Perfect Lemonade

Everybody knows how to make lemonade, right? Squeeze some lemons, add sugar and water. But how to make lemonade so that it tastes right everytime? Here’s a surefire method.

Remember the starting proportions – 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice.

(This ratio makes a pretty sweet lemonade. Reduce the amount of sugar if you want your lemonade less sweet or if you are using Meyer lemons which are naturally sweeter than standard lemons.)

The secret to perfect lemonade is to start by making sugar syrup, also known as “simple syrup”. Dissolving the sugar in hot water effectively disperses the sugar in the lemonade, instead of having the sugar sink to the bottom.

Perfect Lemonade

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water (to dilute)

Method

1 Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

2 While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

3 Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add 3 to 4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

Links:
Whole lemon lemonade - from Marc at Mental Masala.

152 Comments

  1. bidrohi

    I think you can substitute Honey for Sugar, but I’m not sure what ratio… last time I just made some stab at it. But if you’re using hot water to begin with, this isn’t so big a deal.

  2. Elise

    From a quick search on the web I found that one cup of honey is equivalent to 1 cup of sugar. But since honey has more liquid in it, if you do a substitution, reduce the water in your recipe by 1/4 cup for every cup of honey used.

  3. K.

    I find that this classic recipe is greatly enhanced with just one capful of pure lemon extract. That little bit of lemon “oomph” covers a multitude of sins if you have not terribly flavorful lemons. I frequently hear “My Lemonade never tastes as intense as yours.” Now you know why.

  4. auntysam

    It was great! Thank you for a fabulous lemonade recipe! We tried it in our class and the children loved it. We didn’t know we were supposed to dissolve the sugar and water first. We also used fresh, homegrown lemons, which made it even tastier!
    MAHALO FROM HAWAII!

  5. verenia

    If you use a vegetable peeler and peel a few thin sections of some lemons befor you squeeze them you can add this to the sugar and hot water to seep for a few minutes this gives more depth of flavour.

  6. Ryan

    Putting the lemons in the microwave for ten seconds makes the juices come out easier if you don’t have a juicer. I just saw this technique of dissolving the sugar in the water on TV. It sounds great.

  7. ruben

    Here’s another great lemonade recipe. Makes 1 liter

    Ingredients:

    6 teaspoons brown sugar
    2 lemons, washed and rinsed.

    Add the sugar and the lemons whole (skin, seeds and all)to a blender with a little water. Filter and add to the rest of the water. That’s it.

    Almost instant lemon water :-) (and big lemon saver, too). Won’t last long because you’re blending the skin and the seeds, which are quite sour; best before 24 hrs.

  8. John

    Good point to add: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water makes a syrup that you can use for all sorts of purposes. If you make sure you simmer it just long enough for the sugar and water molecules to bond, it’ll keep on the shelf for a while. Add any extract to make a syrup for adding to other drinks (vanilla, for example). It’s a trick I learned working in an ice cream store.

  9. __little_miss_piggie__

    When I first made lemonaid I used 2 cut up 3 wax free lemons, put them in my smoothie maker with some sugar and a little water and blend them up and then strain them and then add fizzy water. :) It’s really nice.. Think I’ll give yours a go tho..

  10. Serbia Broadband

    Wow! You made my day with this recipe.

    What’s more, lemonade is a healthy & tasty, yet cheap drink, compared to a commercial junk like sprite/fanta/you-name-it. Way to go!

  11. cross

    I am from Thailand,in my country we love to add salt to any kind of drink that kind of sour. So next time you try making your lemonade put a little of salt in to it. Becareful not to make it too salty that people realize but just to add some dept to your drink, Cheers!

  12. Tri

    I’m Vietnamese and have fond memories of my mom making me “lemonade”. Vietnamese “lemonade” is actually made with lime and seltzer water, and is really called Soda Chanh. I make it by squeezing half of a lime into a large glass, spooning sugar in until it becomes gritty yet syrupy, then adding seltzer water and of course ice. Its delicious and very easy to make.

  13. Robyn

    Made lemonade to sell at a gala, fundraising for a public pool for Waiheke this past weekend. It was a great hit, on a hot day.

    I used your proportions Elise, but this time used Donna Hay’s method. Her idea is to mix the sugar and the lemon juice to make the simple syrup. Bottled the lemon syrup and used chilled soda water to dilute it.

