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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.