Homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Ice-cold tart lemonade on a hot day is one of summer’s great treats. Once you see how easy it is to use this recipe to make fresh-squeezed lemonade at home you’ll never buy the powdered mix again.

To figure out the best way to make homemade lemonade we tested mixes, bottled juice, and freshly squeezed lemons.  Our tasters found that the lemonade made with real lemons had more complexity to it and more of the lemonade flavor they wanted.

You can read all about our test in Three Recipes: Does the Best Lemonade Come From Lemons, a Bottle, or Powder.

If you’re looking for something to serve with your homemade lemonade check out these summer recipes.

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Homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 5 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar


  • Start by rolling the lemons under the palm of your hand a few times on a cutting board. This helps soften them up and makes it easier to get the juice out.
  • Cut the lemons in half, saving half of one lemon as a garnish. Juice the rest of the lemons. You'll want to have around 1 1/4 cups of lemon juice.
  • Mix the lemon juice, sugar, and 7 cups of water together in a pitcher, stir until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  • Slice the remaining half lemon into rounds and use them as a garnish or add them to the pitcher. Chill for 15 minutes to let everything come together. Serve over ice.
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