Homemade Lemonade Recipes

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Lemonade is a refreshing beverage on a hot summer day. Whether your child wants to sell it at their lemonade stand or you want serve it at your next BBQ, it is a simple drink to make at home. This page contains homemade lemonade recipes.


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Okay, this is called lemonade but limes are used instead? That's because true Brazilian lemons taste like limes. And, yes, creamy sweet milk makes this drink taste awesome! Any leftover sweetened condensed milk can be kept in a closed glass or plastic container in the refrigerator for about two weeks.

If the lemonade is a tad bit bitter for anyone, they can simply add more sugar to taste when served. Oh, and the flavor of this drink is perfect for adding some gin ;-)


  • 3 limes, including rind, quartered
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 cups, plus 1 cup water
  • ice cubes
  • lime slices for garnish


Place first three ingredients in a blender, add 4 cups cold water and blend on high speed until limes are slightly chopped.


Place a strainer on top of a pitcher and pour blender ingredients into the pitcher.

Slowly pour the remaining 1 cup water through the strainer over the lime pieces to help release all of the residual sugar and juice.

Place ice cubes in serving glasses, pour mixture over ice, garnish with a lime slice and serve.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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  • 6 lemons
  • 6 oranges
  • tea kettle of hot water
  • 2 cups sugar or more
  • 2 gallons of water/ice
  • sweetened lemonade powder mix (I use Country Time)


Wash lemons and oranges and slice into rounds. Put in large pan (big enough to hold 2 plus gallons). Add 2 cups of sugar sprinkling over tops of fruit. Add enough hot water to just cover the top and mash with a potato masher. Do that long enough to just mix the sugar and fruit well and release some of pulp/juice. But don't pulverize. Add water and ice to equal about 2 gallons. Stir well. Add a couple cap-fulls of the powdered lemonade mix. Stir well and taste. Add sugar or more lemonade mix if desired. Serve in glass of ice with some of the lemon/orange pieces.


You can make an ice ring with maraschino cherries and lemon/orange slices to add on top. Looks pretty in a punch bowl this way.

Servings: 20 or so depends on size of glass
Time:20 Minutes Preparation Time
5 Minutes Cooking Time

Source: My grandmother and mother have made this as long as I can remember. I added the powdered lemonade mix. Grandma just used a lot more sugar.

By seekndstry

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I've always had to add tons of sugar when I've made lemonade at home before! Turns out the problem was that I wasn't adding enough water. This recipe makes a very tasty, simple lemonade the whole family will enjoy. Recipe makes 14 servings, but can easily be halved for 7.

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler recipe. Process watermelon in batches in blender until smooth. Combine lemonade and mint sprigs and cook in a saucepan over medium heat for 10 minutes.

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Simple and delicious! You can make any summer time drinks or refreshers by adding fresh fruit to any of your favorite beverages. I made a 2 quart pitcher of my favorite lemonade. You can make this from scratch or use Crystal light or what ever summer beverage you like.


I always have fresh fruit in my refrigerator. I used fresh large strawberries. Fill a glass with ice, lemonade and float a few cut strawberries, then end with splitting a large ripe strawberry and mount it on the side of the glass. And give it a bright colored straw! It's all about presentation! If it looks good, it will taste even better! "Happy Summer"

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Super refreshing!


  • 1 quart chilled water
  • 2 Tbsp. ReaLemon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp. artificial sweetener


Stir well and serve over cracked ice.

Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 Minutes

By Robin from Washington, IA

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How do you make the same lemonade you get at fairs and carnivals? They use real lemons, sugar, and I don't know what else but it is delicious. Does anyone know?


By Tori (Guest Post)
November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Hi! The lemonade you are talking about is called "lemon shake-ups". I love them too and I always head straight to the 1st vendor I see! They are REALLY simple to make. 3 ingrediants: Real Lemons, Sugar, Water.


I cut the lemon in half and squeeze into a glass and then I just drop the lemon half into my glass,minus the seeds of coarse. Add a few spoonfulls of sugar and add ice water, then stir and give it a taste, you may need to add sugar or more lemon juice.....YUMMMM!

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

If you would like to make more than 1 glass, take 3 to 4 lemons, cut in half and squeeze with lemon juicer. Then add enough water to make 1 1/2 to 2 quarts, add about 1 cup of sugar (or to taste), add ice and yummy.

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

Real lemonade is very pale---I wouldn't be surprised if they added a tiny bit of yellow food coloring. It's amazing how we have come to "expect" things to look or taste modern instead of "real."

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

I met a lady and her daughter this summer who were selling lemonade at a farmer's market. The money was putting the daughter through college. They got $3.00 for an 8-oz. glass! They squeezed the half lemon into the cup, then added a plain sugar syrup that they kept in a cooler with a spigot at the bottom.


They added a sprig of mint for decoration. My guess would be that it is a light syrup of about 1 part sugar to 3 parts water, cooked long enough to dissolve the sugar and then chilled. Let me know if you try this.

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November 2, 20070 found this helpful

Have you ever drank an Arnold Palmer? It is a lemon shake-up made with sweetened ice tea. It puts new meaning to a good shake up.

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By Judie (Guest Post)
November 2, 20071 found this helpful

You need to make a simple syrup. I use 3 cups sugar & 3 cups water. In medium saucepan stir & dissolve over med. heat using a wooden spoon.When sugar is dissolved and coats wooden spoon, remove from heat & let cool. Store in a bottle in the refrigerator. For one large glass, fill with ice and 1 1/2 squeezed lemons. Add simple syrup about 1/2 way, fill rest of glass with water. Stir. This makes a sweet lemonade so adjust syrup accordingly. We live in Tennessee so we like sweet lemonade & sweet tea. Enjoy!

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November 3, 20071 found this helpful

I'll bet their secret ingredient is the fun atmosphere of being at the Fair!

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August 19, 2002

I would like to know how to make homemade Lemonade.


August 20, 20020 found this helpful

The link below has a great recipe

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August 20, 20020 found this helpful

I just squeeze the lemons, take the juice and add water and sugar to taste. It's easy and you can make it as sweet or sour as you like.

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April 17, 20040 found this helpful

i juice the lemons thoroughly then leave them overnight in the morning i add 1 tablespoon of sugar and 1 cup of water per litre (about a quart) of lemon juice then put it in the fridge and serve cool!


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By Harlean from Arkansas (Guest Post)
May 1, 20040 found this helpful

For good cheap lemonade that your guests cannot tell the difference from real lemonade...Mix 2 packages of Koolaid lemonade following directions on the package. Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons into it. Cut half slices from a third lemon and add one to each glass as you serve it. I used this recipe when I had a concession stand years ago, and nobody ever guessed that it wasn't fresh squeezed lemonade.

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By annie oakley (Guest Post)
December 17, 20040 found this helpful

12-14 lemons
1 pitcher of water
4 scoops of sugar

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July 4, 20071 found this helpful

The best lemonade I have had.

Make a simple syrup (bring sugar and water to a boil , cook until all sugar is dissolved then cool down before adding lemon)
1 c. of sugar,
4 c. water then add
1 c. fresh squeezed less lemon juice
1 or 2 drops of vanilla
Chill and enjoy
I even freeze little cups of lemonade to put in the picture so it doesn't dilute it.

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By Cherry (Guest Post)
November 22, 20080 found this helpful

1 cup of lemon juice 1 cup of sugar and then fill the pitcher with water. I recommend you putting some warm water in the pitcher letting the sugar dissolve and then adding them lemon juice and water you might have to add a little bit more sugar to just make it right for you. =)

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