Ice-cold tart lemonade on a hot day is one of the 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.
How to Make Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
What makes fresh squeezed lemonade so fantastic is it only takes a few lemons, a little bit of sugar, a sharp knife, a juicer, and 10 minutes to make homemade lemonade that is equal parts tart, refreshing, and delicious.
A tip to get more juice from the lemons is to roll them under the palm of your hand before slicing them and juicing them.
- 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.