Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

A homemade, refreshingly, and tangy Easy Lemonade Recipe to keep you cool all summer long. A classic delicious drink made with fresh lemons and guaranteed to quench your thirst during the hot summer months.

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Living in the south means it’s hot during the summer. We are talking 95-100 degrees most days, so this simple lemonade recipe is right on time. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and tart, using lemons, sugar, and water. This recipe makes a gallon of delicious tart and tangy lemon juice, so you will have plenty to share. 

Classic Lemonade never goes out of style and is always welcomed at home, at picnics, gatherings, or the hayfield. You won’t believe how easy it is to make, and once you try it, you will be hooked forever. If you are a strawberry fan, you have to try my Strawberry Lemonade. So good!

Homemade Lemonade Ingredients

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  • sugar
  • water
  • fresh lemon juice
  • sliced lemon (optional)

How to Make the Best Fresh Homemade Lemonade

  1. Make the simple syrup: Simmer 2 cups of water and 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature. 
  2. Juice lemons: It usually takes about 8-10 medium-size lemons to equal 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice. 
  3. Make the Lemonade: To a gallon pitcher, add simple syrup, lemon juice, and cold water to fill the pitcher. Stir until mixed well. Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices.

Tips for Making the Best Squeezed Lemonade

  • Make a simple syrup first by bringing sugar and water to a simmer. This dissolves the sugar and keeps it from sinking to the bottom of the pitcher when mixed with other ingredients.
  • Use Fresh Lemons. Fresh lemons are always best, but bottled lemon juice will work in a pinch.
  • Refrigerate before serving. Cold Lemonade is always better.

How to Store Fresh Lemonade

Store lemonade in the refrigerator. Add ice to each glass before serving. To make it fancy, cut some lemon wedges to add to the top of each glass.

How Long Will Fresh Lemonade Last in the Refrigerator?

This depends on how thirsty your bunch might be and how fast they drink it. But, typically, it will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator. Mine hardly ever does, especially during the hot summer months. 

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Some Summer Salads to Serve with Fresh Homemade Lemonade

Southern Creamy Potato Salad— A southern classic –Southern Creamy Potato Salad made with simple ingredients and ready in no time. It is full of creamy potatoes, mayonnaise, boiled eggs, sweet pickles, and a little kick of heat.

Easy Corn Salad with Jalapenos–Mexican Corn Salad with Jalapenos is the perfect side dish for any night of the week, holiday, or summertime cookout. This recipe comes together super fast and will be chilling in your refrigerator in no time.

Caprese Stacks— Fresh ingredients go into this dish–thick slices of tomatoes, mozzarella, and fresh basil leaves are drizzled with olive oil, lightly dusted with salt and pepper, and finally topped with a balsamic glaze. So simple yet so incredibly perfect for serving your family, friends, or dinner party guest.

Mixed Bean Salad–Mixed Bean Salad–kidney beans, black beans, onion, tomatoes, vinegar, and oil. A simple, delightful, and very satisfying salad that is bursting with flavor. This salad only has 6 ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to throw together. It’s healthy and delicious!

Classic Chicken Salad— Of all of the chicken salads I have ever eaten, this Classic Chicken Salad is still my favorite. It’s simple yet delicious and is perfect for potlucks, barbecues, or just because you like chicken salad.

Bacon and Broccoli Salad-– It is so easy to throw together, and in just minutes you will have a delicious side for a pot luck, holiday, dinner, or a cookout. You can’t go wrong with this dish. It may become a family favorite for you as well.

Recipe FAQ’s

If you are in a pinch, bottled lemon juice will work. Fresh is better, so much better, but when you need lemonade- you need lemonade.

If you like extra tart lemonade, just use more lemon juice. Squeeze a few more lemons and taste until you get the desired tartness.

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Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Gina Abernathy
A homemade, refreshingly, and tangy Easy Lemonade Recipe to keep you cool all summer long. A classic delicious drink made with fresh lemons and guaranteed to quench your thirst during the hot summer months.
5 from 16 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water plus more to fill the pitcher about 10 cups
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice 8-10 medium lemons
  • 1 lemon sliced-optional

Instructions
 

  • Make the simple syrup: Simmer 2 cups of water and 2 1/2 cups of sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Cool to room temperature. 
  • Juice lemons: It usually takes about 8-10 medium-size lemons to equal 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
  • Make the Lemonade: To a gallon pitcher, add simple syrup, lemon juice, and cold water to fill the pitcher. Stir until mixed well. Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices.
Keyword Fresh Lemonade, Homemade Lemonade Recipe

18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Making a simple syrup is so smart! Now I now what I will be making all summer with the lemons from our tree!

  2. 5 stars
    This lemonade was so darn delicious! What a wonderful way to celebrate the hot weather we’ve been having!

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