This fresh homemade lemonade recipe is quick and easy! Fresh squeezed homemade lemonade is a refreshing treat for everyone, especially on hot summer days!
Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe – How to make fresh lemonade
I love to make fresh squeezed lemonade but I never seem to be able to remember from one year to the next the proportions of the ingredients that make it taste best. With all of the hot days, I thought some of you might like an easy homemade lemonade recipe. I’m also including some ideas for extras that you can add to have something a little different for your lemonade!
This homemade lemonade recipe is extra sweet so you can cut back on the sugar if you like yours more tart. Adjust this recipe to your own tastes– more lemon, less lemon, more or less sugar, etc.
Add-ins (Extras that are good with fresh lemonade):
- Fresh berries
- Any flavor powdered drink mix (Kool-Aid), 1-2 Tbsp.
- Lemon extract for an extra twist
- Sprig of mint or slice of lemon
Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup sugar (more or less)
1 cup lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
Dash of salt
4–5 cups water
- Mix the 1 cup of water and sugar in a pan.
- Heat until sugar dissolves. This makes a simple syrup.
- Cool. (This syrup will keep in the fridge for a long time.)
- Mix the rest of the ingredients into the simple syrup to make the lemonade.
- To make the recipe even more quick and easy to prepare, you can skip making the simple syrup. Mix everything together and let it sit overnight or for a few hours and the sugar will dissolve without having to make the simple syrup.
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Here’s an easy variation for strawberry lemonade! You can make this strawberry lemonade starting with our fresh homemade lemonade recipe above or you can take a shortcut like our reader did and start with store-bought lemonade.
This easy idea was submitted by Sheri, a reader:
Easy Strawberry Lemonade
I have served strawberry lemonade for two or three wedding rehearsal dinners. I made up the lemonade and dropped in frozen strawberries to keep the lemonade cool without diluting it. You can also freeze the strawberries in a mold with lemonade to do the same thing. It is so simple and people like to have their own strawberries in their cups.
I buy the lemonade mix at Smart and Final in the gallon size, that makes up 6 gallons and I make 7 gallons with it. I get compliments on how refreshing my lemonade tastes because it is not as sweet as full strength. I have an empty gallon jug marked where to fill the concentrate to before adding water for one gallon of lemonade.
Here’s a trick to keep the lemonade cold when serving in the 5 gallon cooler jug (like an Igloo). Freeze a clean gallon milk jug with water. Drop that in the lemonade and keep another milk jug with water in the freezer for when the first one melts, then keep switching them out until the lemonade is gone. The lemonade stays cold and it doesn’t get diluted. And…I don’t outrun my ice maker!
Where we live, it’s nice to have something cold on tap outside. Since we don’t snack between meals and only have water to drink between meals, this is an occasional treat, especially when we have guests. It makes everyone feel special and gets them outside when the temperatures are in the 100’s. We have plenty of shade and water play to keep them cool too. There are just times when they have to go out to play!
Thank you for your ideas!