    Thanks for the idea.

  14. Jennifer

    Thanks for the correct proportions! I’ve been winging it for years, and it never came out quite right until I tried this. My kids and neighbors picked a bunch of lemons today and really wanted a treat, and it was so easy. So glad I could accommodate them!

  15. Margaret

    This works very well! I tried it and it tasted AWESOME! If a 12 year-old can make it, anyone can. I love simple and tasy recipes =)

  16. ami

    Dear Elise, thanks for the lemons recipe. It’s great for summers :-)
    and it’s great for 12 year olds.

  17. Connie Brakken-Smith

    We were recently at a garden dinner party on a very warm evening. The hostess made a pitcher of lemonade and served it as a cocktail by adding a small amount of vodka to each glass. It was a delicious and refreshing accompanyment to the appetizers that were being served!

  18. Joshua and Mela

    We live in The Gambia in West Africa and we have thousands of lemons dropping off the trees around us in our new house… we were trying to figure out what to do with them all, now we have the “perfect” answer!

    Thank you!

  19. Amy

    This is seriously the most simple most delicious lemonade recipe! It is easy enough for the kids to make it for their lemonade stands.

    It also makes a very refreshing adult drink. Add vodka, or even make lemonade-margaritas with Tequila and Gran Marnier. They were both a hit at our last BBQ.

  20. Sunnie Eastman

    This is an awesome recipe the best lemonade and my first time making homemade lemonade. My 4yr old loves it and so will my guests at my candle party tomorrow night :D
    Thanks for the recipe

  21. Tania

    If you add half a cup of fresh raspberries that you have mushed up you have a really tasty raspberry lemonade.

  22. Melissa Reed

    I just love this lemonade. It’s perfect for a summer picnic. My children love it! I have tested many homemade lemonades, some too sweet, some too sour, some don’t even taste like lemonade, but this is the BEST lemonade recipe I have ever made. My children want to say something:

    Brianna (11) : The lemonade is amazing. I love to make the lemonde with my mom cause it’s just so fun. And it turned out really good.

    Daniel (7) : I like the lemonade because my mom made it and it is sweet.

    Claire (5) : The lemonade is sweet and I like it.

    Thank You for the Recipe,

    Melissa, Brianna, Dnaiel, and Claire Reed of Manhattan, New York

  23. Ellen

    This sounded like a great recipe, so I decided to try it. But, when I squeezed the lemon juice, I only had 2/3 of a cup. So I got creative and added 1/3 cup of strawberry juice. Then I followed the recipe, as you put. It ended up coming out quite well.

  24. Tim

    Elise,
    Thanks for the recipe – haven’t tried it yet as there is a tree in the yard and the lemons are just starting to drop! Last week in the park we bought some fresh-squeezed lemonade. The lady at the stand said to use castor sugar because it will dissolve more quickly and completely. We are going to try that with your recipe.
    Tim and Monique, Western Australia

    Note from Elise: With the recipe shown here there is no need for castor sugar or super fine sugar, as the sugar is completely dissolved in boiling water.

  25. sandy

    We can also add some mint leaves to our prepared lemonade or we can crush few leaves and add to the lemonade. It’s more refreshing. I usually have mine with a pinch of rock salt and a dash of black pepper.

  26. Dawn Gilliland

    When you make your simple syrup add 14 ginger slices (about 3-4 thumbs worth – or 1/4 of a cup or to taste)…. Some people leave them in, but I would recommend taking them out after the simple syrup is made, makes it too strong for me.

    This will make a lovely refreshing Ginger Lemonade, which is simply wonderful. It cuts the tartness of the lemons and makes it something to savor.

  27. Joanna Belum

    I absolutely loved this recipe. I added 5 cups of cold water instead of 4, and it came out perfect. It was just the right combination. It was very, very easy for me to make and was well worth it.

  28. Michael

    I was wondering if you can add sparkling mineral water to it instead of water?

    Of course, that would be great. ~Elise

  29. teresa

    Wow.. Just in reading this recipe… I can’t wait to get out of work and to the grocery store to make some refreshing, homemade lemonade! Just out of curiousity, will LIMES do? or half and half?

    Limes work great, or half limes and half lemons. ~Elise

  30. Garrett

    When making the simple syrup, I love to add a vanilla bean to it to add some lovely vanilla flavor. Of course, lemonade and a bit of vanilla or lemon vodka is equally tasty!

