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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

This time of year, we all need to enjoy a tasty cool down like this Homemade Lemonade Recipe. This classic summertime drink is so refreshing, and it’s sure to revitalize you on a sultry afternoon.

Southern style Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

There’s nothing like seeing a pitcher of lemonade or homemade sweet tea on the table for summertime sipping. Whether you make my seasonal sweet peach tea using frozen peaches as ice, or you’re more of a classic sweet tea drinker, it’s satisfying nonetheless on a sultry day. See how to make classic sweet tea here on Southern Living.


Homemade Lemonade Recipe ingredients

How to Make the Best Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade is super simple to make but, I want to mention a few tips for your lemonade making success.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make easy homemade Lemonade: Granulated sugar, filtered water and lemon juice to make the simple syrup. To make the lemonade, freshly squeezed lemon juice, filtered water and lemon slices and fresh mint for serving.
  • Kitchen gadgets you’ll need: A small saucepan to make the simple lemon syrup, a pitcher, measuring cups, a large wooden spoon or similar for stirring, a sharp knife to cut the lemons and a lemon juicer.
  • Taking the time to make a simple syrup ensures the lemonade will be fully sweetened without any gritty sugar floating in the lemonade. A simple syrup is simply equal parts sugar and water cooked together until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Skip bottled lemon juice and use freshly squeezed lemons for the most authentic taste.
  • Allow ample time for the lemonade to chill before serving.
  • Lemonade can be saved up to 3 days in the refrigerator, but should you use sparkling water, it will become flat. Add sparkling water just before serving.
  • Sparkling water can be substituted for filtered water, if desired.
  • If you plan to make it ahead, it is best to wait to add in the sparkling water until ready to enjoy or replace the sparkling water with regular drinking water.
  • You can add fresh or frozen fruit to the lemonade to make other flavors, if preferred. Some examples are strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and mint.
  • Keep lemonade thoroughly chilled in the refrigerator and it will last for several days.

easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

More Southern Style Drink Recipes to Make

Fun drinks can easily be made family friendly or turned into adult only versions adding alcohol of choice. A few other drinks you may consider:

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Chill time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade-lemonade-recipe, lemonade-recipe
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 170kcal


  • Simple Syrup:
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • Lemonade:
  • 4 cups filtered water (may adjust to taste) (or sparkling water)
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 2 medium lemons thinly sliced
  • ice, additional lemon slices and mint for serving


  • On the stovetop in a small saucepan over medium high heat mix together sugar, water and lemon juice. Heat, stirring until sugar has fully dissolved, then remove from heat.
  • Add to a one gallon pitcher with water, lemon juice and sliced lemon. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours.
  • Just before serving, add ice and serve with additional lemon slices and mint for garnishing, if desired.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Vitamin C: 44mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. not actually a comment, but a request: looking for a lemonade recipe sweetened with maple syrup or agave syrup that keeps it’s light lemon color (no artificial coloring).

  2. Hi! This looks delicious and easy! About how many lemons do you think would be needed for this? Could we substitute bottled lemon juice?

    1. You need a good amount of lemons for lemonade, likely 10 large ones for the juice, plus slices. Yes, you could use bottled, if that’s your preference.

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