Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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Homemade Lemonade – Nothing beats fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Fresh lemons are so much better than any powder or mix there is!

Lemonade is a classic summer drink.  If you want to spike it, this Blue Vodka Lemonade is a fun version.  But there is just something about fresh lemonade on a hot summer day. 

My entire life I have relied on the powdered mix to make a pitcher of lemonade. But man, have I been missing out.  Fresh squeezed lemonade is so much better!  Real lemons make all the difference!!  Kind of like in a Classic Margarita, you really need to use real limes. 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade - perfectly refreshing for a hot summer day!


The best thing about this homemade lemonade recipe is you can make it as sweet or as tart as you like.  If you enjoy really a tart lemonade just cut back on the sugar.  But if you like it sweeter than you can add more. It is worth the effort to squeeze a few lemons to be able to enjoy of class of this while grilling up a Spicy Bacon Cheeseburger on the weekend. 

Plus there are so many great cocktails you can make that have involve lemonade.  This Mixed Beery Lemonade is a favorite for summer. 

Cool down in summer with a tall glass of Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

How to Make Homemade Lemonade

  • The first step is to make a simple syrup.  This ensures that the sugar is completely dissolved and your lemonade is not gritty at all.  Just boil sugar and water together for a few minutes to thicken.  You can make this in a big batch and store in the fridge until you are ready to use. 
  • Next up you need to squeeze all the lemons. It is best to squeeze them into a liquid measuring cup and then strain away the seeds and pulp. 
  • In a large pitcher combine the simple syrup, lemon juice and cold water.  Stir until it is well combined and then store in the fridge.  You can serve over ice immediately, you just want to make sure it is nice and cold. 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade - so refreshing, and much easier to make than you think!

Making fresh lemonade is actually a lot easier than you might think.  There are just a couple of steps, and some cooling involved.  So there isn’t the instant gratification of the powdered mix.  But, it is so much better, that is makes it worth it. 

You have to try this lemonade at least one time this summer.  It is perfect to sip on while grilling burgers, and watching the kids play in the backyard.

Homemade Lemonade - Nothing beats fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Fresh lemons are so much better than any powder or mix there is!

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5 from 1 vote

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

By Erin
Homemade Lemonade - Nothing beats fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day. Fresh lemons are so much better than any powder or mix there is!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, , strained if desired
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 3 cups cold water


  • In a small sauce pan bring 1 cup of water to a simmer. Stir in sugar, and remove from heat. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  • In a pitcher combine lemon juice, the sugar mixture, and cold water. Stir.
  • Store in fridge, and serve over ice.


Use more or less sugar depending on how tart or sweet you like it.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 159kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 39g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Drink Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 159
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  1. Ooooh, there’s nothing better than fresh squeezed lemonade. I love the stuff. I never get the amount of sugar right though so I’m grateful to you for figuring it out for me. 🙂

  2. There is nothing better than freshly squeezed lemonade, as far as I am concerned, when you are seriously thirsty. I realize I never had a ‘real’ recipe for it. My life is complete now. lol.

  3. Nothing like enjoying fresh squeezed lemon juice on a hot summer day! Brings back so many childhood memories! Perfect way to enjoy summer!

  4. What a cool, refreshing and crisp drink for summer!!!! My kids will love making this for their lemonade stand!