recipe to make lemonade

Best Homemade Lemonade Ever

5/5 (1)
15 mins
Vadim Rachok
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If you ever find yourself with a basket of lemons, don’t fret! Instead, turn them into the most delicious lemonade you’ve ever tasted. This recipe, fittingly called the Best Lemonade Ever, is nothing short of amazing. The perfect blend of sweetness and tartness makes it a refreshing drink that’s perfect for any occasion. Not only is it simple to make, but it’s also incredibly satisfying. Don’t forget to check out our expert tips for serving and storing the lemonade, so you can enjoy it to the fullest.

Lemonade is a timeless classic that never fails to bring a burst of refreshing citrus flavor to any gathering or moment of relaxation. This recipe for 'The Best Lemonade Ever' lives up to its name, offering a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness that captures the essence of summer in a glass. The key to its success lies in the simple syrup, which ensures that every sip is beautifully blended and sweet without any sugar settling at the bottom. Plus, using fresh lemon juice is a must for that authentic, zesty taste.

Lemonade Ingredients

Preparing homemade lemonade is quick and simple with just a few common ingredients.

What makes this lemonade so special? you may ask. The secret is the recipe’s first step: making a simple syrup by dissolving sugar in boiling water. This ensures a cohesive and smooth finished drink while preventing sugar from collecting at the bottom of the pitcher.

recipe of lemonade drink

When making homemade lemonade, it’s important to use fresh lemon juice. Bottled juice can be used as a substitute if fresh lemons are not available.

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a glass of ice-cold lemonade on a hot day. Just be sure to add the ice right before serving so it doesn’t dilute the sweet flavor.

How to Make Lemonade

Making homemade lemonade is easier than expected. Simply follow a few steps for a refreshing drink.

recipe for making lemonade

Juice Your Lemons

To extract the maximum amount of juice from a lemon, begin by rolling it firmly on a flat surface like a counter. This will help loosen the juice and make it easier to extract. Cut the lemon in half lengthwise and then use your hands or a juicer to extract the juice.

Be sure to juice the lemons into a large measuring cup to accurately measure the amount of liquid.

Make a Simple Syrup

It’s easy to make simple syrup on the stove. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, and stir until sugar dissolves.

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Pour cold water into a pitcher, add lemon juice and pulp, and sweeten with simple syrup to taste.


Serve over ice and garnish each glass with a fresh lemon slice or candied lemon peel.

How to Store Fresh Lemonade

You can store your homemade lemonade in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days without adding ice, as it may water down the mixture. It’s better to add ice only when you’re about to serve it. If the lemonade is in an open pitcher, it’s recommended to cover it with storage wrap to keep it fresh for a longer time.


From a health perspective, this recipe has both positive and negative aspects. Positives:

  1. The main ingredient, lemons, are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, which can boost immunity and promote overall health.
  2. The recipe uses water as a base, which is essential for hydration and overall well-being.
  3. By making your own lemonade, you have control over the amount of sugar added, which can help reduce overall sugar intake compared to store-bought versions.
  1. The recipe calls for a significant amount of sugar (1 ¾ cups), which can contribute to excessive calorie intake and may not be suitable for individuals with diabetes or those watching their sugar intake.
  2. While lemonade can be a refreshing beverage, consuming it regularly in large quantities may lead to dental issues due to its acidic nature.
Overall, while homemade lemonade can be a healthier alternative to store-bought versions, it's essential to be mindful of the added sugar and consume it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Jenny Dobrynina
Jenny Dobrynina
Nutrition Editor
Health score:
6 / 10
Best Homemade Lemonade Ever
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Indulge in the perfect blend of sweet and sour with this easy-to-make recipe for lemonade. Served chilled, this refreshing drink is sure to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.
recipe to make lemonade
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
10 8-ounce servings
Ingredients you will need
1 ¾ cups white sugar
1 cup water
9 medium lemons, or more as needed
7 cups ice-cold water
ice as needed
Let’s start !

1 Collect all the required ingredients.


2 Combine 1 cup of water and sugar in a saucepan. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture boils. Let it cool slightly.


3 First, roll the lemons around on your counter to soften them. Then, cut each lemon in half lengthwise and squeeze the juice into a liquid measuring cup. Make sure to add the pulp to the juice, but remove and discard any seeds. Keep juicing until you have 1 1/2 cups of fresh juice and pulp.


4 Pour 7 cups of ice-cold water into a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice and pulp, and add simple syrup to taste. Finally, add ice.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 10
Calories: 145
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Sodium 6mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 38g14%
Dietary Fiber 0g0%
Total Sugars 36g 
Protein 0g 
Vitamin C 17mg84%
Calcium 9mg1%
Potassium 48mg1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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When juicing lemons for your lemonade, consider rolling them firmly on your countertop before cutting and juicing. This simple trick helps break down the lemon's internal structure, making it easier to extract more juice. Additionally, to avoid the lemon seeds from making their way into your pitcher, use a strainer or a citrus juicer that catches the seeds as you squeeze the lemon. Lastly, if you prefer your lemonade on the sweeter side, you can adjust the sweetness by gradually adding the simple syrup to taste. Start with less, as you can always add more to reach your desired level of sweetness. With these tips and a pitcher of freshly made lemonade, you're all set to quench your thirst in style.

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