How to Make the Best Lemonade Ever


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Making homemade lemonade is both easy and delicious! This perfect lemonade recipe uses real lemon juice for that healthy, homemade lemonade taste. This is one fresh lemonade that will please kids and adults alike, and have them declaring it the best lemonade recipe ever!

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This is TRULY the BEST homemade lemonade recipe ever!

For having a blog named Making Lemonade, I have surprisingly few lemonade recipes on here! I mean, we have the lemonade bath bombs and a few other goodies, but truly, I’ve yet to share our FAVORITE homemade lemonade recipe and that’s an absolute travesty, I’ll tell ya.

Especially since we make A LOT of lemonade around here.

Without further ado, let’s get into how to make our favorite lemonade recipe when we have some extra time to squeeze the fresh lemons. A little bit of work yields the freshest flavor, and the kids love to pitch in and help squeeze those lemons so it’s truly a family affair.

How To Squeeze Fresh Lemon Juice

Did you know this citrus juicing trick? I saw a friend do it with limes and my mind was blown. I always thought you put the rind side down in the handheld lemon squeezer to fit the bowl, but I was so so wrong. Turns out, the rind side goes UP so that the juice squeezes out the holes in the bottom and catches the seeds. DUH. Please tell me I’m not the only one squeezing lemons wrong all these years?

This is TRULY the BEST homemade lemonade recipe ever!

How to Make the Best Lemonade Ever

We whipped up a quick video to show you the steps, with the print-ready recipe below the video.

Printable Lemonade Recipe

And here’s the exact instructions, step-by-step!

This is TRULY the BEST homemade lemonade recipe ever!
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How to Make the Best Lemonade Recipe Ever

Here's how to make the perfect pitcher of lemonade!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Cooling Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: best lemonade, homemade lemonade
Author: Carrie


  • 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice about 7-8 lemons, squeezed
  • 7-8 cups water
  • ice
  • lemon slice or mint sprig for garnish optional


  • Start by making a simple syrup. In a small saucepan, boil 1 cup of water and add 1 3/4 cups sugar. Stir until completely dissolved, then remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Once cooled, place in a glass container and chill in the fridge.
  • Next, prepare your lemon juice by squeezing 7-8 lemons to get 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice. Add the pulp to the lemon juice, but take out and toss any seeds.
  • Add the lemon juice to a pitcher, and stir in the chilled simple syrup and 7-8 cups of water (depending on taste; the more water, the less sweet the lemonade.) Serve over ice, and add a lemon slice or mint sprig as a garnish if desired.


You guys. It’s so, so good! And with a little supervision because of the stove, even my kids can make it. Plus, you can jazz it up with crushed berries, adding herbs to the simple syrup, or even trying this with a mixture of lemons and limes.

This is TRULY the BEST homemade lemonade recipe ever!

And look. We’re LITERALLY making lemonade on Making Lemonade today. That’s some meta stuff right there.

What’s your favorite way to make lemonade? Are you a powdered mix, store-bought, or homemade lemonade kinda’ drinker?

This is TRULY the BEST homemade lemonade recipe ever!


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