  31. Jerry Rosenfeld

    Dear Elise
    I usually make lemonde for about 7 or 8 people. In addition to sugar (1 tbsp.per glass dissolved in hot water, then cooled before adding lemon juice), the juice and the solids (that are scraped off while juicing), I grate one of the lemons and add the grated peel to the mixture. The grated peel is not dominant but adds a tang or “bite” to the taste. This is utterly delicious and shoulds be served only to special and deserving company.

  32. Tonie M.

    We have made lemonade for years with Lemon juice in the bottle. Put 1 cup juice, 1cup of sugar, and a capful of almond extract in a 2 quart container. Fill with water. Add sliced strawberries and lemons to the top for decoration.

    This is great on a hot day or just any day.

    Enjoy.

  33. Layal

    Pretty hot day today and felt like drinking some fresh lemonade.
    The method is great and I think the measures are good, although I found it a little too sweet… But then again, I tasted it right before putting it in the fridge. Will see in 30 minutes.
    Thanks :)

  34. erin

    I just made your lemonade with fresh California lemons from my backyard and it was delicious! We are pretty low on regular sugar so I just used powdered sugar instead and I used a cup and a half of lemon juice because I like my lemonade tart.

    Very yummy and like you said, the sugar mixed in perfectly. Thanks!

  35. Rose

    Elise-
    I am in charge of a lemonade sale for a community fundraiser in a few weeks. We want to prepare about 300 servings. We will use 16oz. cups, but serve about 12oz. of the lemonade over ice. Any suggestions about how to scale up your recipe. I plan on spending the day before, squeezing lemons and making simple syrup. Any ideas on how to “fancy it up”. There is desire by some to embellish and charge a bit more. Personally, I love it plain and simple, but I will keep an open mind

    Thanks for any help—Rose

    Hi Rose, your guess is as good as mine on the scaling. I would make more than you think you might need of the lemon juice and the simple syrup. Keep them separate. That way, if you have leftovers, you can freeze the concentrated lemon juice, and the simple syrup lasts a long time in the fridge. For something extra special, grate the lemon zest and add it to the simple syrup as you are cooking the syrup. Strain it out before using. That will give your lemonade an extra lift. Also add some fresh mint leaves to glasses or the serving pitchers. ~Elise

  36. Cerys

    I want to make lemonade to sell at a fundraising event and was wondering how far in advance could I make up this lemonade. Will it keep for a few weeks?

    No, the lemonade as made will not keep for a few weeks. If you want to make ahead, I suggest juicing the lemons and freezing the juice, and making the simple syrup, and keeping that refrigerated. The put it together the day before your event. ~Elise

  37. Carolynne

    I just made this and it is no joke – this lemonade is truly the best I have ever had!

    I added the small amount of lemon extract K suggested, but only because my fresh lemons were a bit on the mild side. Fabulous!

  38. Carrie Russell

    This was great! I was at a local farmers market and my friend paid $3.00 for lemonade that tasted exactly like this one!

  39. tim winter

    What if you already have sugar syrup from the super market?

    Use it; it saves you a step. The proportions you will have to mix to taste. ~Elise

  40. marsh terry

    Did the basic recipe: Wonderful ! Added a cap of lemon extract: Wonderfuller ! Sprinkled a coupla pinches of salt: Wonderfulist ! I’ll try the ginger next (and the almond? – - – y’know, I’ve got some coconut extract that I use in biscotti – - – maybe a dram or two ?

  41. Bridget

    I have been given fresh lemons from a friends tree here in spain, and couldn´t remember how lemonade was made. I do now!! Thank you

  42. Kristy

    I’ve made this with Splenda if you’re looking for a sugar free version. This way, you don’t have to make the simple syrup since the Splenda dissolves quickly.

    It’s quite tasty!

  43. shimla

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe. Of course everyone knows how to make lemonade, and I was doing it in the normal way. And then I wanted to find a better way to make it for my husband’s surprise bday dinner. I found this and you know what? My husband, who is a huge fan of lemonade and who chooses it, wherever he goes(I mean restaurents), said this was the best lemonade he ever had! Better than the ones he drink at restaurents. I was so happy. This simple recipe made his bday dinner extra special and memorable. Thank you soo much.

