Classic Lemonade


Nothing says summer quite like sitting outside and sipping your favorite ice-cold beverage on a warm, breezy day. The weather has been in the 80’s here this week, and with Memorial Day creeping up this weekend, I thought this would be just about the perfect time to make a pitcher of fresh lemonade. Do you have a favorite summertime drink? I love lemonade because it’s just a little sweet and a little tangy – it sort of lingers on your tongue a bit. Plus I love squeezing the juice out of the lemons the good old fashioned way – in my hands. This is super quick, so you’ll be out on the deck sipping your lemonade in no time!

A quick note on the recipe – it calls for superfine sugar, which you can typically find at the grocery store (I have bought Domino brand before), but if you can’t find it or don’t want to buy it specifically for this, you can run regular granulated sugar through a food processor for a few seconds. The benefit to using superfine is that it dissolves easily into the liquid, so you don’t have grains of sugar throughout the drink.

Cheers to a fabulous summer on the horizon! *Clink!*

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Classic Lemonade

Yield: 8 drinks

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 8 lemons)
1-1/3 cups superfine sugar
6 cups water
Ice cubes


Stir together lemon juice and sugar in a 3-quart pitcher until sugar is dissolved. Add water and stir until combined. Garnish with additional lemon slices and mint, if desired. Serve over ice in glasses.

*Note: You can refrigerate the lemonade if not serving immediately; stir before serving.

(Recipe from Gourmet Today)


51 Responses to “Classic Lemonade”

  1. notyet100 on May 26, 2010 at 1:17 am

    this looks so refreshin


    • tsr on June 25th, 2012 at 11:05 am

      Love lemonade in the summer…I tried this recipe with fresh basil…….


  2. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on May 26, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I can’t seem to get enough lemonade lately. This sounds wonderful. 🙂



  3. Brooke Reasoner on May 26, 2010 at 3:23 am

    My very favorite summer drink is Giada’s Sangria recipe that uses Prosecco. I grow tons of mint in the Summer, and the mint simple syrup is what I think makes this one so special!


  4. Paula on May 26, 2010 at 3:27 am

    oh, that`s totaly delicious!


  5. Mary Moh on May 26, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Very refreshing. Great for summer. I always add a pinch of salt to it. It’s very nice. Give a try.


  6. Kim on May 26, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Try squeezing one orange into the lemonade…it cuts the bitterness and tastes AMAZING


  7. Katrina on May 26, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Nothing better than lemonade on a hot day.


  8. Lauren @ Crave. Indulge. Satisfy. on May 26, 2010 at 8:16 am

    Lemonade is my absolute favorite!


  9. Maria D. on May 26, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love lemonade! I alwasy add some other fruit to it too for additional flavor


  10. Jason Sandeman on May 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

    A lovely, refreshing drink for summer. I would add Stevia to the juice for sweetening, if you do not want that sugar punch, (or if you cannot have sugar like me)

    Also, perhaps infusing a simple syrup with the zest of those lemons might make for an interesting twist, no?


  11. Ana Maria on May 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    …We make lemonade daily, for my nephews and nieces; a favorite of the adults is Lipton’s Iced Tea, with a hint of raspberry…


  12. Maria on May 26, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Perfect for a sunshine day!


  13. Swee San on May 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

    Perfect for a hot hot day like this.. !!


  14. DB on May 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I actually made lemonade over the weekend using this recipe. It was pretty good but I haven’t written about it yet.


  15. Jen @ How To: Simplify on May 26, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    That looks so refreshing and perfect for the hot day today!


  16. Dolce on May 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    It’s the “clink” that tells me summer is here so I can relax. Easy peasy recipe for a hot day 🙂


  17. Belinda @zomppa on May 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Today would be PERFECT for it!


  18. Jenny Flake on May 26, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Love lemonade!! Looks so refreshing sitting out on the ledge!


  19. Raina (The Garden of Yum) on May 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    This is great! It is funny..I was just thinking I would like to make fresh lemonade but did not have an actual recipe. Thanks! Very hot hear too. This will be so refreshing.


  20. Raina (The Garden of Yum) on May 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    I can’t believe I wrote hear instead of here..oops!


  21. Foodlover25 on May 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Love this:)


  22. Julie M. on May 26, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Mmmm. I love homemade lemonade! I used to make it in my juicer with a pile of apples and a couple lemons. Bring on summer!


  23. Ann Taylor on May 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    add a couple of mint leaves and this is the perfect summertime drink


  24. Tracy on May 26, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    It doesn’t get more summer than this! 🙂


  25. The Housewife on May 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    Ahhh! Making this for memorial day weekend 🙂


  26. Drick on May 26, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    reminds me of youth- so how much does a glass go for on your corner? I like peach or strawberry lemonade myself


  27. Christina on May 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    I love lemonade. So refreshing, and I wish I had a glass right now!


  28. Magic of Spice on May 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    Very refreshing!


  29. Jenny on May 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    I love Lemonade! So you don’t need a juicer or anything fancy?


    • Michelle on June 1st, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Jenny, Nope! I don’t have a juicer, I just cut the lemons in half and squeezed away!


  30. Sevgi on May 27, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I haven’t had lemonade in years. I can’t wait until the days are warm enough so I can make this 🙂


  31. ivoryhut on May 27, 2010 at 11:38 pm

    Aah. Nothing like fresh lemonade on a hot day. The powdered stuff just doesn’t compare!


  32. Cookin' Canuck on May 28, 2010 at 1:41 am

    Lemonade is definitely my favorite non-alcoholic summer drink, though I like to add a little fresh squeezed orange juice and oranges slices. For a more adult drink at times – definitely a mojito.


  33. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction on May 28, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    This looks lovely! And it’s funny that you posted it because I bought a whole bunch of lemons earlier in the week with intentions of making lemonade, but I realized I had never made it before and didn’t really know what proportions of lemon juice/water/sugar to use. Now I know!


  34. risaeats on May 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    This sounds really cool and yummy. My favorite lemonade recipe is infused with mint and ginger. I will post it in awhile. It is really yummy and less sweet. I find lemonade to be the best summer drink. It is so refreshing. I want some of that!


  35. The Food on June 1, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Nothing quite like homemade lemonade.


  36. Jamie on June 1, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Made this over the weekend and it was delish!!!! Thanks!! 😀


    • Michelle on June 1st, 2010 at 10:13 am

      So glad you enjoyed it Jamie! 🙂


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  39. Foodlvr on July 26, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I make homemade lemonade but I make a mint and Ginger simple syrup instead of using superfine sugar. I make it with agave nectar instead of sugar. It is a huge hit. I just gave a quart of it to a friend for her son who is addicted to it. He thinks it is the best lemonade he has ever tasted. I also used my thawed Meyer lemon juice for it. Sooo good.

    Your recipe sounds very good too. I adore fresh lemonade. Nothing like it.


  40. Jen Bratanch on February 23, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Honey is a great alternative to sugar.


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  44. Ginny on July 10, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I made this lemonade for my dinner party last night and everyone loved it! It is the perfect amount of sweet and tanginess. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂


  45. tommy bottoms on July 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

    I would like to know if anyone knows how to make bakers lemonade, I drank it when I was a boy growing up on a farm in Wisconsin and it sure hit the spot on the hot days baling hay. Thanks Tommy


  46. Julie on July 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    this summer has been hot hot hot! I bet this will cool things down!!!! 😀


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  48. Lori on April 22, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Just used up the 2 cups of lemon juice sitting in the fridge to make this and it is absolutely the most “perfect” lemonade. Thank you 🙂


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