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Homemade Lemonade in a glass pitcher.
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How to Make Homemade Lemonade

Learn how to make old fashioned, freshly squeeze homemade lemonade using real lemons.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Lemonade
Servings: 8 cups
Calories: 275kcal


  • 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