How to make lemonade with one lemon

How to make lemonade with one lemon

This Single Serving Lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart, and doesn’t leave you with a big pitcher of lemonade! This lemonade recipe is so fast and easy to make, you’re sure to be making it non-stop.

How to make lemonade with one lemon

The first day of summer is both exciting and depressing.

Even though we’ve been acting like its summer already with inflatable pool parties and ice cream cones, we still have a lot to look forward to. Fire pits, sleeping with the windows open, and sun tans are definitely not on the agenda any other season of the year in Wisconsin.

How to make lemonade with one lemon

Still, the first day of summer can be a bit depressing because it marks the longest day of the year. That means the days will only get shorter from now on. Each day will bring a little less sunshine which means colder days, autumn scarves, and Christmas right around the corner.

Let me tell you, I am NOT ready for Christmas. Even the thought of snow right now kind of makes me want to jump off a bridge. I just want to stay with you in this moment forever (name that theme song).

How to make lemonade with one lemon

I can’t do summer without lemonade. While I have a rock solid go-to recipe, I don’t always have the time or energy to juice twelve lemons (or twenty four if I’m super thirsty and doubling). And frankly, I’m selfish. I’m making lemonade for me and you can’t have any.

This single serving lemonade recipe makes one sweet little glass of lemonade in about five minutes. Minimal juicing, maximum enjoyment. I used my electric kettle to heat my water up fast but you could also heat yours in the microwave or on the stovetop (or straight out the tap if you keep your water heater cranked).

How to make lemonade with one lemon

This single serving lemonade is fun to customize! Here are a few ideas:

  • Stir in a bit of strawberry sorbet (frozen or unfrozen) for strawberry lemonade
  • Place contents in an ice cube tray and freeze for lemonade ice cubes that won’t water down your drink
  • Add fresh produce at the end such as strawberries, raspberries, or cucumber for an infused lemonade
  • Experiment with other types of sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia if you prefer not to have processed sugar

Make a glass of single serving lemonade and savor this day. You’re never getting this moment back.


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    • 6 1/2 cups water
    • 1 cup lemon juice
    • 1 cup sugar


    1. Mix together.

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    Was sweet I used cane sugar with a perfect amount of lemon was pretty good You might not like it if bc it's pretty sweet but I love sweet things

    Just made this with tiny tweaks. I too like it more sour, so I used more like 3 cups of lemon juice to 1 cup of sugar. Just stirred the sugar in a glass measuring cup with 2 cups of water and popped it in the microwave to dissolve. Total of 8 cups water; 3 cups lemon juice; and 1 cup sugar. Lip smackin' good!

    This is literaly the best thing ive ever had make this! the lemon and sugar are off the charts amazing!

    Perfect balance of sugar and lemon. Simple to make. Will definitely make this again!

    Really good lemonade but I divided the recipe by two so I did not have to make a lot and only added 1/4 of sugar. I would do it that way again

    I've made this a few times and really enjoy it, I use sweeter instead of sugar for medical reasons.

    delicious ? definitely would make it again, so helpful, too! I wish there were 5 stars so I could rate it 5 ?

    I make 1 quart. I use 1 cup of lemon juice and 6 packets of sweet and low, then finish filling the quart and shake well.

    I felt it was a little sweet, so I’d cut back some sugar. It uses 1 cup which is about 31g a serving.

    I ran out of "the good stuff", and needed a non soda refresher. This was it! Now, I like it a bit more tart than sweet, so I added a 1/2 cup of lime, and it became perfect for me!

    I love making all these kinds of recipes by Epicurious and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Since we have nothing to drink, this is perfect. Thanks, Epicurious!!

    I only did 2/12. Cups of water and 2 cups of sugar with only a half cup of lemon. Juice

    In response to those who said it was too strong, I think they might have been using a condensed lemon juice instead of lemon juice in the big bottles. If you used a condensed version, 1 cup would be way too strong.

    The only change I made was to take 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar and heated it to become a syrup. Then 5 1/2 cups water and the lemon juice were put into the container and I added the syrup to that, and stirred. That insured that the sugar got dissolved into the liquid. Not as good as fresh lemons, but in a pinch, it came out very nice.

