How to make Homemade Lemonade

A little while ago I shared a recipe for Raspberry Iced Tea. It was delicious, but I know you are thinking, “that’s great and all, Amanda, but I want to know how to make homemade lemonade!”

How to make homemade lemonade

Well, wonder no more, because today I have a tasty lemonade recipe for you to try out. Everyone needs a good lemonade recipe in their back pocket to use all Summer long for those evenings that friends and family come over, or just for yourself!

Fun fact: I love lemonade, I love lemon water, I love lemon squirted on my Caesar salad, fish, and broccoli but I HATE lemon-y baked goods. I don’t like lemon meringue pie, nor am I fan of lemon cake. I know it doesn’t make any sense, but I’m just not a fan. It’s really weird too, since I like lemon, and I like pastry-type desserts. I can’t give any logical explanation.

However, if I am at your house and you serve me a piece of lemon cake, I’ll politely eat it anyways. I guess it’s the Canadian in me.

We had some friends over tonight that we hadn’t seen in a really long time, and I decided a taco bar and lemonade was the perfect way to celebrate some of our first Summer nights hosting guests. Last year we moved in this house in August and those first few months were spent unpacking and settling in, so we didn’t really have guests over until months later when it was getting cooler.

I would have loved to pair the taco bar and lemonade with a bonfire, but there is a burn ban on in our area because it’s been too dry. So no s’mores here tonight.

Can I just say, there is something so dreamy about going into your first Summer on your first country property? The fireflies, the bonfires, the crickets, the wildflowers…..

I just can’t get enough! I am so excited for many other nights with friends over to enjoy the season. That means I’ll probably be making a lot of lemonade this year!

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I also am in love with these spouted glass jars are so popular right now.

They are perfect to hold a lot of juice or water in when friends come over and will last forever, or until you break it (like I did with my first one.  On a totally “unrelated” note *cough* cough*, NEVER pour boiling water in one of these.  Ask me how I know).  But really, I think they are beautiful.


This recipe makes about 3.5 litres of lemonade.

First, juice 12 lemons. If you don’t have one, hop on over to Amazon to buy a lemon juicer. This will make your life so much easier because with this magical tool you can make all the lemonade you want this Summer. 🙂

how to make homemade lemonade

Pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to strain out the seeds and/or pulp if you like. If you are one of those people who like the pulp, than no straining necessary.

Put aside and pour two cups of sugar and two cups of water into a pot. Turn to medium heat and cook until all sugar is dissolved. Stir periodically.

Let cool.

In a jug or jar, mix together the lemon juice, 12 cups of water, and the sugar/water syrup.

Slice up some lemons and toss them in the lemonade for garnish. Plus, if you put some lemon slices in the lemonade than it’s proof that you made it from scratch, right? 😉

Refrigerate until ready to use. And now you know how to make homemade lemonade! Simple, right?

There is something about lemonade that just screams Summer. Oh, warm weather, how I missed you.

how to make lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

Course Drinks
Servings 3 litres


  • 12 Lemons
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 12 cups cold water
  • lemons for slicing


  • Juice lemons with lemon juicer.  Set aside.
  • In a pot over medium heat, warm the 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar, stirring occasionally. It is done with the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Let cool.
  • Mix together in jar or jug the lemon juice, 12 cups of water, and sugar syrup.  
  • Slice up extra lemons and place in the lemonade for garnish.
  • Store in fridge until ready to serve.

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