Lemonade is one of my very favorite things in the whole world. This recipe beats the pants off of store bought lemonade!
Homemade lemonade is one of those easy recipes you learn once and wow yourself with every time. So much delicious lemon flavor makes me very happy. Serve this with a grilled flank steak and roasted asparagus.
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Homemade Lemonade Recipe Ingredients
- Fresh lemon juice – Fresh squeezed really is best. I promise!
- Sugar – Granulated white sugar.
- Water – Cold water, filtered.
- Optional – Lemon slices for garnish.
How do you make lemonade? (step-by-step)
⭐ First, in a small saucepan, bring water to a boil and dissolve sugar into it, making a simple syrup.
⭐ Then, allow syrup to cool completely.
⭐ Next in a large pitcher, mix together syrup, lemon juice, and remaining cold water. Stir to combine.
⭐ Finally, chill until ready to enjoy or add ice cubes to your glasses and serve right away.
Scroll down to the printable recipe card toward the bottom of this article for ingredient measurements and detailed cooking instructions.
How do you make lemonade without pulp?
If you don’t like the lemon pulp in your drink, use a fine mesh sieve to strain the fresh squeezed lemon juice before adding it to your recipe.
What is the best lemonade mix?
We use a 1:1:1:6 ratio! One cup of water + one cup of sugar (simple syrup) + one cup of lemon juice + six cups of water.
So if you want to make a lemon juice concentrate, prepare the 1:1:1 part (simple syrup + lemon juice), store in a mason jar, then add the concentrate + water to a pitcher when you’re ready to enjoy.
Can you make it ahead of time?
For sure! Prep this up to a few days in advance and keep it covered in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy. You can also prep the concentrate and keep it in the freezer until ready.
Do you have to make a simple syrup for homemade lemonade?
A simple syrup is best, but if you don’t have time to make a simple syrup for this recipe, swap the granulated sugar for 1/2 the amount of powdered sugar and whisk it directly into the pitcher. Add more powdered sugar to taste.
Leftovers and storage
How long does homemade lemonade last?
This lemonade recipe will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer indefinitely. For best results, store in a covered/sealed container.
Can you freeze lemonade?
Yes! If you are lucky enough to come in to an abundance of lemons, feel free to make lots and lots of lemonade because it will freezer perfectly.
You can even create lemonade concentrate and freeze that (takes up less space!), then defrost and add remaining water to enjoy.
Tips, tricks, and frequently asked questions
🍓 Add other fresh fruit juices for added flavor – we’re especially partial to strawberry and raspberry lemonade.
🍋 Pour leftover lemonade into popsicle molds for delicious lemon popsicles.
🥤 Mix in a few shots of vodka for some hard lemonade (grownups only!).
What to enjoy with homemade lemonade (serving suggestions)
This classic recipe pairs perfectly with smoked chicken thighs and air fryer asparagus. And preferably eaten on the patio (or at least with the windows open!). For dessert a scoop of pineapple ice cream or tropical fruit salad.
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- Strawberry daiquiris
- Italian sodas
- Pineapple margarita recipe
- Classic coke floats
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Tools we love
- Glass pitcher with lid – Is it even homemade if you don’t serve it in a pretty glass pitcher?
- Colorful paper straws – My kids love when we serve drinks with fun straws.
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How to Make Lemonade
- 1 cup lemon juice fresh squeezed (8 - 10 lemons)
- 1 cup water for simple syrup
- 1 cup sugar white, granulated
- 6 cups water plus more, to taste
- Make a simple syrup by bringing 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan, then stir in sugar until it dissolves. Chill. (Use the freezer to do this quickly).
- In a large pitcher, add simple syrup, lemon juice, and 6 cups water. Stir and add more water if desired.
- Serve over ice or chill then serve.
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katerina @ diethood.com says
I love lemonade! This looks so refreshing and delicious!!
This is perfect for summer and I love making anything homemade! Such a delicious drink! My teens love this after being outside on a hot day!
Homemade lemonade is so refreshing & our go-to all summer long! My kids love doing lemonade stands.