    So, just made this. don't know how to feel about it

    It's pretty good for an end-of-the-month ghetto-ish lemonade. Akin to cheese melted on ritz crackers spread with spaghetti sauce as cheapo pizza bites or fried bologna sandwiches. It's good in a pinch but would much rather have the real thing. I was looking for something to drink besides water and realized we had some lemon juice in the fridge, which at first I just put into plain water, but I was craving something a bit sweet and found some sugar in the cupboard and thought; "I wonder if I could make lemonade from this?" One google search later I stumbled upon this recipe. After a few tweaks to accommodate a large pitcher it satisfied my sweet-thirsty craving perfectly. The only complaint I could think of is I wish it were a bit more colorful. Maybe a few drops of food coloring to make "pink" lemonade. But, that's just a looks thing, nothing really important. I enjoyed it.

    I used this recipe and it was delicious.

    Oh my gosh, thank you SO much! I was having a major lemonade craving, and this was perfect! Some people might need a little more sugar, but this was just right for me. Thank you again!!

    This recipe was to sour so I added about a little more than a quarter cup of sugar and it tasted great! I made it for the kids wanted lemonade and they loved it! You could add water if you don't like surgar!!

    I made it with whatever mesurements i wanted. It came out great. If it didn't come out good for you you just did it wrong.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    A few weeks ago, I found an old list on my computer that was just titled, “Summer Fun List 2014.” It contained only two things:

    1. Make a beautiful fruit tart
    2. Make homemade lemonade

    I have zero memory of writing that list and no idea why it stopped at two relatively easy items, but it just goes to show my usual summer priorities: make good food, hydrate in the most summery way possible.

    I haven’t made a Summer Fun List 2017 yet, but let’s face it, it’s probably going to start about the same way (though maybe instead of a fruit tart it’ll be S’mores Cupcakes or my favorite Lemon Bars). So in order to preemptively cross one thing off this year’s list, today I’m sharing Homemade Lemonade for Two.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Homemade lemonade is one of my very favorite parts of summer, but I try not to make it unless I know there are going to be lots of people around to share it with since (delicious and spectacular as it is) it’s basically lemon-flavored sugar water, and I really don’t need an entire pitcher to myself.

    And that’s why today’s recipe is Homemade Lemonade for Two. It makes one quart, which is about two to four glasses worth, and the perfect amount to satisfy those summer cravings without having you bouncing off the walls from sugar overload.

    This version is really everything summer lemonade should be, bright, crisp, sweet, and just the perfect level of tart. I spent a couple weekends testing out different ratios and variations, so I had a nice steady supply of it there for a while, and man do I miss having a container of this in my fridge! For days after I finished the last batch, I would open my fridge and just stare sadly at my lemonade-less shelves. (It was a little pathetic.)

    Fortunately for those of us who want to make it all the time, this version of homemade lemonade is really simple to make. You just heat some water and sugar together to make a simple syrup, juice some lemons, and stir all your ingredients together. Adjust the sweetness, serve over a tall glass of ice, and enjoy!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    I’ll be sharing a couple fun lemonade variations over the next couple of weeks, so keep an eye out for those!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Nothing is more refreshing on a hot summer day than a tall glass of ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade! I’ve tackled a few of the most common problems related to making lemonade in ABK’s “Homemade Lemonade for a Crowd” recipe. Learn how to substitute bottled lemon juice if you don’t want to squeeze lemons and the best way to store lemonade for 100!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    If you’ve ever had a glass of homemade lemonade, you know there’s nothing quite like it on hot summer day. Powdered mixes or concentrates from the freezer section at the grocery are fine in a pinch, but if you’re looking for a special treat, this is your lucky day. I’ve taken the guesswork out of making the perfect batch of lemonade for 10 or 100.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    A few key issues I’ve addressed when making or serving lemonade are:
    1. Fresh squeezed vs lemon juice from a bottle
    2. What’s the best way to sweeten lemonade?
    3. How to avoid watered down lemonade when ice melts.
    4. How to make lemonade in large batches.
    5. How to store and transport large batches of lemonade.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Fresh is best, but bottled lemon juice works too!
    When making lemonade the best choice is fresh squeezed lemon juice. Why fresh lemon juice? Fresh is always best. Try making a glass of lemonade with fresh squeezed juice and a second glass with lemon juice out of a bottle. You’ll be able to taste the difference.

    To get started, you’ll need something to squeeze the lemons. This is my favorite tool to squeeze lemons and limes. Cut the lemon in half and place the cut side down into the juicer, then squeeze away. It’s that simple.

    There are other methods, including electric juicers if you need to juice a large amount of fruit. If you don’t have the time or the muscle power to juice lemons, you can use lemon juice. Bottled Real lemon juice works well.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Sweetening the juice…there are several different methods for sweetening lemonade, including swirling sugar and water together in a container and then adding lemon juice and ice.

    One of the problems with this method is the sugar eventually settles to the bottom of the glass or pitcher, and you’re left with a layer of sugar. After many experiments, I’m a firm believer in making a simple syrup and adding lemon juice to the syrup.

    This method ensures you are never left with undissolved sugar in your lemonade. The syrup takes just a few minutes to make, and in a pinch, you can just heat water and sugar together in the microwave and stir until dissolved.

    Don’t let the word “syrup” throw you off. It’s just basically heating water and sugar together and bringing to a boil. It is, after all, called simple syrup for a reason ?

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    I’m melting… Another problem encountered with lemonade on a hot summer day is the melted ice factor. Melted ice = watered down lemonade. When I make a batch of lemonade, I want it to be just the right blend of sweet and tart. I want the glass to be filled to the brim with ICE (because I’m totally obsessed with ice, and LOTS of it).

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    I combat the watered down lemonade issue with a mixture that is heavy on the concentrate and allows for melted ice in the glass. If you mix up the lemonade to be just the right blend without allowing for ice meltage (I know, not a word), and the ice melts, your lemonade will be diluted and not as flavorful! The key to flavorful lemonade is the concentrate. Make sure you don’t add too much water!

    Making large batches of lemonade is simple if you follow ABK’s Homemade Lemonade for a Crowd recipe. I’ve included instructions for making the lemonade with fresh squeezed juice and also bottled lemon juice. The instructions include quantities for 10-20 servings (depending on glass size) and concentrate for 100 servings.

    When making the lemonade for large groups (quantities over 100) I recommend using bottled lemon juice or a mixture of fresh squeezed and bottled mixed together. The time and cost involved in squeezing lemon juice for hundreds of servings may be prohibitive, and bottled lemon juice is a good alternative!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    I promise this recipe made with bottled lemon juice is still going to be about 100 times better than any type of mix you can buy! As a side note, I have been in charge of Girls Camp, Trek, Youth Conference, Scouts, school functions, etc more times than I can count.

    When I’m making lemonade for a youth crowd, or a large group for an event that is not a special occasion (such as a wedding) I reach for the Country Time Lemonade Mix every time. For kid gatherings and campouts, use a mix!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Where am I going to store homemade lemonade for 500?? The last tip for making large batches of homemade lemonade is storage. When I made several large batches of lemonade for a wedding recently, I stored the concentrate in gallon size Freezer Ziplock bags.

    I placed the bag inside of a bowl, and poured the concentrate in four batches into the bags (photo above). Each bag contained approximately 8 cups of concentrate, and when mixed with water equals about 25 (4 oz) servings per bag (photo below).

    This method of storage works well if you don’t have a lot of refrigerator or freezer space! And it makes transporting the drink very simple. Just place in a cooler and you’re ready to go. You can also mix 2 of the large batches of concentrate into a 5 gallon container for transporting.

    You can probably fit 3 large batches of concentrate into a 5 gallon container, but I’ve only tried 2 and then bagged the rest. This method is simple for dispensing. Just pour out 8 cups at a time and add water and ice as directed.

    Not enough time to make concentrate for 100 or 500? Think again. I made lemonade for 500 in about 2 1/2 hours start to (sticky) finish and even ran to the grocery store to buy more lemon juice when I ran out of fresh lemons.

