Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe

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My grandma had a few homemade drink recipes. My favorite drink was her lemonade recipe. There is nothing more refreshing in the spring and summer like a good old fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade. The kind of lemonade you’d love to add a little extra sugar to when you were a kid because it was slightly tart. 

When I saw Men In Black I had to laugh you know that part where Edgar wants more sugar? That was us as kids. But, now I tend to like my lemonade right in between tart and sweet. How do you like your lemonade?

She had a lemon tree in her back yard. Calling us to come to pick the lemons when they were ripe. Sending us up the ladder to pick, then gently had them down to her as she added them to the basket.

She would make lemon meringue pies, lemon bread, lemon cake, and our all-time favorite her ” best lemonade recipe“. Although, I don’t have my grandma’s original recipe I sourced one to share with you that I found that was almost exactly like hers.


Lemons homemade lemonade a refreshing drink recipe that anyone can enjoy any time of yearYou’ll need a bunch of lemons, sugar, and water.

lemons squeezing a lemon for homemade lemonade
A pretty pitcher or glass container, a knife, and handheld lemon juicer or electric juicer. Optional lemon reamer.

lemons lemon juice in a small container

Now, there are juicy lemons and juicier lemons. Did you know that lemons come in many sizes and types? I didn’t realize how many types of lemons there are. I mainly knew about Meyer lemons. Perfect for juicing into your drink recipes or other recipes.

Lemons Lemonade and lemons on a plate

One trick if your lemons aren’t giving you the juice you want for your drink recipe try rolling the others prior to cutting and juicing.

Lemonade Recipe

Lemonade Recipe - This is an easy recipe for fresh squeezed lemonade. It makes a big pitcher. The recipe for lemonade is adaptable. DearCreatives.com

Lemonade Recipe - This is an easy recipe for fresh-squeezed lemonade. It makes a big pitcher. The recipe for lemonade is adaptable to suit your desired sweetness... DearCreatives.com

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • Lemons amount will vary depending on size and type (grab a bag or box of leamons) = to 1-1/2 cups of juice.
  • Sugar one cup to one plus three-quarter cups. 1-3/4 (depending on how sweet you like it!)
  • Water 1 cup for simple syrup / and an additional 7 cups water to dilute lemon juice and sugar for lemonade.
  • Extra Sliced lemons for floating in glasses and pitcher.


  1. Dissolve 1 cup to 1-3/4 cup sugar to one cup of water. You can do this in a saucepan by heating and stirring. The sugar will dissolve making a simple syrup. Take off the stove and let it cool. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. Next roll your lemons, slice and seed them.
  3. Juice your lemons until you have about 1-1/2 cup lemon juice.
  4. Next, combine the simple syrup that has been cooled, and lemon juice plus add 7 cups water and mix together by stirring.


Adjust to suit your taste. You can use a reamer to add the pulp to the lemonade if you like it with pulp. Optional garnishing toppings to add a touch of color are mint or basil. Wash and slice prior to adding.

You can purchase simple syrup on Amazon vs. making it. Have it on hand to sweeten all your spring and summer drinks.

Use a strainer to catch pulp and seeds by placing the strainer over a measuring cup or bowl.

Adapted from Best Lemonade Ever by Jo AllRecipes.com

    Nutrition Information



    Serving Size


    Amount Per Serving Calories 265Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 51mgCarbohydrates 71gFiber 5gSugar 59gProtein 2g

    Not all nutritional information is always 100% accurate.

    lemons and a glass of lemonade

    When you are done take your lemonade onto the back porch and enjoy it!

    lemons sliced lemons in a glass of lemonade

    Are you ready to try making homemade lemonade? You might enjoy a box of lemons to make your lemonade recipes with or to gift someone. Another place to consider getting lemons or, if your traveling is visiting a local lemon orchard. This farm, Limoniera is located in the Santa Paula, Ventura California area and has been established there since 1893.

    What types of lemonade drink recipes do you enjoy?

    Are you looking for drink recipes for spring or summer? 

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    1. There’s nothing like a tall glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day. So sweet and refreshing! Come to think of it, I haven’t made fresh lemonade yet this summer. Time to get some lemons!

      1. Hi Stacie, I agree! It’s been super hot here. Usually I make a lot of ice tea but, this year I’ve made more lemonade. Next I think I’ll mix it up and make ice tea lemonade. Cheers to making some.

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