How to Make Homemade Lemonade

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Learn how to make old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade that will blow your mind! It’s very easy. We’ve even included instructions for sugar-free lemonade, honey lemonade, and how to easily make flavored lemonade using the same recipe.

On a hot summer day, there’s nothing better than a tall glass of freshly squeezed homemade lemonade. This is the most refreshing drink. It’s easy to make a big batch and freeze and enjoy all summer long. Classic old-fashioned lemonade is made with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and simple syrup. Some people make lemonade by simply adding sugar to lemon juice and water, but this can lead to graininess and separation. The best homemade lemonades use simple syrup for sweetness. Simple syrup won’t separate. We even include options on how to make simple syrup using honey or stevia.

Simple Syrup:

Simple syrup is used as a sweetener in beverages and baked goods. It’s much easier to mix simple syrup with cold drinks than pure sugar.

Homemade lemonade starts with making a simple syrup. This will allow you to sweeten the lemon juice from freshly squeezed lemons without dissolving the sugar. The last thing you want is sandy lemonade or lemonade where the sugar separates and sinks to the bottom.

Lemonade with Honey:

Dissolve equal parts honey and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. So for every 1 cup of honey, use 1 cup of water. This creates a simple syrup using honey instead of sugar. Then simply combine equal parts fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make lemonade concentrate.

Sugar Free Lemonade:

For sugar-free lemonade, use powdered stevia. Stevia is a strong natural sweetener. Dissolve 1/4 cup of stevia powder in 2 cups of water in a saucepan over medium heat. Combine this mixture with 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice to make lemonade concentrate.

Fresh-squeezed and bottled lemon juice:

Fresh-squeezed lemon juice has a brighter, purer flavor and is the first choice for lemonade. Bottled lemon juice tastes stale and sometimes has a bitter and chemical taste. Any variety of lemon can be used to make lemonade, including Meyer lemons, which have a distinctive sweetness.

Flavored Lemonade:

This recipe teaches you how to make your own plain lemonade, but you can use the same recipe to make a variety of flavors. Want Strawberry Lemonade? Add a pound of hulled strawberries to the prepared lemonade and blend in a blender. Raspberry lemonade? do the same thing! It’s easy to mix and match a variety of fruit and flavor combinations to quench your thirst with this old-fashioned treat.

Adjust sweet and sour

Simple syrup has a specific ratio of water to sugar. If you want to adjust the sweetness of this recipe, don’t change the simple syrup ratio. Instead, you’ll need to adjust the ratio of simple syrup to lemon juice. For a more tart lemonade, use more lemon juice. Alternatively, you can add less simple syrup to the lemon juice. Once you have lemonade concentrate (a mixture of simple syrup and lemon juice), you add water to taste. At this point, you can dilute the lemonade however you like, depending on your personal taste preferences.

Homemade lemonade served in a glass with a metal straw and a lemon slice.

Freezing Instructions:

In this recipe, you make lemonade concentrate by mixing simple syrup with lemon juice. Lemonade concentrate can be frozen for later use. Pour the cooled lemonade concentrate into a gallon-sized ziplock bag and store flat in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, thaw and add water to taste.

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Homemade lemonade in a glass jar.

Learn how to make old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed homemade lemonade that will blow your mind! It’s very easy. We’ve even included instructions for sugar-free lemonade, honey lemonade, and how to easily make flavored lemonade using the same recipe.

Preparation time 15 minute

total time 15 minute

raw material

  • 5 pound lemon
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 cup sugar*

instruct

  • Cut the lemon in half. Juice each lemon through a strainer into a measuring cup. Continue to juice until you have 2 cups of lemon juice.

  • Pour water into a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in sugar. Continue cooking over high heat until the sugar dissolves and the liquid runs clear again.

  • Mix the sugar solution with lemon juice to make lemonade concentrate.

  • When ready to serve, add water to the lemon juice concentrate to taste. For a thicker lemonade, add less water. For a less sweet, more tart lemonade, adjust the ratio of simple syrup to lemon juice by adding more lemon juice or less simple syrup.

notes

Freezing Instructions: Lemonade concentrate can be frozen for later use. Just pour it into a gallon-size zip-top bag and store flat in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw and add water to taste.
Honey Lemonade: Replace the sugar in this recipe with 2 cups of honey.
Sugar Free Lemonade: Replace the sugar in this recipe with 1/4 cup of powdered stevia.
Flavored Lemonade: You can make a variety of flavors using the same recipe. Want Strawberry Lemonade? Add a pound of hulled strawberries to the prepared lemonade and blend in a blender. Raspberry lemonade? do the same thing! It’s easy to mix and match a variety of fruit and flavor combinations to quench your thirst with this old-fashioned treat.

Serve: 1cup | Calories: 275kcal | carbohydrate: 76G | protein: 3G | sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 391mg | fiber: 7G | sugar: 56G | Vitamin A: 60unit | Vitamin C: 150.2mg | calcium: 76mg | iron: 1.7mg