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Homemade lemonade in a glass pitcher.

Homemade Lemonade

Lemonade and summer are made for each other. This classic recipe makes lemonade that's sweet and pleasantly tart. For the best flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice. If you'd like to use bottled lemon juice, use half freshly squeezed and half bottled.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword classic lemonade, lemonade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 101 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 8 to 10 lemons


  1. Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small pan. Heat until sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.

    Sugar syrup for lemonade.
  2. Combine the remaining water and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add the sugar mixture. If you like a tart lemonade, add half the sugar mixture. Taste. Add more as needed. Serve and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

For a tart lemonade, add half the sugar syrup and taste. Add more sugar syrup until you reach the sweetness you enjoy. Store the leftover syrup in the refrigerator for up to one month. Use it for another batch of lemonade or add it to iced coffee, iced tea, or cocktails.