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Fresh Squeezed Homemade Lemonade

This fresh-squeezed Homemade Lemonade is an easy recipe for a hot summer day. The best part is that you can adjust the amount of simple syrup so the lemonade is as sweet or tart as you want. It's the perfect solution when you have a bunch of lemons!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Amy Nash


  • 2 cup sugar
  • 4-6 cups water divided
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice around 4 pounds
  • 2-3 extra lemons sliced
  • 4 cups ice


  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 2 cups of the water over medium-high heat. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar completely, then remove from heat. Allow the simple syrup to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until completely chilled.
  • Meanwhile, juice enough lemons to get 2 cups of lemon juice. The number of lemons needed will depend on the size of the lemons you have but generally speaking, 4-5 pounds of lemons will do the trick. Remove any seeds from the lemon juice, but leave the pulp. In a pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, the freshly squeezed lemon juice and as much of the remaining water as you want to get the concentration you like best.
  • Add sliced lemons and ice to the pitcher for presentation.



You can adjust the amount of water until you get the level of sweetness or tartness you desire. I like to add a lot of ice and hold back on some of the water at first so that the lemonade doesn't get really watered down.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg