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It’s easy to make homemade lemonade! Learn how to make lemonade: old fashioned, freshly squeezed homemade lemonade recipe using real lemons.

Homemade Lemonade in a glass pitcher with sliced fresh lemons

There’s nothing quite like a big glass of freshly squeezed homemade lemonade on a hot summer day. It’s the ultimate refreshing beverage. I once had some men working on my house, preparing it for a sale, and I brought them out big glasses of lemonade. They were blown away by how good it was! They thought I must have slaved over it for hours, but really, it takes just 15 minutes to make your own. So why wouldn’t you? It’s amazing!

How do you make homemade fresh squeezed lemonade?

Homemade lemonade starts by making a simple syrup base. This will allow you to sweeten the lemon juice from your freshly squeezed lemons without any problems getting the sugar to dissolve. The last thing you want is a gritty lemonade!

How do you make homemade 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 will form a simple syrup using honey, rather than sugar. Then simply mix in equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a lemonade concentrate.

How do you make sugar free lemonade?

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

Homemade Lemonade in a glass mug with a metal straw and a sliced lemon.

What is a simple syrup used for?

Simple syrup is used as a sweetener in drinks and baked goods. It is significantly easier to blend a simple syrup with cold drinks than it is to blend in straight sugar.

HOW TO MAKE FLAVORED LEMONADE: This recipe teaches you how to make your own plain lemonade, but you can use this same recipe to make a variety of flavors. Want strawberry lemonade? Add in a pound of hulled strawberries and blend it in a blender. Raspberry lemonade? Do the same thing! It’s easy to mix and match various fruits and flavor combinations to quench your thirst with this old fashioned treat.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

Homemade Lemonade in a glass pitcher.
Learn how to make old fashioned, freshly squeeze homemade lemonade using real lemons.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
  • 5 lbs lemons
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar*
  • Cut lemons in half. Juice each lemon through a strainer into a large measuring cup. Keep juicing until you have 2 cups of lemon juice.
  • Pour water into a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in sugar. Continue cooking over heat until sugar is dissolved and liquid looks clear again.
  • Combine sugar solution with lemon juice. This is a lemonade concentrate. When ready to serve, add water to taste.
The lemonade concentrate can be frozen for later use. Just pour it into a gallon-sized ziploc bag and lay flat in the freezer. When ready to serve, thaw, and add water to taste.
For lemonade using honey in place of sugar, simply replace the sugar with 2 cups of honey.
For sugar-free lemonade, replace the sugar in this recipe with 1/4 cup stevia powder.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 391mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 56g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 150.2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 1.7mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Lemonade
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May 31, 2020 4:36 pm

5 stars
Made this recipe tonight with the help of my children.
So fun easy to make. Much better than that store bought concentrated stuff!

Ellie Larson
May 27, 2020 7:10 pm

5 stars
Ive made this twice and the 1st time was last summer! My husband lovedddd it! I just made some a few minutes ago and its delicious! This will be made several more times! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I look forward to trying a few of your other recipes. You are a rockstar!! Keep sharing! 😁

July 6, 2019 11:12 pm

5 stars
I made this yesterday for my family and it turned out absolutely delicious! It took about 10 lemons for me to get enough lemon juice and I like to dilute it to 50% concentrate and 50% water when I drink it, although my family prefers 2/3 water and 1/3 concentrate – I love that your recipe allows for this variability!

Brenda Summers
May 14, 2019 2:23 pm

5 stars
This lemonade is absolutely delicious! Thank you for this recipe and all the others that I have seen. I truly love watching your videos. Keep up the good work!

Brenda Combs
June 18, 2019 7:28 am
Reply to  Brenda Summers

5 stars
Delicious recipe for lemonade. For my son’t birthday party I added halved maraschino cherries and a bit of the juice from the
bottle which added to the flavor and gave a pretty slightly pink color to the lemonade, I served the drink with a whole cherry on the stem and a slice of lemon…so pretty!

