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Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade is so refreshing and timeless. You won’t believe how easy it is to make with just 2 ingredients! Once you try homemade lemonade, it will spoil you forever.

If you have a bunch of lemons, this is our favorite way to use fresh lemon juice and each glass has a healthy dose of Vitamin C. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use this lemonade base to make Strawberry Lemonade.

Lemonade in pitcher with lemon slices

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Lemonade:

Even though this has just 2 ingredients (lemons and sugar), the right method is important. If you just stir the sugar into cold water, it will sink to the bottom and won’t dissolve.

This Lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. We’re sharing our favorite proportions of sugar to lemon juice but you can add more sugar or more lemon juice to taste.

Ingredients for Lemonade

How to Store Fresh Lemonade:

Since ice cubes can dilute lemonade, it is best to store in the refrigerator without ice. Add ice when serving to enjoy ice cold lemonade.

Pro Tip: Add lemon juice ice cubes along with regular ice cubes and the lemonade won’t get diluted.

Storing fresh lemonade in pitcher

Is Lemonade Healthy?

Lemonade is still a sweet drink but it’s certainly healthier than concentrate and often less sweet than what you might order at a restaurant. You can add less of the sugar syrup to cut down on calories and carbs.

The benefits of drinking homemade lemonade are (1) staying hydrated and (2) it’s high in Vitamin C as each glass has about the equivalent of 1 juiced lemon. Read the nutrition label below to get a full calorie count per serving.

fresh lemonade in glasses with ice

How to Make Lemonade:

All you need to make this recipe is a great lemon juicer, a saucepan and a pitcher.

  1. Simmer 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to dissolve the sugar. Cool to room temperature and chill.
  2. Squeeze 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.
  3. To serve: combine 7 cups cold water, chilled sugar syrup and chilled lemon juice. Serve over glasses filled with ice and garnish with lemon slices.

Making a simple syrup for homemade lemonade

Refreshing Summer Drinks:

As temperatures climb, stay hydrated and keep cool with these crisp, bubbly and flavorful summer drink recipes.

lemonade summer drinks served on a platter

Homemade lemonade will never go out of style. It’s a real treat in summer. Next step? Stock up on on lemons and satisfy that craving.

Lemonade Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Lemonade Summer Drinks served on a platter
Lemonade is so refreshing and timeless. You won't believe how easy it is to make lemonade. Once you try homemade lemonade, it will spoil you forever.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4-$5
Keyword: lemonade
Calories: 155 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water with 1 1/2 cups sugar. Place over medium heat and bring just to a simmer, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. Transfer to a mason jar, cover and refrigerate until ready serving.

  2. Squeeze 1 1/2 cups lemon juice. Transfer to a mason jar and refrigerate up to 2 weeks until ready to make lemonade.

  3. To make the full batch of lemonade, pour 7 cups cold water into a pitcher, add the 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice and 1 1/2 cups chilled sugar syrup and stir to combine. You can also add the lemon juice and sugar syrup to taste. Add ice to glasses when serving.

Nutrition Facts
Lemonade Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Potassium 47mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 41g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 39g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 21.5%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 0.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Andie
    July 19, 2019

    This recipe is fool-proof! It came out great using lemons from a friend’s tree. So refreshing on a hot summer day, and especially soothing for a sore throat. Thank you for sharing the recipe. 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 20, 2019

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Andie! Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Tania
    July 15, 2019

    This was so good! I made it with homegrown lemons, organic cane sugar, and added a few mint leaves from our garden! Perfect!! Thanks!
    Homemade is the best! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 15, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Lisa
    July 1, 2019

    After cooling the syrup to room temperature can I proceed with the whole batch of lemonade? Do you recommend refrigerating it for a period of time? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 1, 2019

      Hi Lisa, we like to drink it cold so we make it ahead of time and chill it in the fridge. Reply

  • June 27, 2019

    Such a simple recipe, yet so delicious! 😋 it’s so perfect for summer. I’m a huge lemonade fan and so are my kids (surprising right lol). My kids eat lemons with touch of sugar but when they saw lemonade, it was gone in minutes. Thank you! Here are my July 4th goals😋😋 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that, Olga. Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • June 26, 2019

    We love lemonade!! Thanks for all the tips! This is such a perfect drink this summer! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2019

      You’re so welcome Toni! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Billy
    June 26, 2019

    Nothing like homemade lemonade, incredibly delicious! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2019

      Isn’t it the best! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Tanya Schroeder
    June 26, 2019

    Nothing beats a pitcher of homemade lemonade! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2019

      I couldn’t agree more! Thank you for that awesome review! Reply

  • Cheryl S
    June 26, 2019

    We drink this all summer long! great lemonade recipe! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2019

      So refreshing and perfect for summer! Thank you Cheryl! Reply

  • Shawnee
    June 26, 2019

    My son is coming home from college for summer to see me for two weeks before he has to go back. I was wanting homemade lemonade for him and poof! The perfect recipe just showed up! Thank you!!! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 26, 2019

      You’re so welcome! I bet you’re so happy to him home for the summer! That’s so great! Reply

  • Trang
    June 25, 2019

    Love the ice cube tip! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      I’m so happy to hear that! Reply

  • JMHH
    June 25, 2019

    Lemonade is also prescribed by doctors to those who suffer from kidney stones. There is something in the lemon that dissolves existing stones and prevents new ones from forming. It works too. Ask me how I know.

    One suggestion: Use only organic sugar to prevent acid indigestion and heartburn. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with us! Reply

  • Ruby
    June 25, 2019

    Does this taste like chick fil a lemonade!? Their lemonade is sooo good haha Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      That’s a good question Ruby! Sounds like a taste test is in order! Reply

  • Mark
    June 25, 2019

    1.5 cups of sugar is NOT healthy. Sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and even Alzheimer’s. Reply

    • Natasha
      June 25, 2019

      Hi Mark, keep in mind it is divided by 8 servings. Also, I didn’t claim it was healthy to consume alot of sugar, but I do think it is a better alternative to concentrate lemonade and restaurant lemonade which often has more sugar. Reply

  • Lesya
    June 25, 2019

    Absolutely amazing recipe! I love the fact that it is naturally healthy and without any concentrates.

    Another hit recipe. Thank you Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 25, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it Lesya! Reply

    • Nataliya
      July 16, 2019

      Here is a tip for healthier version of lemonade. Use honey instead of sugar (mix honey with room temperature water). Also, I add a few stems of fresh mint before chilling lemonade in the fridge. My kids love it and it’s very popular at family gatherings. Reply

      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 17, 2019

        Thank you so much for sharing that with me! Reply

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