  44. EK

    This was a wonderful recipe. Not too sour, not too sweet. I used 3/4 cup of sugar instead of the full cup, and it came out perfect! Thanks!

  45. mike

    Well actually I tested the honey theory and you need an extra 1/4 cup of honey because it is not as sweet as plain sugar, and subtract 1/4 cup of hot water.

  46. Val

    Hello! Our twins are 5 yrs old and they were
    watching a show on abc channel “Olivia”
    and she was making lemonade.I took them
    with a list to the shops and we picked up the
    ingredients.I made the simple syrup
    and the twinnies did the rest.
    Its in the refrigerator at the moment for
    minutes to chill.
    We had a taste first and “Yummy”.

    I tried it to and loved it.
    sooo easy to make.

    thank you
    Warm Tasmania

  47. Marianne

    This is a simple and delicious recipe, I added a splash of ruby red grapefruit juice for a bit of color. Thanks for making it so easy, and thanks for the all of the blog-tips, I can’t wait to try them!

  48. Debbie in Texas

    Perfect! So easy to make…I made it for all our friends and neighbors. We had hundreds of lemons and no idea what to do with them. Thank you!

  49. Keish!

    How do you feel about SimplyLemon instead of the fresh lemon juice? Lemons are expensive here in GA. It would cost me $5 for a glass.

    Don’t know what SimplyLemon is. If I didn’t have access to fresh lemons, to make lemonade I would just buy frozen lemonade concentrate (check the ingredients of course). If you do ever get access to fresh lemons in bulk at a cheap price, you can juice them and freeze the juice by the way. We freeze our lemon juice in 8 ounce jars, so that they can easily be defrosted to make lemonade. ~Elise

  50. Laura Young

    I have seven citrus trees in my yard, including a lemon. I normally use about one lemon a month, and I am overrun with these things! I’m going to try your lemonade recipe soon, and if it comes out as well as everyone says it is, I think I will be making and freezing a bunch of it to save for summer!

    If you are planning to freeze, I suggest freezing the lemon juice only (will take up less room in your freezer), in 1-cup sized containers. That way anytime you want some lemonade, you can defrost a cup of lemon juice and easily make the lemonade. ~Elise

  51. Matt

    Thannk so much; this makes great lemonade! I live in Arizona and have a bunch of lemon trees in the yard and had no clue what to do with them all till now.

  52. Stephanie

    Tried your recipe yesterday, and it was FABULOUS! My boyfriend and I argued over who got the last glass. Ha ha.
    He came up with the good idea to put Limoncello in it. That’s an Italian liquor that is yummy!
    My idea is to color some sugar with a drop or two of yellow food coloring and dip the moistened rim of your glass in lemonade then the sugar for a fancy and tasty drink.
    Going to make some more TODAY!

  53. Celana

    My son and I really loved making this for his bball party on Sat. It’s so easy! We had some and it’s fantastic. I can’t wait to blend some with mint on a hot summers day…

  54. mim

    I tried this lemonade it was way too sour.

    Sounds like you didn’t use enough sugar for your particular lemons. This recipe is a guideline. You need to make adjustments to your particular taste and ingredients. ~Elise

  55. Julie

    Hi. I just wanted to say I tried your recipe and loved it. I was wondering if you have ever tried adding strawberries to it to make strawberry lemonade? Thanks so much.

    Haven’t tried it, but it sounds great! ~Elise

  56. Winona

    Thank you so much for posting this recipe. I am 36 and making lemonade for the first time. It tastes great and I will be making it again!!

  57. Luke

    I know you already have got a lot of comments on this, but your recipe is amazing! I just tried it and the lemonade tastes fantastic. Thank you very much.

  58. Tiara

    ~Is 100% lemon juice from the bottle the same as squeezing lemons?~ If not what is the ratio. Lemons have gotten quite expensive in Iowa. Usual 2 for a dollar!

    Honestly I don’t know. We don’t use bottled lemon juice as we grow our own lemons and always have some on hand. I would experiment with the recipe if bottled lemon juice is the only reasonable option available to you and see the ratio of simple syrup (sugar water) and water with lemon juice that works for you. You might end up being better off buying lemonade concentrate than using bottled juice. ~Elise

  59. Gina Maria

    I made this recipe 5 minutes ago, and I tried a little bit before putting it in the fridge. Delicious! I can’t wait to drink it after the lemonade cools down!

