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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

4.83 from 17 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
Cuisine: American
Course: Beverage
Calories: 155 kcal
Servings: 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water (cold), plus 7 cups to serve
  • 1 1/2 cups Lemon Juice (from 8 medium or 6 large lemons)

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*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 47mg1%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 17.7mg21%
Calcium 3mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Mary beard
    July 27, 2021

    I love her recipes she is a very beautiful young lady she just acts so silly you just get it for you don’t wanna see all that silly stuff just want to see your cook

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  • Terry
    July 27, 2021

    Try peeling the zests off the lemons and putting the sugar on the zests and letting that sit for 30 mins and then pour hot water over it all to melt the sugar, strain and then add ice…

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 27, 2021

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Sierra
    June 9, 2021

    Thank you for these measurements! I love lemonade but whenever I make it it’s either too lemony or too sweet. This time it worked great! I just have to mention though, sugar does dissolve in cold water! It just takes longer and you have to stir the life out of it. I’ve stirred in sugar to ice cold beverages and it works every time, just takes patience. Not trying to be rude I just thought it would be a good tip for people who don’t have the time to do the simple syrup (though I’m sure it doesn’t take long)
    Thanks again for the recipe!

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    • Natasha
      June 10, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the homemade lemonade!

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      • LALOYO SAM
        July 25, 2021

        hi,Natasha i like your recipes

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          July 25, 2021

          Thank you, glad you’re enjoying them!

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  • Barbara j Kehoe
    May 20, 2021

    Beautiful! 1 cup of sugar was perfect. Maybe next time I will do this recipe again!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      May 20, 2021

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Beth
    May 4, 2021

    Hi,
    If I’m in a hurry, could I add the warm simple syrup straight to the lemon juice or does chilling it make a difference? Thanks again for all the wonderful recipes!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2021

      That should work just fine too. Share with us how it goes if you give that a try!

      Reply

  • Judy
    April 9, 2021

    I made this lemonade for my husbands 83rd Birthday gathering! It was a fabulous hit! Will definitely make this again! Thank you for such a easy and very tasty recipe!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 10, 2021

      You’re welcome, Judy! I’m so happy you enjoyed that!

      Reply

  • Simone busuttil
    April 8, 2021

    Can the lemon syrup be preserved ?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 8, 2021

      Hi Simone, I haven’t tested that to advise but it may be possible. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

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  • Judy
    March 29, 2021

    This sounds great! Going to make for my husbands 83rd birthday on April 1st, he loves lemonade and enjoys watching you as much as I do! Your recipes are always so good and easy to prepare. Love your sense of humor and the tapping of hands before you prepare food!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      Sounds like a great plan, Judy. I’m sure he will appreciate and love it! Thank you for your kind words and support too.

      Reply

  • Karen French
    March 29, 2021

    This looks wonderful but as a diabetic can you recommend a particular sugar substitute and would you heat it like the sugar? Thanks!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 29, 2021

      Hi Karen, you can use honey as an alternative or stevia but I haven’t personally tried that to advise of the measurements. If you try that, please share with us how it goes.

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      • Leny Kam
        April 2, 2021

        Hi Natasha,
        Thank you for sharing with us your beautiful recipes.
        Which type of Basil should I use
        to make the Strawberry-Basil- Lemonade?
        Have a lovely weekend.
        Aloha,
        Leny Kam.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          April 3, 2021

          Hi Leny, we used fresh basil. We have a photo of it in the recipe post.

          Reply

  • Vivian
    February 3, 2021

    Hi Natasha,
    I don’t have an ice cube tray, so can I not add any ice in my drink? Thanks!

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    • Natasha
      February 3, 2021

      Hi Vivian, you definitely can add ice, but keep in mind it will dilute it more as the ice melts.

      Reply

  • cheryl
    September 4, 2020

    Love lemons, can’t wait to make this today.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 5, 2020

      I hope you love this recipe Cheryl!

