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Easy Homemade Lemonade

This refreshing homemade lemonade is so easy to make and is the perfect drink for summer.

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Homemade Lemonade

I love homemade lemonade. It’s so easy to make and it’s so much tastier than anything you’ll get from a can. There’s just something about fresh lemon that’s just so…. refreshing. It’s tart, it’s perfectly sweet and its, hands down, the best drink for sipping on when you’re hanging outside in the warm sun.

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I actually hand squeezed all of the lemons for this lemonade. But if you have one of these neat electric juicers or one of these hand-held citrus juicers, it’ll make squeezing one and a half cups of lemon juice a lot easier and quite a bit faster. I also really like this cute little wooden reamer and wish I had one! So chef-y.

There’s nothing wrong with doing it with the strength of your own hands though. As my dad would say, it builds character. Basically, in his opinion, anything that you do the hard way builds character. AKA we were too frugal to buy some things just for conveniences.

Sometimes though, convenience wins. Sorry dad.

But no matter how you get your fresh lemon juice, this homemade lemonade is definitely worth the effort. If you’re feeling like having a bit of extra fun, add some vodka 😉 If you’re feeling like another perfect summer drink, try this Ginger Lime Iced Tea by Cindy at Vegetarian Mamma. Hooray for summer and all the delicious drinks that go with it! Enjoy!

Other refreshing drinks to try

Non-alcoholic: Dairy-Free Purple Smoothies and Non-Alcoholic Rosemary Citrus Spritzers

With alcohol: Easy Vodka Lemonade and Skinny Coconut Margaritas

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Easy Homemade Lemonade

4.60 from 20 ratings
This refreshing homemade lemonade is so easy to make and is the perfect drink for summer.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
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  • 7 C water
  • 1 1/4 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 C lemon simple syrup

Lemon Simple Syrup

  • 1 C water
  • 1 C sugar
  • Peeled zest of 1 lemon


  • To make the lemon simple syrup, add one cup of water and one cup of sugar to a small sauce pan.
  • Peel the lemon with a vegetable peeler and place the lemon peels right into the water/sugar. Heat on medium/low heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Remove the lemon peels after about 30 minutes.
  • When the simple syrup has cooled off, combine the lemon simple syrup, 7 cups of water and 1 1/4 C lemon juice in a large pitcher.
  • Chill the lemonade before serving. To serve, pour over ice and garnish with fresh lemon slices and mint.


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  1. plasterer bristol says:

    One of my all time favorites homemade lemonade. Thanks so much for sharing. Great recipie.


  2. Love this easy traditional Summer drink! I appreciate the real ingredients and no corn syrup too!

  3. Grace Baumeister says:

    ~~~I clicked through to see what your recipe was, but you lost me big time on that cup of sugar. I thought
    that everyone today was avoiding excess sugar, if possible. Am I the only castaway? There is a lot of
    controversy surrounding all the different sugar substitutes. Maybe Stevia, Truvia, or Splenda would
    be all right, but never, never, never the dread aspartame. Many people have told me horror stories about aspartame. I always check labels, and never buy anything that has aspartame in it. I don’t add sugar to
    my coffee. Lots of heavy cream assuages the bitter taste. 🙂 I enjoy reading your recipes. Maybe some
    day I shall find the time and energy to bake something. Right now, it’s gardening season ! 🙂

    • Sharon says:

      Sorry to hear that Grace. However, the cup of sugar is actually for the full recipe that makes 9 cups of lemonade so each serving has around 1.5 tablespoons of sugar per serving which certainly isn’t an “excess”. The lemon simple syrup is what makes this lemonade special but if I understand if it doesn’t fit everybody’s tastes or needs – there are plenty of of other recipes out there that might fit your (or anybody else’s) specific wants or needs.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh I just love the idea of making the simple syrup! I always just stilled in sugar but this way you are sure it will dissolve! Perfect!

  5. 5 stars
    So refreshing!!! Love homemade Lemonade, Sharon. Especially in mason jars, so festive!!! Great recipe!