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fresh squeezed homemade lemonade
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Homemade Lemonade

The perfect glass of ice cold lemonade, sweet but not too sweet, and totally refreshing. Made from fresh squeezed lemons, sugar, and water for the simplest summer drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh squeezed lemonade, homemade lemonade, lemonade
Servings: 6
Calories: 69kcal


Simple Syrup

  • 1 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

The Rest

  • ½ cups lemon juice fresh
  • 7 cups cold water
  • Ice as needed
  • Lemon sliced and mint for garnish


Simple Syrup

  • In a small saucepan over medium high heat, combine sugar and 1 cup water.
  • Stir constantly to dissolve sugar while mixture comes to a boil. Once liquid is clear, and no sugar remains coating the bottom, remove from heat, and pour into another container.
  • Set aside to let cool.
  • Meanwhile, juice the lemons to get your 1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice. To get the most juice out of your lemons bring them to room temp, then roll lemons around on your counter to soften. Cut in half lengthwise, and squeeze juice out into a liquid measuring cup.
  • Discard any seeds, and use pulp only if desired.
  • Now assemble homemade lemonade by pouring 7 cups ice-cold water into a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice add simple syrup to taste.
  • Serve in glasses over ice. Do not add ice to the pitcher, as this can dilute the lemonade.


6-8 medium lemons should yield about 1 1/2 cups juice, but the number required will depend on the size you use.


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 16mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.03mg