      Reply

  • Vivian
    August 23, 2020

    Hi Natasha, this lemonade recipe was absolutely amazing (no kidding)! I tried this recipe today and it tasted better than the store-bought ones. I definitely will be making it again–it’s so simple!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 23, 2020

      Love it, that is awesome! Thanks for sharing that with us, Vivian.

      Reply

  • Annah
    August 4, 2020

    hi Natasha! pls can this work with limes? i would like to make it as my go-to drink to enjoy whenever i need to be refreshed with a healthy treat! hmmmmmm…………!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 4, 2020

      Hi Annah, I have not tested this with lime. It would be more of a limeade then. If you experiment though I would love to know how you like that.

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  • Barbara Stamm
    July 21, 2020

    Wish you had a book Natasha

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 21, 2020

      Hi Barbara, we are working on one! Stay tuned!

      Reply

  • Jane
    July 17, 2020

    I bought some lemons a couple weeks ago and I wanted to make a nice fresh homemade lemonade – not the stuff from concentrate. I love anything lemon – so when I found this recipe it sounded easy enough. The only change I made was to use a vegetable peeler and peeled the rind from two -lemons and added it to the hot syrup to let the oils out. It amped up the flavor a lot. Just made my second jug in less than a week lol. It’s so good!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 17, 2020

      I’m so happy you liked this recipe Jane! Thank you for that great review!

      Reply

  • Estela
    July 15, 2020

    How many serving would I have to make for a gallon?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 15, 2020

      Hi Estela, this recipe could make about 8 servings. You can click on the number of servings on the recipe to change the ingredients too.

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  • Marni
    May 3, 2020

    Have you had anyone use Swerve (granular) and/or stevia in place of the sugar for a sugar-free version? I saw someone asked about Splenda, but just wanted to inquire about a more natural sweetener alternative…and if you have heard of someone using Swerve and/or stevia, how much to use versus sugar?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 4, 2020

      Hello Marni, I personally haven’t tried using Swerve to advise. Sorry wish I could help you more!

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    • Glenda Laverty
      April 2, 2021

      I’ve made lemonade with Monk Fruit sweetener (1 for 1) and it comes out good.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        April 2, 2021

        Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

        Reply

  • Elaine Capano
    February 23, 2020

    Can this be made with Splenda? If so do you know how to use?

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    • Natasha
      February 24, 2020

      Hi Elaine, I haven’t tested that through since we don’t use Splenda but if you experiment, please let me know how it goes.

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      • Kate
        April 28, 2020

        You don’t need any sweetener or sugar at all. In Austria we drink it as lemon soda. just fresh cold soda water + freshly squeezed lemons! Really refreshing! Zero calories!

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    • Pam
      March 17, 2020

      Yes, it works well with Splenda.

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  • Steph
    January 8, 2020

    I have been chasing after the perfect lemonade recipe for years and I finally found it!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 8, 2020

      That’s so great! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

  • Bread and salt kitchen
    November 30, 2019

    Presentation is great. We like lemonade very much. We consume it summer to winter every time. Also, we share our homemade lemonade (in Turkish limonata) on our blog site

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 30, 2019

      That’s so great! Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Oviya
    October 19, 2019

    i love this! this was so helpful for my party! it was so tasty!!!!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 19, 2019

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

      Reply

  • Sapna
    September 23, 2019

    Wow! Really simple to make and tastes great on a hot day. Really energizing & refreshing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 23, 2019

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

      Reply

  • 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. 🙂

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    • 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!

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    • 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?

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    • 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

  • Olga
    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😋😋

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 27, 2019

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

      Reply

  • Toni
    June 26, 2019

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

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!

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    • 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!!!

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    • 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!

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    • 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.

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    • 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

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • Diana
      January 7, 2021

      Could you freeze prior to adding the 7 cups of water

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        January 7, 2021

        Hi Diana, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you experiment, I would love to know how it goes.

        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!

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    • 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.

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      • Natashas Kitchen
        July 17, 2019

        Thank you so much for sharing that with me!

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      • jackie vanhappen
        April 2, 2021

        how much honey would you use?

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