Brenda Summers
May 11, 2019 1:09 pm

I’m sitting here enjoying a tall glass of the best lemonade I’ve had in a long time! It’s so delicious! Thank you for the recipe. And thank you for all of your videos. I love watching them and making a lot of the recipes. You are a beautiful person!,!

April 28, 2019 7:31 am

5 stars
Absolutely delicious! A family favorite here at my house.

Kimberly Suiogan
August 1, 2018 6:26 pm

Rachel Farnsworth I just watched your video you shared about being criticized for you, your hair color, etc. and you touched my heart ? you are beautiful inside and out! I agree ?% with you sister. I’m learning to accept myself, my body and everything God has given me as a gift about me and be thankful I’m alive and get to live today and be around and see the people I love. I’m sorry for the words we as humans say that hurt and wound others like you and we say mean things about ourselves too. God bless you… Read more »

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July 11, 2018 5:28 pm

5 stars
I only had 3 lbs of lemons but it made almost two cups. I topped it off with some limes I had. I think if the lemons are room temperature and not too old, one doesn’t need 5 lbs. I live where lemons do not grow so I imagine people with lemon trees need even less pounds of ripe lemons. My husband loves to add bubbly water (eg. club soda) to this the concentrate! As he likes it tart, I juice a little more than 2 cups.

June 11, 2018 7:35 am

This lemonade was amazing……puts store bought to shame. So easy and absolutely delicious. I will be making this all summer and bringing it to our daughter and son-in-laws 4th of July party in a few weeks. Thanks for sharing. On another note, I have been following your blog for a couple of years now. For some reason, when I typed in your blog name yesterday, it brought me to your Facebook video about a comment on your gray hair!?! I don’t have Facebook or I would have commented there. However, I was able to view the video. All I have… Read more »

June 1, 2018 3:10 pm

5 stars
You forgot to add the asterisk to your notes from the sugar*

For those throwing away lemons, so sad. Wish you all lived near me, I sure could use some. How about donating somewhere or advertising to your family, friends and neighbors that they are available after you get all you need.

I can see this being quite handy this summer for my grand children for whom I want to show how to get away from sugar and still enjoy great food and drinks. Thanks!

May 5, 2018 10:01 pm

5 stars
Fabulous recipe and a great hit with family and friends, thank you!
I have a tree with heaps of limes can the same recipe be used or do you have one?

Julie Snell
April 21, 2018 10:15 pm

How many lemons does it take to make this recipe?

April 10, 2018 10:03 am

5 stars
I too have the problem (?) of too many lemons. On another website I discovered lemons, limes and oranges can all be frozen whole. They will be mushy when thawed, but the juice produced is abundant. You can also zest the frozen fruit (really easy with micro-plane) and either return the whole fruit (minus zest) to the freezer or juice it. No more juicing a mountain of lemons and ending up with a bunch of frozen lemon juice cubes. Saves a bunch of time and I am not throwing out as many lemons.

Lynn Nuebel
April 15, 2018 12:23 pm
Reply to  Caran

5 stars
Great to know. Thanks for that input!

May 3, 2018 10:46 am
Reply to  Caran

5 stars
I just processed 4 pints of pure lemon juice in Ball canning jars. Each jar will make 1/2 gallon or more with this recipe and won’t take up real estate in my freezer. Good for 12 – 18 months!

March 11, 2018 4:41 pm

Thanks, I came on her to get refreshed! Lol, I’ve made many times but never remember ratio,juice, Sugar, water. My lemon tree probably gets 200 lemons every year. At least it seems like that many,and I try and give away as many as I can because I can only freeze so much. My Son and I were hand juicing them,time consuming! Bought a nice juicer but you can’t put whole citrus in it! Damn! I found an electric juicer at Target for $13 what a life saver. It kills me that they are .89 a piece at the store and… Read more »

January 2, 2018 5:56 pm

5 stars
This is a lovely recipe. How long will the lemonade concentrate last if it is bottled in the the fridge?

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