  60. Jon C.

    This is an excellent recipe. I just made two bottles of it. I found that if you use powdered sugar instead of granulated, there is sweetness when you first drink it then it finishes off when you swallow with a bit of bitter lemon taste. I just thought that was cool.

  61. Carolyn

    Add a couple of springs of Rosemary to the simple syrup – let steep and strain before continuing to make Lemonade. Excellent flavored lemonade!

  62. Janet

    I’ve made a committment to wean myself off of diet soda and I’m not that crazy about just plain water. This Lemonade recipe is very good. I made it last night, let it chill when I went to bed and had it this morning. Great great recipe. I’ll be putting some in a water bottle to take to the beach this summer.

    I made the first batch with regular sugar so that’s kinda fattening. Anyone have any luck with sweet n low or stevia?

    Jess – great idea on the Limoncello, I’m definitely trying that one.

    Elise – thanks for the tip on the extract – I will be buying some today.

  63. Gloria

    I did not know so many recipes for lemonade existed. There seems to be no limit. Has anyone tried agave nectar in place of sugar.

  64. momo

    For a nice twist add a dash of rose water. It adds a refreshing aroma and flavor that complement the sour lemon. You can even reduce the sugar a little.

  65. Rachel

    Thank you so much for the wonderful recipe – my husband and kids say it’s the best they’ve ever had. No more store-bought powder for us! My second batch, we used half limes, half lemons and it was even better.

  66. roy and kirsta and connie

    It’s pretty good but we ended up adding way more lemon juice than sugar water. I guess everyone has different taste. We’s likes ours sour. We don’t know nuthin ’bout growin citrus.

    Yep, it’s all a matter of personal taste. And the lemons. Late in the season lemons are less sour than early in the season. Meyers are sweeter than regular lemons. Some people like things sweet, others tart. ~Elise

  67. Kim

    Last minute company today. I googled your recipe and I just “happened” to have 2 bags of lemons. This recipe turned out perfect (and was quick to make, too!)

  68. Mark

    Thanks for the truly “perfect” recipe. With hot days finally upon us and a hand full of lemons and limes sitting in the refrigerator, I googled your recipe. I wanted to show our children that lemonade comes neither from a carton nor from powder. It worked out perfectly.

  69. Madeline Smith

    Dear lemonade people!
    Your lemonade recipe has helped me and my friends have some VERY successful lemonade stands over the years! Thanx a million!

  70. tammy

    Really good! My son inspired me to make this and although he did not like it (picky boy!) the girls in the family did!

    Any suggestions for making this diabetic friendly? Do you think we could substitute the sugar with splenda??

  71. rboyko

    I’ve made lemonade using this recipe many times and it was great, but I just tried to make it using bottled lemon juice concentrate and it wasnt as good.

  72. sierra

    Nice recipe! I like to make the lemonade less diluted, then pour it in a big glass of crushed ice. The ice dilutes it as it melts, and after the lemonade is gone, you can eat the lemon flavored ice like a snowcone!

  73. bobbi

    Thank you so much for the recipe. I just made it and my boys LOVE it. ages 16 and 13
    Thanks again! It was so easy to make too.

  74. Geoff

    Wayyyy too syrupy. Lots of damage control with this recipe.

    Sounds like you needed to add more water. ~Elise

  75. Tasha

    I’m twelve years old and consider myself quite a good little “chef” (if I do say so my self). I make dinner and breakfast for my family at least once a week. I made this lemonade topped it off with blackberries floating on the ice at the top sprinkled with sugar,and found myself wondering why I hadn’t tried this recipe before. Great recipe. Definitely going to make again, thanks so much.

  76. izzy

    Tomorrow I’m planning to make a lemonade stand and I’m using little dixie cups. How much should each little dixie cup be? should it be $0.50 or $0.25 or $0.75 or a $1.00? I want to get a lot of custumers and I want to make a reasonable price.

    p.s.it’s so delicious!

    If it’s just a little dixie cup I would say a quarter each. Who would be willing to pay more than a quarter for a dixie cup full of lemonade? Maybe 50 cents, depending on how big those cups are. ~Elise

  77. sara williams

    My son made this very sweet and delicious lemonade in seven miniutes. We all love it and will use the recipe again.

  78. Julie

    Just wanted to let you know that we made this recipe yesterday with calamondins (small sour oranges) instead of using lemons and it came out terrific. Thanks for posting this really simple recipe.

