lemon slice, the sugars in the citrus juice take on a delectable caramelized crunch, creating a flavorful batch of lemons with a subtle hint of smokiness.
For a coveted char, slice the lemons in half and roast them for 20 to 30 minutes between 375 and 400 degrees F or 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes in an air fryer.
If you're not in a rush, you can roast them low and slow by placing the halves in a Dutch oven and covering them with water.
After about an hour and 30 minutes in an oven heated to 375 degrees F, their juices will transform into fragrant golden brown caramelized slices.