Homemade Lemonade with lemon slices
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Homemade Lemonade – Just 3 Ingredients and Ready in Minutes

There’s nothing better than sitting on a porch at the end of summer sipping a glass of homemade lemonade. Check out this simple recipe to make your own!

Jar of homemade lemonade with slices lemons

When I think of the end of summer, I think of the leaves changing colors, the temperatures dropping as fall approaches, and spending the last usable days of warmth for doing anything and everything outside.  

I love to sit on the edge of my porch snuggled up in a blanket and watch the season change.  And what better way to do that than with a glass of homemade lemonade?

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slices lemons

The best thing about making lemonade is that it’s actually really simple.  All you need are lemons, sugar (I used granulated sugar) and water.  THREE INGREDIENTS.  Hallelujah!

 A tasty drink recipe that calls for things I always have on hand.  I love it when that happens.  Normally I have to go out and find some sort of weird ingredient that a recipe calls for, but not with this homemade lemonade.  Everything I need, I already have in my kitchen! 

lemon slices and a juicer

The most challenging part of this recipe is juicing the lemons.  And by challenging, I mean not at all.  Not even one bit.  Especially if you have a citrus juicer!  

I swear, this is the easiest juicer I’ve ever used.  You just cut the lemon in half (I trim off the top and bottom end to make sure it sits flat in the juicer) put it in between the metal slots and press the handles together.  BOOM.  Instant lemon juice!

lemon juicer with sliced lemons

 I like this juicer because it made what would have been a really hard and time consuming task super simple!

bottle of homemade lemonade with juicer and lemons

Making homemade lemonade

The trick with homemade lemonade is getting the proportions right.  Some people like their lemonade more sweet, and others more tart.  I tend to err on the side of tart and tangy!  (so if you’ve got a major sweet tooth, you can add a little more sugar and/or water).  I used:

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup (1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup water mixed together)
  • 2 1/2 cups of filtered water

A few notes.  

  • All I did to make the simple syrup was boil some water in my tea kettle and add it to the sugar and stir.  EASY PEASY. 
  • Juicing lemons with my new juicer?  EASY PEASY.  Using filtered water?  
  • EASY PEASY… well it is, but I suppose the more important thing to note with using filtered water is that your lemonade will taste much better.  

Since water is basically the main ingredient, lets go for the quality stuff.  Nobody like “dirty” lemonade.   Ew.

Cute jar with lemonade and lemons

Once you have all your ingredients, just stir them together.  That’s it – it’s really that simple.  Make sure to refrigerate once you’ve made the lemonade…that is, after you pour yourself a glass, of course!  

If you’re looking to make some really fancy lemonade, try adding in some fruit or herbs.  I’ve got a tutorial for Blueberry Mint Lemonade that I really like!

Yield: 4 cups

Homemade Lemonade

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This homemade lemonade is made with just three ingredients. Easy, peasy and super tasty!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 16 minutes


  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup boiling water mixed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups filtered water


  1. Mix 1 cup of boiling water with 1/4 cup granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Juice enough lemons to make 1/2 cup of lemon juice.
  3. Measure 2 1/2 cups of filtered water.
  4. Mix together!
  5. Enjoy, and garnish with a mint sprig if you're feeling fancy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 54Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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