  79. Paige

    I had a really strong craving for some sort citrus all day and decided to postpone my essays to try this recipe.
    I liked it so much! I plan to have a constant stock of lemons now so I can keep a supply of this lemonade on hand for the fam.
    Thanks!

  80. Jan

    I loved this recipe. Our neighbor gave us some lemons from his lemon tree; after my husband just bought me a batch of lemons from the store. I use lemon slices in my iced tea every day. This recipe was quick and easy.

  81. Lucia

    ITS PERFECT! =]

    The yellow lemon juice was magnificent. When we added the sour juice to the simple syrup it tasted delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Loved it.

    Lucia

  82. Tinka

    I made this recipe using:

    6 large meyer lemons from our garden (juiced by hand)
    26 ounces of water
    8 teaspoons of organic brown sugar
    4 sachets of Stevia

    I boiled up the water and added the sugar and Stevia, stirring until fully dissolved.

    I added the lemon juice and stirred.

    I poured the liquid mix into two 16 ounce old tomato sauce jars, popped in 2 lemon rind peels (more for aesthetics than anything else really!), screwed the tops on and popped them in the fridge.

    DELICIOUS!

    Less sugar = healthier I guess!

    Enjoy!

  83. Julia

    WOW this was terrific ! i reduced the repice to 1/4 to 1 cup and it will make one glass of lemonaid ! THANKS !

  84. felix

    Your ratios are off in my opinion. For a more tart and classic recipe, use 1,2,3,4.

    1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    2/3 cup sugar
    4 cups water

    Mix all ingredients with ice and thin slice lemon wedges.

  85. Kat

    My 2 and 3 year old daughters were begging me for some juice! And wouldn’t you know I didn’t have anything but a bottle of lemon juice. I googled “lemonade” and this was the first recipe I saw. We added a bit more water (they are toddlers), but they are loving it! Thanks!

  86. Moriah

    Thanks for posting this recipe online! It made my day. It is the perfect lemonade after all. :D

  87. Autumn

    My boyfriends mother has a lemon tree in her back yard. I was thrilled when she gave me a bag full of ‘em, planning on making lemonade as soon as I got home. I couldn’t remember my mom’s ratios, but ,when I came across this recipe, I was willing to give it a try. After juicing 4 lemons to get a cup (these things were massive) I ended up with the most wonderful, glorious pitcher of lemonade. I simply had to thank you for sharing it. Shhh! Don’t tell my mom, but it is better than hers.

  88. Neshang

    I’m an 11-year-old Nepalese girl. For one of my school’s summer fairs, I was in charge of one of the stalls. It was a lemanade stall. I went online for help, and found this recipe. So, I tried it out, it worked! My stall earned the most money in the fair. I would really love to try out more recipes.

  89. Bill

    I have been using this recipe for a while and people definetely love it. I have made a few changes others might like. Add about 3tbls of lime juice in for a more in depth flavor. Add about 1tbls of lemon zest into the pan while making the simple syrup (strain) for a kick. Serve in a 5-6 oz old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice and add about 1tsp of marchiano cherry juice and two cherries.

    I guarantee people will be asking for another.

  90. Terry

    Thank you for a great lemonade. This has just decreased my carbon footprint no more processed store lemonade for me.

  91. T

    I use hot tap water and the sugar dissolves fine. I then add some crushed ice and water to make 3 more cups of water and it cools instantly and ready to drink. I used bottled lemon juice and 1 cup was just fine.

    I like rasberry version so I add some thick Rasberry Daquiri mixer (no alchohol)and decrease sugar and am on my 3rd glass now. Thanks for the recipe and variations

  92. Jeff

    I used one cup of water, one cup of organic lemon juice, and 20 drops of liquid stevia. Stirred and served. Doesn’t get any easier than that.

  93. Richard

    In reference to the posting by T on July 13,2010, hot tap water should never be used when preparing food or drinks. If you look it up on the internet, you will discover that many contaminants, including lead, can enter your food and drink from using hot tap water.

  94. Chet

    What is the shelf life of lemonade? Can anyone tell me please?

