Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It’s a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Includes how to make lemonade concentrate!

Homemade lemonade is one of the most refreshing and easiest drinks to make and this recipe gives you that perfect sweet, yet tart drink we all love! Perfect for serving throughout the year, but it is especially refreshing during warmer months. We love it with everything from BBQ to hamburgers and grilled chicken. A definite favorite!

There are just a few simple tricks to make sure that your lemonade is absolutely perfect every time!

Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com

Fresh Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com

How to Make the Best Fresh Homemade Lemonade

This homemade lemonade recipe is so simple to make and have on hand. It only takes a few minutes to have a gallon of it made and ready for serving.

It is perfect for serving anytime, but especially delicious for picnics, parties, and get togethers. And thankfully, it couldn’t get much easier and you know exactly what is in it! No powdery mixes used! 🙂

Homemade Lemonade Ingredients

  • sugar
  • hot water
  • fresh lemon juice
  • cold water
  • lemon zest
  • lemon slices

Instructions

Add sugar. Start by adding your sugar to a large, gallon-size pitcher. If you do not have a gallon-size pitcher, you can easily cut this recipe in half or even double it for larger quantities.

Pour in the hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. This basically creates a simple syrup and prevents your lemonade from being grainy or with sugar that sinks to the bottom of the pitcher.

Stir in your fresh lemon juice and cold water. I also like to add fresh lemon zest to my lemonade recipe, it increases the lemon flavor even more!

Now you are ready to serve it! I love to serve with lemon slices and over ice.

Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com
Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com

How Long Does Lemonade Keep in the Refrigerator?

For best results, keep your lemonade refrigerated between servings. Not only does this make it more refreshing on a hot day, it keeps it fresher longer.

I’ve found that my lemonade stays fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If making in advance for a party, consider using my concentrate recipe or simply wait about adding the fresh lemon slices to the pitcher until right before serving.

Can I Make Sugar-Free Lemonade?

Yes! I love to make this recipe sugar-free! I use an equal amount of Splenda in place of the sugar for making sugar-free lemonade. You can use your favorite sugar substitute in place of the Splenda. I’ve just found for our tastes, Splenda works best here.

How to Make Lemonade Concentrate

Similar to my sweet tea concentrate, I love to make this as a concentrate as well! The concentrate requires less room in my refrigerator, is easier to transport when when traveling, and is great to make ahead and keep on hand!

To make lemonade concentrate, simply proceed through the recipe without adding the cold water and lemon slices.

Mix sugar and water. Add your sugar to a large pitcher and pour the hot water over over the sugar and stir to combine.

Add lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir well.

Pour into an airtight bottle.

Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How to Serve from Concentrate

To serve, simply add equal parts lemonade concentrate and cold water to a glass (for single servings) or a pitcher (for larger service).

Other Favorite Drinks

Sweet Tea

Strawberry Lemonade

Limeade

Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com

Here’s my Lemonade Recipe. I hope you enjoy it!

Lemonade Recipe - Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Makes the perfect cold drink and is such a family favorite! // addapinch.com

Fresh Lemonade Recipe

Refreshing homemade Fresh Lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It's a classic delicious drink perfect for any occasion! Includes how to make lemonade concentrate!
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Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Servings: 12
Course Drinks
Calories: 138kcal
Cuisine American
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 lemon sliced

Instructions

  • Add sugar to a gallon pitcher and pour hot water over sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add fresh lemon juice, cold water and lemon zest. Stir until well-combined. Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices, if desired.
  • Keep refrigerated

Lemonade Concentrate

  • Add sugar to a pitcher and pour hot water over sugar, stirring to dissolve. Add fresh lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir until well-combined. Pour into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator up to a week.
  • To serve, pour equal amounts of lemonade concentrate and water into a glass (single serving) or into a pitcher (for larger service). Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices, if desired.

Notes

Sugar-Free Lemonade: Use Splenda (or your favorite sugar substitute) in place of the sugar called for in this recipe. 

Nutrition Information

Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin C: 16.4mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Enjoy!
Robyn xo

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39 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. Absolutely! Just use the package directions for substitutions and it should work great!

  1. Robyn, this sounds so good! How many lemons would I need for 2 cups of juice? I love your recipes & have lots in my recipe app.

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Debbie,
      I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes! Thank you so much for using them! It means more than you’ll ever know! So, for lemons, it will definitely depend on the size of the lemon and some produce more juice than others. I like to place a lemon in the microwave for 8 to 10 seconds and then roll it on the countertop with the palm of my hand to release as much juice as possible. Then, once I cut it open, I use a citrus reamer or juicer to extract as much juice possible. With all that said, I estimate about 1/4 cup per lemon on average. Therefore, you’d need approximately 8 lemons, maybe 10 if they aren’t particularly juicy! 🙂 I hope that helps!

  2. I love lemonade especially when it is so hot out.
    Can’t buy the frozen stuff any more because I just can’t stand all that high fructose corn syrup. If I need something quick I buy it from Trader Joe’s. Usually I just make my own.

  3. Great refreshing summer drink.
    This is the only lemon drink during summer time in India people make it and drink multiple times everyday.
    Nice to see the same recipe.

  4. Robyn,
    Wow, Home Run!! I was looking for a fresh lemonade recipe and yous popped up on my search. This is just like my grandma used to make, brought back so many happy memories. Now I am able to have fresh lemonade ‘tea parties’ with my own granddaughter and continue the tradition. Thanks!! ❤

  5. I have a Meyer’s lemon tree and was wondering if this recipe would work. In the past I tried to make lemonade with just sugar and water and lemon juice but it was pretty bitter no matter how much sugar we added. Of course my granddaughter thought it was great cause she made it. So precious. Great memories.

    1. How lucky you are to have a Meyer’s lemon tree, Dolores! You certainly can use Meyer’s lemons for this recipe. Hope you and your granddaughter like it! xo

  6. Old school lemonade! I used to make this as a kid and sell it on the roadside. Brilliant recipe, the zest is what makes it even stronger. When I have an excess off my lemon tree i just throw the whole lemon in the freezer then microwave for eight seconds then roll. 
    Thank you for yr recipes, I use often.

    1. Hi Debby,
      You are so lucky to have your own lemon trees! I envy you. I bet the lemonade is even better made with fresh lemons off your tree! Thanks! xo

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