Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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Last Updated on March 12, 2021 by Lisa Johnson

This easy homemade lemonade recipe made with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar is the perfect refreshing summer drink. Once you try homemade lemonade, you won’t go back to store-bought!

Two, tall glasses and a glass pitcher filled with ice, lemonade, and lemon slices with yellow straws.

Lemonade is one of those drinks that causes you to slow down and think about the past. All of the summer fun, playing with friends, and baseball games. Thankfully, making homemade lemonade from scratch is super easy!!

It is also the perfect base to make flavored lemonade, like cherry lemonade and passion tea lemonade, or adult lemonade drinks like blue lemonade cocktail and even a passion tea lemonade cocktail.

Lemonade ingredients:

  • Lemons – you really do want fresh lemons for the best flavor! You will need 6 to 8 lemons to get 1 cup of juice, it all depends on their size and how juicy they are.
  • Sugar – super-fine sugar, granulated sugar or Swerve granular will all work in this recipe.
  • Water – The amount of water that you use will depend on your own tastes, but 6 cups is a good baseline. Use less for a stronger, sweeter lemonade, or use more if it’s too strong.
Water in a glass pitcher, 8 lemons and a bowl of sugar.

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How to make fresh lemonade recipe with lemon juice:

Measure out the sugar and place in a large glass measuring cup or jar.

Sugar in a glass measuring cup.

Juice the lemons, straining out the pulp until you have one cup of juice. Pour the lemon juice into the sugar.

Lemon juice and sugar in a glass measuring cup.

Stir the mixture together until completely dissolved.

Sugar dissolved in lemon juice, stirred with a gray silicone mini spatula in a glass measuring cup.

Pour the lemon juice mixture into a large serving pitcher. Add the water and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serve chilled lemonade over ice with lemon slices, if desired.

A big glass of lemonade, ice cubes and lemon slices with a pitcher and fresh lemons in the background.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • When choosing your lemons, look for lemons that are on the softer side versus rock hard. These lemons will be juicier.
  • Hold a lemon in each hand. If they are the same size but one is heavier than the other, that’s the one you want.
  • Allow your lemons to come to room temperature before juicing them.
  • Roll the lemons between your hand and the countertop before cutting them.
  • Use lemonade within 4 days for freshest flavor.

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Flavored simple syrup recipes:

These flavored syrup recipes are an easy and delicious way to change up your lemonade!

Frozen lemonade concentrate

To make your own homemade lemonade concentrate, create the classic simple syrup recipe (to help make sure it doesn’t separate) and allow it to cool completely before mixing with the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Place in a zipper top freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use, or up to 5 months.

When ready to use, remove from the freezer and allow the concentrate to defrost. Pour into a pitcher, add water, stir and serve.

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Enjoy!!

Two glasses and one glass pitcher filled with lemonade and lemon slices and yellow straws.

Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

This easy homemade lemonade recipe made with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar is the perfect refreshing summer drink.
4.67 from 3 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: summer drink recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 138kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Equipment

  • citrus juicer

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white sugar super-fine, granulated or Swerve
  • 1 cup lemon juice from 6 to 8 lemons
  • 6 cups water more or less to taste
  • lemon slices to garnish
  • ice cubes for serving

Instructions

  • Measure out the sugar and place in a large glass measuring cup, jar, or bowl.
  • Juice the lemons, straining out the pulp until you have one cup of juice. Pour the lemon juice into the sugar.
  • Stir the mixture together until completely dissolved.
  • Pour the lemon juice mixture into a large serving pitcher. Add the water and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.
  • Serve chilled lemonade over ice with lemon slices, if desired.

Notes

  • When choosing your lemons, look for lemons that are on the softer side versus rock hard. These lemons will be juicier.
  • Hold a lemon in each hand. If they are the same size but one is heavier than the other, that’s the one you want.
  • Allow your lemons to come to room temperature before juicing them.
  • Roll the lemons between your hand and the countertop before cutting them.
  • Use lemonade within 4 days for freshest flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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