    Homemade lemonade will last several days in the refrigerator. ~Elise

  95. Sarah

    Oh my goodness!! I have never made true “homemade” from scratch lemonade… This was soooooo good! Ha Ha I’m sitting here with 2 feet of snow around my house and I’m drinking a big ol glass of iced lemonade. Next time I’ll add some mushed up strawberries or blueberries. :D

  96. MJ

    This was delicious! I made a big batch for 60 people, and it was very well received. Making the sugar syrup is such a good idea! I used 10 cups of lemon juice and 8-9 cups of sugar (I lost count), and added some lemon extract as was suggested. Yummy!

  97. Casey

    I made this last weekend for a BBQ, added some torn mint leaves at the end to give it a bit of extra freshness. It was delicious.

  98. JellyBean

    Hey,
    tried a different lemonade recipe last week which said to use brown sugar and it tasted awful, this lemonade sounds great, but which sugar do I use? Caster, raw, cane?
    Thanks

    White, granulated sugar. ~Elise

  99. Alice James

    Thanks for the sugar syrup tip, will be using this for all my juices and shakes. I love that there are no sugar granules on my tongue, and I love the consistent sweetness. I’d throw in a bit of rind shavings for extra zest and tang!

  100. James

    What I started doing 20 years ago is freeze 4 or 6 gal. jug of water get my 20 gal cooler put 4 gal. distilled water in then i would boil 1 gal.distilled water with 5 LBS suger until dissolved and add it to the cooler (this cooler has a spout at the bottom like the ones at sport events)ok i set it on the counter with trash can under it to catch the drips ok put 1 pint lemon juice in and squeezed 6 fresh lemons in a cup pick out seeds put in cooler i pitch in the lemon skin now stir it up and get 2 gal. jug of frozen water sit in cooler leave lids on jug so when they melt it will not delute the lemonaid after 3 or 4 hours take the melted ice out rinse the jug off put back in freezer get out 2 more frozen jugs and put in cooler now you can swap in the morning and you never have to put left over in your refergerator we do tea and punches coolaid With my son and daughter and 6 grandkids it saves a lot of open and closing the frig. and freezer doors.you have to keep it in the house in the summer time it draws a lot bees and wasp and humming birds like it to

  101. Sonic98

    I tried it and it came out “alright.” Maybe my lemons did not have a great amount of flavor. I will definitely looking to the lemon extract or lemon peeling methods to see how it turns out or some combination. When I finally get the flavor I want, I will try adding strawberries and raspberries, then I’ll try replacing the cold water with ice in a blender for a frozen version or possiblly club soda instead of water.

  102. Anna Lindsay, Lucy Dickens and Rebecca Holland

    amazing the best lemonade we have ever made!!!! And it tasted yummy :)

  103. Juicefanattic

    best HEALTHY Lemonaid (and i might add tastes WAY better than the tradional sugar water)

    2 Apples, for every lemon used, (juice the apples and the lemon) no need to add water, 2 apples adn 1 lemmon will usualy make ONE serving.

    But it tastes amazing, without all the added sugar.

    Also add a little bit of ginger for a nice twist

  104. Anonymous

    I made simple syrup with lavender. I strained out the lavender buds. Now can I freeze the simple syrup with the lavender in it? or/will the simple syrup/lavender keep in the refrigerator for a month like just like plain simple syrup? Thanks so much.

    I’m pretty sure the lavender simple syrup will keep for a month in the fridge. The sugar will keep the bacteria away. The only issue you may have is mold. So, if it gets moldy, throw it out. ~Elise

  105. Wanda

    I had a lemonade stand with my son and nephew, to earn a little extra money for their expense on vacation. We stepped it up a little by offering flavoring options. We made up flavored syrups to add on top of the lemonade to add variety and “POW” that no others had. We made the flavored syrups with Kool Aid mixes and water in very concentrated amounts. We put the syrups in inexpensive condoment containers and named them “Cherry Bomb”, “Strawberry Slam”, and “Punch Pow”. We added these to the lemonade if the customer wanted it at no extra cost. The personalization and customer attention along with the “swirl” design of contrasting colors was a success. The kids had so much fun and the self esteem boost was a plus. It builds character.

  106. Lemonade Rulz

    I love lemonade and Im going to have a lemonade stand soon and this recipe will be the best for it!! Thank you soo much!!!!

  107. Baylee and Anika

    omg this is so simple and so good!! better than store bought and restaraunts :) really enjoyed it and now cant get enought of it!!

