homemade lemonade

Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer’s day than a glass of lemonade? This recipe makes a lemonade syrup that you mix with water when you want a glass of lemonade. The lemon zests adds a brightness and a depth of flavor that you can’t get with lemon juice alone. Once you start making your own lemonade from scratch and see how easy and tasty it is, you’ll never go back to pre-made or powered mix again.

Homemade Lemonade

makes about 14 glasses of lemonade


  • 8-12 lemons // The amount of lemon juice from each lemon can vary greatly depending on size/type of lemon. Choose lemons that feel heavy for their size, and if you leave them at room temperature it will be easier to extract the maximum about of juice. 
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup water


  1. In a medium pot mix the sugar and the zest from 2 lemons. Add the water. While stirring with a spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Let cool slightly.
  2. Roll the lemons gently with the heel of your palm. This will help extract the juice. Using a lemon reamer, juice the lemons. In a pinch you can use closed metal tongs. You’ll want to ultimately end up with 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
  3. Strain the sugar syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove the lemon zest. Combine the sugar syrup and the lemon juice.
  4. Keep the lemon syrup in a tightly closed jar or bottle in the refrigerator.

The syrup will store in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks. When you want a glass  of lemonade, you just mix 1/4 cup of syrup to 3/4 cup water or sparkling water. Give it a gentle stir and enjoy!