Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is one of the best things about the summer. This refreshing 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe is so simple to make at home that you’ll never go back to the pre-made stuff! Makes 6 servings.

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 A glass of fresh squeezed lemonade garnished with a lemon round on a blue and white towel

Who doesn’t love homemade lemonade in the summertime?

It’s one of my all-time favorites, and honestly, once you realize how simple this lemonade recipe is, you’ll never go back to the powdered/store-bought kind.

I’m a sucker for lemonade, as evidenced by all the lemonade recipes I’ve got on this site.

But it wasn’t until last year that I realized I was missing a classic—fresh squeezed lemonade.

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    Why I love this recipe:

    I’m a tart lemonade kind of gal, and this homemade lemonade recipe is just that—nice and tart.

    The zippiness of the freshly squeezed lemon juice is balanced out by simple syrup—which adds just enough sweetness to take that edge off while letting the lemons sing.

    We dilute it with cold water, and voila. You’ve got fresh lemonade in 10-15 minutes, depending on how long it takes to squeeze the lemons!

    The key to this recipe is freshly squeezed juice. Please, please, please do not use the shelf-stable, bottled lemon juice you can find at the store—you’ll be missing out on the wonderful tartness of the fresh lemons.

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    Homemade lemonade ingredients in bowls and jars on a blue and white towel

    What you’ll need to make this recipe:

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    Let’s talk ingredients!

    In addition to the tools above, you’re going to need some ingredients to make this recipe, too! Chances are, you might already have some of them in your fridge or pantry. Scroll down to the recipe card for the full measurements and instructions.

    Here’s what you need:

    • Lemons — or cold pressed fresh lemon juice from the grocery store. We find it in the refrigerated section with the pre-cut fruits. Please do not use the shelf-stable lemon juice—this lemonade recipe won’t taste nearly as lovely if you do that.
    • Cold water — to dilute the lemon juice
    • Simple syrup — I know a lot of lemonade recipes will tell you to mix sugar and water together, but I’ve found that having simple syrup makes the process easier and also so you can drink your lemonade faster.

    This lemonade is very tart and refreshing. You can add extra simple syrup if you like yours sweeter!

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    How to make Homemade Lemonade

    If you haven’t already, make the simple syrup.

    Basically, you’re going to combine equal measurements of water and granulated sugar. (I like to use a cup of water with a cup of sugar and save the extra in the fridge for later.) Toss them into a saucepan, heat until the sugar dissolves, and let cool.

    Now it’s lemonade time.

    Juice the lemons. I like to use a citrus juicer or reamer and squeeze the juice directly into a liquid measuring cup that has a fine mesh strainer on top. Why? This prevents pulp and seeds from falling into the lemon juice.

    In a pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice with cold water and simple syrup.

    Stir until combined, then give it a taste.

    KEEP IN MIND!

    This recipe for homemade lemonade is nice and tart, which is how I like it, so if it’s too tart for you, add a little more simple syrup until it tastes balanced.

    Pour the lemonade over ice or pop into the fridge for 30 minutes-2 hours to chill even more. Garnish with lemon slices, too!

    Three glasses of homemade lemonade on a blue and white towel

    Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips

    This recipe is an easy one to pull off because it requires very little time and skill, making it perfect for entertaining. In fact, the most time you’ll spend on this recipe is juicing the lemons.

    Because of this, I think Homemade Lemonade is the perfect summertime entertaining drink, whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or another low-key get-together. (This is also excellent for a lemonade stand.) This recipe is beloved by adults and children, and it’s so easy to sip.

    Here are a few tips and tricks for making entertaining with fresh squeezed lemonade a little easier.