    – thanks

  108. Ashley

    This is exactly what I needed today! I had some fresh lemonade at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday and have been craving it ever since. I found this recipe tonight and whipped up a batch and WOW. This is perfect! And since I’m pregnant, it’s a great alternative to a cocktail with dinner tonight ;) I posted a review with a link to this page over on my blog. Thanks!!

  109. lanie

    Hi Elise, I haven’t tried the recipe yet but I will make this tomorrow. I’m sure it will be great. I was wondering though, have you ever made this with splenda? I try to stay away from sugar as much as possible but at the same time I don’t want my lemonade to have a bad taste. I know somethings I can’t tell but splenda mess up the taste of my coffee every morning. Just wasn’t as good as the sugar.
    Thanks in advance for any feed back.

    I have not. But if you do try it, please let us know how it works out for you. ~Elise

  110. Patrick M.

    Great recipe! But I tried something different that makes it even tastier; instead of just lemon juice, I used half lemon and half lime juice(Which is the equivalent of 3 lemons and 3 limes, and makes 1 cup of juice). I also used slightly less than 1 cup of sugar, and it was still very sweet. And I used only 3 cups of dissolving water. Any more would have diluted it too much in my opinion. Making the simple syrup really enhances the flavors. Makes a great sweet and tangy lemon-limeade. Serve over plenty of ice!

  111. Caroline M.

    This was my first time making “homemade” lemonade. It came out great, tart and sweet and soo simple to make the simple syrup is a good idea too. I have a customer that gives me free lemons so I will definately be making this again : )

  112. Tara

    Wonderful recipe! I added a little extra cold water so it wasn’t so tart – everyone has their own taste preference. Also, I put some lemonade in an ice cube tray and froze it, will add this later, and it won’t dilute the drink!

  113. Amanda

    This recipe is simple and perfect. But after making delicious lemonade with this recipe multiple times, I decided to change it up a bit. I muddled a packed cup of basil leaves into the lemon juice and then strained it out. The basil added another dimension of flavor and my husband and I absolutely loved it.

  114. Melissa

    My husband made this for us this weeking using the above recipe and since we didn’t have a juicer we had a huge mess but I must say that it was worth it because the lemonade was fabulous! Will be making again…and again….with a juicer!

  115. karla

    wow really nice my 5 year old daughter and I have just made this and yummy will be doing again thanks had to use lemon juice (JIF) natural strength as lemons are too expensive in rainy old England (70 pence for 1 small lemon) which we did use for decoration also added some peppermint extract really yummy 1 TSP

  116. Vera

    Very simple to make but 1 cup, even 3/4 cup of sugar is way too sweet for me. I only use 1/2 cup and the sweetness/tartness is well balanced.

  117. Shirinalzebari

    Made the lemon Juice and store it in the ice cube track, so now whenever I need to make a quick lemonade, just take the lemon iced, from the freezer and put it in the warm syrup, add the water and the Lemonade is ready, Thanks.

  118. lemonsorbet

    hi, i’m 12 and i have tried this recipe- it’s brilliant! it’s practically my only perfect cooking achievement so far. I’m going to serve this at our barbecue. Thank you so much!

  119. anita

    great recipe! and thanks for the tips on freezing :) I just wanted to mention that I also substitute grapefruit juice for the lemon juice sometimes and it’s delicious! sooo refreshing.

  120. Tanya

    I tried this recipe because I had tons of lemons from our 2 lemon trees. The recipe doubles easy and is really quick to make. It’s also fun to get the get kids involved too. My little girl (5) can’t wait to make a batch (which is currently done every 2nd day). Thanks for a fantastic recipe

  121. Gabby

    My son and I just made this lemonade for his lemonade stand. It’s fantastic. He’s so proud of himself and he read the recipe too. I wrote it out with little pictures above each word. High fives all around here!

  122. Deb

    Very nice! I just tried it. My daughter was craving lemonade. This was my first time making an entire pitcher of it homemade. Thank you!

  123. christy

    i used oranges also and cooked the juice with the syrup. should have used less sugar cause oranges were sweet but other than that it is great!

  124. Shedevil

    This reminds me of a rock candy recipe. The order of mixing sugar and water is VERY important. To grow rock candy crystals add sugar to hot water a little at a time.
    If you add water to the sugar you will get SUGAR SYRUP (very stubborn). No crystals will form unless all the water is boiled away.
    The difference is striking!

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