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Lemonade in glasses on a silver platter with yellow and white straws and lemon garnish.

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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 6 servings (1 cup each)
Calories 73kcal


  • 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


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


  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.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg