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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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 7 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

  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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