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A classic drink with only 3 main ingredients this Lemonade Recipe is a perfect spring and summer thirst quencher that you will not be able to get enough of.

Straight on photo of Lemonade Recipe on tray with pitcher in background.

I love drinks all year long, but when the warmer months come around some of the best drink recipes come out and that includes this Lemonade Recipe.

Completely homemade and absolutely delicious this is one recipe that you will want to make over and over again. We usually keep a pitcher of this in our refrigerator all summer long.

You will not believe how easy this Lemonade Recipe is, with only 3 ingredients and minimal time to prep (minus the chilling time) it comes together so effortlessly.

With no artificial flavors and totally made from scratch, you will not want to make Lemonade any other way after you make this recipe, I promise.

This is a great recipe for the whole family, everyone loves it and we have been making it this way for many years with no alterations, this is how I was taught, and wouldn’t change a thing!

Some of my other favorite drinks we have on our site include: Hibiscus Tea, Peach Arnold Palmer and Strawberry Lemonade Iced Tea.

Overhead of glass of the Lemonade Recipe in glas with lemon and mint garnish.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  • This makes a large pitcher, but can easily be doubled.
  • Other flavors can be made!
  • This is a great easy recipe that even kids can make.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (FULL RECIPE BELOW):

Water
Granulated sugar
Lemon juice

Ingredients needed to make Lemonade.

HOW TO MAKE A LEMONADE RECIPE:

  1. Place half of the water into a small saucepan with the sugar. Place over medium heat and whisk to combine.
  2. Continue to whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. You know it is fully dissolved when the mixture becomes crystal clear like water. Take off the heat.
  3. In a large pitcher add the remaining 2 cups of water.
  4. Juice the lemons and strain it if you don’t want any pulp add this to the pitcher. 
  5. Pour in the sugar water, stir to combine.
  6. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until chilled. Serve over ice.

Step by step photos on how to make a Lemonade Recipe.

DO I HAVE TO USE FRESH LEMON JUICE?

Yes absolutely, DO NOT use bottled lemon juice for this recipe. For the measurements in this recipe, it equates to about 6 whole lemons.

WHAT IS THE FLAVOR OF THIS LEMONADE?

This is a sweeter lemonade and I like it to my preference. If you like a more tart lemonade, only use 1 ¼ cup of sugar, everything else will stay the same.

CAN THIS BE MADE IN OTHER FLAVORS?

Absolutely! That is the fun part of making this recipe is that you can use other fruit to give it another “ade” type of recipe.

To make pink lemonade you can add a couple of tablespoons of grenadine until you get your desired color.

You can also use this ratio for limeade or grapefruitade. If you want to make orangeade, I would cut the sugar in half since oranges are naturally sweet. You can also use a mix of citrus juices for a fun twist!

Two glasses of the Lemonade REcipe no metal tray with ice and lemons.

HOW TO STORE:

This can be stored covered in the refrigerator where it will last for up to 10 days. I only suggest pouring this over ice to serve and not adding ice directly to the pitcher. This will water down the lemonade.

TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Make sure that you only use real lemon juice and not bottled.
  • You can easily double this recipe to make more.
  • Other flavors can be made, see some ideas above.
  • This does need to chill for at least 2 hours to cool down before serving.
  • Do not prepare this in the pitcher, the ice will water it down, serve over ice in a glass when you are ready to serve.

Hand holding up one glass of Lemonade.

Looking for that perfect drink to cool you down in these warmer months? You need not look any further, this Lemonade Recipe is all you need.

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5 from 6 votes

Lemonade Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 10 minutes
A classic drink with only 3 main ingredients this Lemonade Recipe is a perfect spring and summer thirst quencher that you will not be able to get enough of.
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Place half of the water into a small saucepan with the sugar. Place over medium heat and whisk to combine.
  • Continue to whisk until the sugar is fully dissolved. You know it is fully dissolved when the mixture becomes crystal clear like water. Take off the heat.
  • In a large pitcher add the remaining 2 cups of water.
  • Juice the lemons and strain it if you don’t want any pulp add this to the pitcher.
  • Pour in the sugar water, stir to combine.
  • Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until chilled. Serve over ice.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal | Carbohydrates: 92g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 80mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 89g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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