|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 85g||31%|
|Dietary Fiber 7g||27%|
|Total Sugars 66g|
|Vitamin C 156mg||778%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Lemonade is a beloved refreshment, and for good reason. It's the perfect balance of sweet and tart, making it extremely refreshing on a hot day. It's also very easy to make at home, requiring only three basic ingredients and a few minutes of your time. You'll never reach for bottled lemonade at the store again—nevermind the powdered and frozen stuff.
This recipe makes one pitcher of lemonade or about six servings. It's easy to scale it up or down depending on the size of your party. Feel free to adjust the sugar to make a more or less sweet lemonade, and enjoy it as-is or mix it into iced tea, punch, or even mixed drinks. Serve homemade lemonade at your next barbecue, pool party, or picnic to thirsty guests of all ages. It's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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"Lemonade is that special drink that brings you right back to childhood. Mixing sugar, freshly squeezed lemon juice and water will give you a fresh, refreshing beverage that the whole family will enjoy. You could even add in some fresh berries or fruit if you are in the mood for some color and flavor." —Tracy Wilk
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
6 cups cold water, divided
5 to 8 lemons (1 cup of juice)
Lemon slices or fresh mint, garnish
Steps to Make It
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium (2- or 3-quart) saucepan, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until all the sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat and pour into a heat-safe container like a jar. Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate the simple syrup while you make the rest of the lemonade.
Juice the lemons and strain the juice. You want 1 cup of fresh lemon juice.
In a pitcher, add the lemon juice to the remaining 5 cups of cold water.
Stir in the refrigerated simple syrup.
Serve in ice-filled glasses, garnishing with lemon slices or fresh mint, and enjoy.
How to Store and Freeze
- Store lemonade in a covered container (such as a bottle) in the fridge for up to 5 days. If making ahead, aim for mixing up your lemonade up to a day before for the freshest lemon flavor.
- You can freeze leftover lemonade in an airtight, freezer-safe container, leaving an inch of headroom. It will last for up to 6 months.
- Try freezing lemonade in an ice tray. Once frozen, transfer to a zip-top freezer bag and use as a flavorful way to cool down iced tea, water, or even more lemonade.
- Always use fresh lemons for lemonade, not bottled juice.
- If you're making a small amount of lemonade, you can simply squeeze the lemons by hand. Roll the whole fruit on the counter first, slice in half, and squeeze over a strainer. Reamers and juicers are good options for squeezing several lemons.
- You can make the simple syrup for lemonade up to a week or two ahead of time and stash it in the fridge. Consider making extra for use in iced coffee and tea, cocktails, and more.
- You can easily adjust the sweetness of the lemonade by adding less sugar. For a little more pucker, start with 3/4 to 1 cup of sugar.
- You can also adjust the strength by adding less water. If you think you'd like a stronger lemonade or plan on adding lots of ice, try adding 3 or 4 cups of water to the juice and simple syrup and taste.
- To make this refined sugar-free, make the simple syrup using 1 1/2 cups honey to 1 cup water. Or replace the sugar with a cup-for-cup sugar substitute.
- If using Meyer lemons, you may want to reduce the sugar a bit since they aren't quite as tart.
- Make a sparkling lemonade by swapping half of the water for sparkling water.
- Add fresh fruit to make watermelon lemonade and blueberry lemonade.
- Add herbs or spices to make ginger lemonade and lavender lemonade.
- You can also add alcohol to lemonade to make spiked lemonade or use it to make mixed drinks like a refreshing shandy.