Learn how to make Lemonade with just lemons, sugar, water, and ice. It’s so easy to make, you’ll be sipping it all summer long.

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There are many fancy store-bought lemonade mixes and concentrates out there, but nothing beats an icy glass of the real stuff, made by you. Thankfully, it’s easy to make with freshly squeezed lemon juice and granulated sugar.  That’s it!

Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. How to Make Lemonade Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for how to make lemonade.

Ingredient notes

  • Lemons: When purchasing lemons, choose large ones that give slightly to gentle pressure. Look for thinner skinned lemons. Avoid lemons that still have some green spots, as well as hard lemons with thicker skin.
  • Sugar: It’s okay to use more or less sugar. We haven’t tested the lemonade with sugar substitutes or other sweeteners, but you are welcome to experiment.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In the bottom of a blender, add water, lemon juice, sugar, and ice.
An overhead shot of how to make lemonade in a blender.
  1. Process until completely smooth. Serve over ice.
An overhead shot of how to make lemonade in glasses on a silver platter.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 6 cups of lemonade, enough for 6 (1-cup) servings.
  • Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Meyer lemons: These lemons are sweeter and juicier and available in winter months.
  • Limemade: Substitute 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice for the lemon juice.
  • Berry lemonade: Mash a few strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries in the bottom of your glass. Stir in the lemonade and garnish with a fresh berry.
  • Mint lemonade: Drop a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves in the lemonade for a cool, minty flavor on a hot day.
  • Shandy: Mix equal parts light beer and lemonade.
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    How to Make Lemonade

    Learn how to make Lemonade with just lemons, sugar, water, and ice. It's so easy to make, you'll be sipping it all summer long.
    5 from 5 votes
    Prep Time 5 mins
    Cook Time 1 min
    Total Time 6 mins
    Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
    Course Drinks
    Cuisine American
    Calories 73

    Ingredients 

    • 4 cups water
    • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 5-6 lemons (see note 1)
    • 1/2 cup granulated sugar or to taste (see note 2)
    • 1 cup crushed ice plus more for serving

    Instructions 

    • In the bottom of a blender, add water, lemon juice, sugar, and ice. Process until completely smooth. Serve over ice.

    Notes

    1. Lemons: When purchasing lemons, choose large ones that give slightly to gentle pressure. Look for thinner skinned lemons. Avoid lemons that still have some green spots, as well as hard lemons with thicker skin.
    2. Sugar: It’s okay to use more or less sugar. We haven’t tested the lemonade with sugar substitutes or other sweeteners, but you are welcome to experiment.
    3. Yield: This recipe makes 6 cups of lemonade, enough for 6 (1-cup) servings.
    4. Storage: Store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
    5. Meyer lemons: These lemons are sweeter and juicier and available in winter months.
    6. Limemade: Substitute 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice for the lemon juice.
    7. Berry lemonade: Mash a few strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries in the bottom of your glass. Stir in the lemonade and garnish with a fresh berry.
    8. Mint lemonade: Drop a few sprigs of fresh mint leaves in the lemonade for a cool, minty flavor on a hot day.
    9. Shandy: Mix equal parts light beer and lemonade.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1cupCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 10mgPotassium: 42mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 2IUVitamin C: 16mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg
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