Lemonade in a glass pitcher next to juiced lemons on a wooden board with a blue towel to the side (with logo overlay)

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Lemonade

Lemonade is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days. Get a few lemons and use this ratio for perfect homemade lemonade every time!

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? Well, that’s exactly what we did! I had a few recipes one week that needed lemon zest, but not the juice or slices of lemon which left us with quite a few leftover lemons.

Justin had the idea of making some homemade lemonade. It’s been a very long time since I made lemonade from scratch. But I remember doing a lemonade stand a few times with my cousins when we were younger. As an adult, I realize we probably spent more of our mom’s money than we made, though it was fun.

An easy way to remember the right ratio is 4-1-4 or any multiple of that. 4 lemons need 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of water. Of course, if you prefer a sweeter lemonade you can add more sugar, or put in less if you prefer your lemonade to be tart. Tyler and Ryan have been loving anything made with lemons lately, so they drank most of this!

Fresh lemons will always taste the best in homemade lemonade. You could use lemon juice, but it doesn’t have the fresh taste that most people look for. If you use lemon juice, it’s about 2 tablespoons per 1 lemon in a recipe.

Step by Step

Wash the lemons. Use a juicer to get the juice from each of the lemons. I find that rolling the lemons on the counter before cutting in half helps make them easier to juice.

Close up of a lemon half on the juicer

Pour the lemon juice in a large pitcher along with the sugar and water.

Juiced lemons on a wooden cutting board next to the juicer

Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves. Serve over ice or refrigerate until cold before serving. Garnish with lemon slices if you have extra.

Lemonade in a glass pitcher next to juiced lemons on a wooden board with a blue towel to the side (vertical)

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Originally Published On: May 16, 2019

Lemonade in a glass pitcher next to juiced lemons on a wooden board with a blue towel to the side

Easy Lemonade

Lemonade is a refreshing drink for those hot summer days. Get a few lemons and use this ratio for perfect homemade lemonade every time!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: drink, lemon, summer
Servings: 4 cups
5 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 lemons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups water

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Instructions

  • Wash the lemons and use a juicer to get the juice from each of the lemons
  • Pour the lemon juice in a large pitcher along with the sugar and water
  • Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves
  • Serve over ice or refrigerate until cold before serving
  • Garnish with lemon slices if you have extra
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Nutrition Facts
Easy Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224
% Daily Value*
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 149mg4%
Carbohydrates 60g20%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 52g58%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 57.3mg69%
Calcium 36mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Lemonade”

  1. I start to feel the heat of Florida. I must start making a refreshing drink like your lemonade. Actually, I am saving this so my younger daughter could make it.

    1. I was just in south Florida for a visit this past weekend, so I know what you mean! It’s just as hot here in south Texas, too, so definitely time for refreshing drinks like fresh lemonade!

  2. I don’t think I EVER did lemonade in my entire life! That sounds totally ridiculous, right? Tell me, do you see a way to replace sugar for something else? Could stevia work? Trying to lose weight here, and no, it’s not fun, I know!

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