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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Learn how to make lemonade with this simple, beloved, summer recipe.


Single Burner or Microwave


Very Easy

Picture of a pitcher of lemonade.

When life gives you lemons make lemonade!

Handmade lemonade is one of the most popular summer recipes. The bright flavors of the lemons mixed with a tangy sweetness make lemonade one of the most refreshing summer drinks. This lemonade recipe will help you create that perfect balance for a pitcher to serve at your cookout or pool party.

Pack your homemade lemonade in a jar to take on the go.

This recipe for homemade lemonade is a perfect picnic idea that is child-friendly and you can easily pack it in a jar or thermos for transport. So add this to your list of picnic recipes and taste the flavors of summer!

Fun note about spiking this lemonade recipe:

It's easy to spike this lemonade by adding 250ml vodka. Perfect for an adult summer party!

Let's Begin:

Picture of lemons, sugar, and water.

Gather your ingredients.

Picture of simple syrup.

Start by making the simple syrup: Put 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small sauce pan over medium high heat and bring it to a simmer. Stir the mixture periodically until the sugar dissolves. Once the sugar is dissolved remove the pan from the heat. You can choose to heat it in the microwave instead if you prefer, just be sure the sugar is thoroughly dissolved before use.

Picture of lemons being squeezed.

Meanwhile, start juicing and straining the lemons. You can press on the pulp in your strainer with a spoon to get more juice out of it. You want 1 1/4 cup after straining.

Picture of final lemonade in a glass.

Mix together in a pitcher the lemon juice, simple syrup, and 3 cups cold water. Taste. If you want more sweetness you can make more syrup by combining equal amounts of sugar and water and heating until the sugar dissolves.

Once you have reached the desired sweetness, top off the pitcher with ice and serve.


What can I serve with this lemonade recipe?

Try this lemonade with any food that would be found at a barbeque or picnic. If you need some suggestions try some of these;


This fresh lemonade lasts in the fridge for 5-7 days, although ice will melt in that time and dilute it, so store it without ice if possible.

Can I freeze it? Yes! You can freeze it in an ice cube tray and then you can store the cubes for 1-2 months.


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