Refreshing homemade fresh lemonade recipe made with fresh lemons! It’s a delicious classic drink perfect for any occasion! Understands how to make lemonade concentrate!
Homemade lemonade is one of the most refreshing and easiest drinks to make and this recipe gives you that perfect sweet and tangy drink we all love! Perfect for serving all year round, but it’s especially refreshing in the warmer months. We love it with everything from barbecue to burgers and grilled chicken. A guaranteed favorite!
There are just a few simple tips to make sure your lemonade is absolutely perfect every time!
Fresh lemonade recipe
How to make the best fresh homemade lemonade
This homemade lemonade recipe is so easy to make and have on hand. It only takes a few minutes to whip up a gallon and get it ready to serve.
It’s perfect for serving anytime, but especially delicious for picnics, parties, and gatherings. And luckily it couldn’t be much simpler and you know exactly what’s inside! No powder mixture used! 🙂
Homemade lemonade ingredients
- Hot water
- fresh lemon juice
- Cold water
- lemon zest
- Slices of lemons
Add sugar. Start by adding your sugar to a large gallon-sized pitcher. If you don’t have a gallon pitcher, you can easily cut this recipe in half or even double it for larger quantities.
Pour hot water and stir to dissolve the sugar. This essentially creates a simple syrup and keeps your lemonade from being grainy or with sugar dripping down to the bottom of the pitcher.
Stir in your fresh lemon juice and cold water. I also like adding fresh lemon zest to my lemonade recipe, it increases the flavor of the lemon even more!
You are now ready to serve it! I love serving with lemon slices and over ice.
How long does lemonade keep in the refrigerator?
For best results, keep your lemonade in the refrigerator between servings. Not only does this make it more refreshing on a hot day, but it keeps it longer.
I found that my lemonade stays fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator. If you’re prepping for a party, consider using my concentrate recipe or just wait to add the fresh lemon slices to the pitcher until ready to serve.
Can I make lemonade without sugar?
Yes! I love making this recipe without sugar! I use an equal amount of Splenda in place of sugar to make sugarless lemonade. You can use your favorite sugar substitute in place of the Splenda. Just found for our tastes, Splenda works best here.
How to make lemonade concentrate
Similar to my sweet tea concentrate, I also like to make it into a concentrate! Concentrate takes up less space in my fridge, is easier to carry when traveling, and is great to make ahead of time and keep on hand!
To make lemonade concentrate, simply follow the recipe without adding cold water and lemon slices.
Mix the sugar and water. Add your sugar to a large pitcher and pour hot water over the sugar and stir to combine.
Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Mix well.
Pay in an airtight bottle.
Shop in the refrigerator for up to a week.
How to serve from concentrate
To serve, simply add equal parts lemonade concentrate and cold water to a glass (for single servings) or pitcher (for larger serving).
Other favorite drinks
Here is my lemonade recipe. I hope you like it!