If you are looking for the best Homemade lemonade recipe this is it. This refreshing summer drink is super easy to make! With only 3 simple ingredients you can make homemade lemonade that the whole family will love! This homemade lemonade is made with fresh lemons and is the perfect lemonade recipe!
Homemade Lemonade Recipe
If you are looking for a fresh homemade lemonade recipe then you are in luck! This fresh lemonade recipe is a family favorite. My kids are always asking to make lemonade once the warm weather hits. I have to agree with them because warm weather puts me in the mood for a cold glass of lemonade.
I like this simple Homemade Lemonade recipe because it brings out the sourness in the lemons while not being too sour to enjoy. This is seriously the best lemonade recipe ever. It has the perfect balance of flavors and is perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day. If you are like us then you will be making it all the time once you make it the first time!
One of our favorite summer time dessert treats is brownies and fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade. We make homemade brownies, and a batch of fresh lemonade and sit on the deck enjoying the weather and talking to each other. This simple recipe is the perfect drink for a hot summer day or just because you want a tasty drink.
I’m not a fan of the powdered lemonade mixes, it is just too sweet for me, and let’s be honest, nothing is better than fresh lemonade on a hot day. Anytime the kids want lemonade I make this easy homemade lemonade recipe.
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Why you will love this recipe
Easy to make. This fresh Squeezed Lemonade is so easy to make and it is so refreshing when you drink it on a hot summer day. My kids ask me to make this so often, that I normally make a double or triple batch of this lemonade. Not that it actually lasts much longer because the more I make the more they drink!
Perfect Lemon Flavor. The balance of flavors in this easy recipe are perfect. This recipe is made with fresh lemon juice, sugar and water
Use in other recipes. It is also great to use in this fresh fruit layered slushie recipe and Unicorn Lemonade. This watermelon lemonade is also another one of my favorite summer drinks.
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Make it fancy. If you want to get fancy you can make some lemon sugar and dip the rim of the glasses in it before pouring your homemade lemonade into the glass. You can also add some lemon slices, and fresh mint leaves to dress it up.
Make it Boozy. You can also easily turn this into a lemonade cocktail by adding a splash of vodka! But keep that pitcher just for the moms and dads!
Like it tart? Use less sugar.
Make it low carb. Use sugar alternative instead of sugar to make this a sugar-free lemonade.
Want stronger flavors? Use less water and also keep in mind that when you add ice and it melts while you are drinking it that will add more water to the drink.
Add fresh berries. If you want to add fresh berries to float in the lemonade you totally can, it adds a pretty look and tastes great too!
How is homemade lemonade sweetened?
To sweeten this fresh squeezed lemonade recipe I use a simple syrup (also known as sugar syrup) so the sugar will completely dissolve. Simple syrup is when you boil equal parts of sugar into the water.
How to Squeeze Lemons Easily
I have said in the past that I am in LOVE with my KitchenAid Mixer and use it all the time, what you might not know is that there is an amazing KitchenAid Juicer attachment that is perfect for making lemonade! Using this attachment is an easy way to squeeze lemons, it makes it so much easier to squeeze all of those lemons than doing it by hand!
When making this lemonade I find it easies to use a lemon juicer instead of my hands, however, you can squeeze the lemons whichever way makes your heart happy.
How do you make lemonade less bitter?
If you find your lemonade bitter you can sweeten it with additional sugar or honey. It is important when squeezing the lemons that you do not get any of the white parts of the lemon in it, that part is very bitter and will make the lemonade bitter.
How to Store Homemade Lemonade
After making the homemade lemonade store it in the fridge in a pitcher without ice. Homemade lemonade will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days.
Can you freeze lemonade?
You can freeze homemade lemonade. In fact, I like to use homemade lemonade to make ice cubes so when I add them to my homemade lemonade I don’t dilute the flavor.
To make lemonade ice cubes pour the lemonade into an ice cube tray. Put the tray in the freezer and freeze for 3-4 hours until they are frozen.
If you want to freeze a lemonade concentrate to thaw and make lemonade later make the simple syrup and pour the simple syrup and the lemon juice together and mix well. Then pour the lemonade concentrate into an airtight container or a freezer safe zip close bag and store it in the freezer. Lemonade concentrate will keep for up to 6 months in the freezer.
When it is time to make lemonade thaw the lemonade concentrate and mix with 3.5 cups of water and the fruit of choice if desired.
Easy Lemonade Recipe Ingredients
- granulated white sugar
- cold water
- fresh squeezed lemon juice – you will need 20-24 large lemons
How to Make Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
In a medium sauce pot add the sugar and water and then put the pot on the stove over medium-high heat.
Bring the sugar and 1.5 cups of water to a boil and stir until the sugar dissolves.
Once it is boiling, remove it from the heat and set it aside and let it cool.
Squeeze your lemons into a bowl.
In a large pitcher combine the rest of the water, the sugar and water mixture, and the lemon juice and mix well.
Serve over ice.
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Homemade Lemonade Recipe
- 1 1/2 cup of sugar
- 9 cups of water
- 1 1/2 cup of lemon
- Heat your stove on medium heat and get a medium sized pot. In the pot add the sugar and the water.
- Bring sugar and 1 1/2 cups water to a boil.
- Set aside and let it cool.
- Squeeze your lemons.
- Get a large pitcher and combine the rest of the water, simple syrup and lemon juice.
- Grab a glass and serve over ice.
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Comments & Reviews
What do you mean by 1 1/2 cup of lemon? Is that 1 1/2 lemons or did you mean 1 1/2 cups worth of squeezed lemon juice?
worth of juice
Lorie Jones says
I have a question. What exactly is simple sugar?
It is the boiled water and sugar mixture.