    • Make your simple syrup in advance. This goodness keeps in the fridge for weeks, so when you’ve got time, throw together a big ‘ol batch, and let it chill out until it’s homemade lemonade time.
    • Squeeze the lemons in advance… or purchase a jar of freshly squeezed lemon juice in the refrigerated fruit section of your grocery. This’ll make it easier to put the lemonade together before guests arrive.
    • Make the lemonade 30 minutes to 2 hours before guests arrive so that it has time to chill out in the fridge. That way, it’ll be ice cold!
    • Make two pitchers if you’re hosting more than 6 people or keep extra ingredients in the fridge at the ready in case you run out.
    Three glasses of lemonade with lemon garnishes on a blue striped towel

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much juice is in a lemon?

    On average, a lemon has about 3 tablespoons of juice in it. This, of course, is dependent on the lemon.

    How many lemons do I need to make lemonade?

    To make this recipe, you’ll need between 5-8 lemons.

    Is fresh squeezed lemonade good for you?

    I can’t speak to the nutrition of homemade lemonade. However, I can speak to this recipe being refreshing and not being too heavy-handed on the added sugar.

    Is it good to drink a lot of lemonade?

    Lemonade is a great, refreshing drink. If you’re drinking a lot of it, it could potentially do some harm to the enamel on your teeth since lemon juice is so acidic.

    What is the best way to squeeze lemons for lemonade?

    Use room temperature lemons. Roll them on the countertop before slicing down the equator. Use a juicer or a reamer to squeeze the juice out of them into a liquid measuring cup.

    Quick tips for juicing lemons for lemonade

    • Don’t juice a cold lemon. A cold lemon won’t give as much juice as a room temperature one. If you keep your lemons in the fridge, let it come to room temperature, or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get it to warm up.
    • Roll the lemon on the countertop because this will bring the juices to the surface.
    • Slice the lemon down the equator, not from the stem to the tip.
    • Don’t just squeeze it with your hands… use a citrus reamer or a juicer to get that good juice out of it. Personally, I like a lemon reamer better.
    A glass of fresh squeezed lemonade garnished with a lemon round on a blue and white towel
    Yield: 6 servings

    Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes

    Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is one of the best things about the summer months. This refreshing 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe is so simple to make at home that you’ll never go back to the pre-made stuff!

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
    • 5 cups water
    • ½ cup simple syrup

    Instructions

    1. Juice your lemons. To do this, you'll need a citrus juicer or a reamer. Place a mesh strainer over a liquid measuring cup and squeeze the lemons directly above so the strainer catches seeds and pulp.
    2. Pour the freshly squeezed lemon juice, water and simple syrup into a large pitcher.
    3. Stir until combined, and give the lemonade a taste.
    4. Add additional simple syrup if necessary.
    5. Cool in the refrigerator or serve over ice with lemon rounds, and enjoy!

    Notes

    If you like sweeter lemonade, consider adding up to another ½ cup of simple syrup to sweeten your lemonade. This lemonade is very tart and refreshing, though I understand that’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

    Quick tips for juicing lemons for lemonade

    • Don’t juice a cold lemon. A cold lemon won’t give as much juice as a room temperature one. If you keep your lemons in the fridge, let it come to room temperature, or pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds to get it to warm up.
    • Roll the lemon on the countertop because this will bring the juices to the surface.
    • Slice the lemon down the equator, not from the stem to the tip.
    • Don’t just squeeze it with your hands… use a citrus reamer or a juicer to get that good juice out of it. Personally, I like a lemon reamer better.

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    Nutrition Information:

    Yield:

    6 drinks

    Serving Size:

    1 drink

    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 18mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

    Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    4 Comments

    1. It was hot yesterday at the picnic, so this lemonade really hit the spot. Not too sweet and not bitter.

    2. I am a HUGE fan of tart lemonade and this was perfect, loved that you used simple syrup too, no gritty sugar to try and stir in!

    3. Oh my word!! That looks dreamy! I am making this one for my kids this week as a celebration of summer!

    4. Nothing beats homemade lemonade! I thought we would have some leftover for making popsicles, but nope! Guess I’m going to have to get more lemons!

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