SUMMER FESTIVAL: A Sip of Victorian Summer: Homemade Lemonade Inspired by The Heiress Swap

Hello, fellow beverage enthusiasts!

The arrival of summer calls for refreshing drinks to quench our thirst, and nothing beats a classic like homemade lemonade – one of my absolute favs! This delightful concoction not only cools us down on the hottest of days but also transports us back to the elegant era of our favorite Victorian heroine, Evie Jenkins from The Heiress Swap.

So, roll up your sleeves and let’s squeeze some lemons!

Victorian-Style Homemade Lemonade Recipe


6 large lemons

1 cup of sugar

4 cups of cold water


Fresh mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


Prepare the lemons: Roll the lemons on the counter with your palm to soften them up, which will make them easier to juice. Cut the lemons in half and squeeze out as much juice as you can. You should end up with about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.

Make the sugar syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool.

Combine everything: In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar syrup, and the remaining 3 cups of cold water. Stir well.

Serve: Pour the lemonade over ice and, if you’re feeling a bit fancy, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.


There you have it – a classic Victorian-inspired homemade lemonade to enjoy in your garden or on a picnic. As you sip this refreshing drink, I hope it takes you back to the elegant world of “The Heiress Swap”.

Remember, much like Evie Jenkins, we too can experience the charm of a bygone era, all through the magic of a simple, delightful beverage. Cheers, and don’t forget to keep your pitcher topped up!


Evie Jenkins didn’t know what she was thinking by agreeing to switch places with her American heiress cousin. After all, she’s naught but a poor—and usually quite sensible—companion. All she has to do is spend six weeks among London society, pretending to be an heiress…and ensure that absolutely under no circumstances does she accept any proposals of marriage.

When his cousin declares himself in love with a new woman visiting from the States, Alexander Trenton—the sixth Duke of Hargrave—is determined to prove that the young lady in question is just another American “Dollar Princess” desperate for an English title. She seems innocent enough, but Alex is determined to expose her…by thoroughly seducing the lovely and fiercely intelligent heiress himself.

What he assumed would be just one simple kiss erupts into something wild, uncontrollable, and much too public. Now the duke must save her reputation with a betrothal…little knowing that his charming Princess harbors a secret that would certainly ruin them both.


Indoctrinated into a world of dashing rogues and feisty heroines when she was fourteen years old, Maddison Michaels is a prolific reader and writer of romantic suspense and historical fiction. She gets her daily dose of suspense from working as a police officer, prosecuting real-life villains in the Courts of Australia. A member of the RWA and RWA Australia, Maddison is as passionate about her writing as she is about her other two loves: her family and her cups of tea. Luckily, she gets a healthy dash of romance married to her wonderful husband, and her exercise regime is kept on track by her six-year-old daughter, who ensures Maddison is kept very busy chasing her around. Maddison’s debut novel The Devilish Duke is her way of time traveling back to Victorian London to experience a cornucopia of intrigue, romance, and debauchery all from the comfort of her living room!

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