This homemade lemonade is the perfect refreshing drink. It’s only 3 ingredients and so easy to make, it’s the perfect drink when you need something cool and sweet.
This classic lemonade recipe is a must make, all spring and summer long! It’s the perfect cool, refreshing drink that is perfect for an afternoon sweet, serving with dinner, or at a summer barbecue! And is definitely my favorite drink on a hot summer day.
I was going through some of our recipes the other day and realized we didn’t have a simple lemonade recipe on here. We’ve got a raspberry lemonade, and a rosemary lemonade, Brazilian lemonade, and even a frozen strawberry lemonade. So of course I needed to add one to add a basic one to the mix.
While lemonade isn’t exactly a healthy drink because it has a lot of added sugar; lemons are loaded with vitamin c, which is great for our immune systems.
This is the perfect refreshing drink. This lemonade is sweet, a little tangy, and so much better than you’ll get from concentrate, or from the store! It’s a great easy recipe, with simple ingredients, and and the results are a perfect lemonade, with the best flavor, and who can say no to that?
Ingredients needed to make Lemonade:
- granulated sugar
- fresh lemon juice
How to make Lemonade?
- Add your sugar and half the water to a small sauce pan. Heat it over medium and whisk it together while it cooks until the sugar dissolves. (The mixture will be crystal clear again once it’s dissolved). Remove the simple syrup from the heat and let it cool to room temperature.
- Add the remaining cold water to a large pitcher.
- Juice the lemons and add the juice to the pitcher.
- Pour the sugar water into the pitcher too.
- Stir it all together to combine. Chill the pitcher in the fridge for at least an hour, or until chilled.
- Serve the lemonade over ice, paired with lemon slices if desired.
Tips and Tricks:
- Only use juice from fresh lemons. Bottled lemon juice will not give good results. You’ll need about 6 large lemons for the juice. Meyer lemons are a great option because they are a bit sweeter than other lemons.
- Strain the fresh squeezed lemon juice through a strainer if you don’t want any pulp in your juice.
- This lemonade is pretty sweet, which I prefer, but you can lower your sugar amount to by about 1/2 cup if you prefer a more tart lemonade.
- You can also add an additional cup of water if you want your drink more diluted.
- Serve the lemonade over ice in individual glasses instead of adding ice directly to the pitcher. You don’t want to water down the lemonade.
- You can also freeze lemonade ice cubes in an ice cube tray and add those to the lemonade to help cool it down without diluting the drink!
- Add a couple Tablespoons of grenadine to make a pink lemonade.
- You can also make a limeade or grapefruitade with the same ratios given in the recipe below. Don’t use this recipe for oranges as they’re naturally sweet and don’t need any water or sugar added.
How to store homemade lemonade?
This yummy lemonade can be stored in a covered pitcher, or container in the fridge for up to 10 days. Stir it up before serving incase it has separated a little bit.
This simple lemonade is so sweet and delicious. A glass of cold lemonade is the one of the best ways to cool down on a hot day.
More drink recipes:
- Moscow Mule Mocktail
- Strawberry Cream Float
- Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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- 4 cups water (divided)
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
- Add 2 cups of the water to a small sauce pan, and add in the sugar. Heat over medium heat.
- Cook until the sugar is completely dissolved, whisking as it heats up. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.
- Add the remaining water to a large pitcher.
- Juice the lemons, and add the fresh lemon juice to the pitcher with the water.
- Add in the sugar water. And stir it all to combine.
- Place the lemonade in the fridge for about 2 hours, or until chilled.
- Serve chilled over ice.