    I know you’re going to love this. When you’re rocking back on your porch sipping a tall glass of fresh squeezed juice, you’ll agree with me it was worth it!

    There is nothing better than a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed lemonade on a hot day. Luckily, learning how to make homemade lemonade is pretty easy!

    Here is a simple homemade lemonade recipe made with real lemons.

    Ingredients you will need:

    • 4 to 6 large lemons
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 quarts cold water

    How to make homemade lemonade (makes about 10 cups):

    1. Slice the lemons in half.

    2. Squeeze them into a large measuring cup. A citrus juicer or squeezer makes this process easier. There should be about 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice to make 2 quarts of lemonade.

    3. Remove any seeds.

    4. Combine the lemon juice and sugar, stir into the cold water. Serve over ice.

    Here are some simple ratios if you’re looking to make a smaller or larger batch of lemonade:

    For 1 gallon of water, use 8 to 12 lemons and 2 cups of sugar.

    For 1 quart of water, use 2 to 3 lemons and 1/4 cup of sugar.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Homemade Lemonade Recipe


    • 4 to 6 large lemons
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 quarts cold water



    Looking for more lemonade-inspired recipes? Try our Strawberry Lemonade Pie recipe! It’s the perfect summer dessert.

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    How to Make Lemonade Video Transcript

    Hi, I’m Dan and I’m at Rada Manufacturing . I am going to make some homemade lemonade for you.

    This is a real simple recipe and there is nothing better than fresh homemade lemonade on a nice hot summer day. It is a real simple recipe; it takes two quarts of water, four to six lemons, and a cup of sugar.

    We are going to squeeze the lemons, but first of all we are going to cut the lemon. I have a serrated paring knife here, it has super fine serrations, and that is one way to cut lemons. Really there are a lot of different knives that you can use for that purpose. Another way of doing it is our cheese knife; we kind of bumped into this as a possibility. It is really good for making the lemon slices for garnishes; we show it here on a glass of ice tea.

    We will cut the first lemon with the serrated paring. Just cut it down the center. Then take the half and get the juice out of it. Pour it into the pitcher.

    Like I said we have a quart of water in their already. We will add another quart and the sugar; we will mix it up with the handi-stir when we are done. Here is the second one. There’s nothing like that fresh lemon juice to really make for a tasty treat.

    I am going to cut a lemon using the cheese knife, so you can see that. This is a little bit longer blade so I think that makes it real nice. If we were doing lemon wedges this is what you could do real easily.

    I think that I will go ahead and add the sugar. Again, we are going to do four to six lemons. We are going to cut to the chase here and show the overall production.

    The final step will be taking the handi-stir and mixing it up. We will go ahead and add our other five lemons. Then we will have one full, tasty, fresh lemonade that you can enjoy on a nice, hot summer day.

    There are a million and one commercial versions, but nothing can compare with the flavour of fresh lemons made into lemonade.

    This recipe is from Delia's Summer Collection. Makes 3 pints (1.75 litres)

    • method
    • Ingredients


    First scrub the lemons in warm water, then thinly pare the coloured outer zest from 3 of them using a potato peeler or zester.

    After that any white pith will need to be pared from the strips of zest with a sharp knife – this is important to prevent the lemonade tasting bitter. Now put the zest in a large bowl and add the squeezed juice of all the lemons (don’t bother to strain the juice at this stage) and the sugar. Next pour in 2½ pints (1.4 litres) of boiling water, then stir well, cover and leave overnight in a cool place. Next day stir again and taste to check the sweetness, adding a little more sugar if it needs it.

    Now strain through a fairly coarse sieve, as it’s nice if some of the lemon remains. Pour it into bottles, using sterilised corks, then chill thoroughly. Serve the lemonade either straight or diluted with soda water, with lots of ice.

    Note: To make lemon barley water, proceed as above but in addition take 4 oz (110 g) of pearl barley and rinse thoroughly under a cold tap. Place it in a saucepan and cover with 2 inches (5 cm) of cold water. Then bring it to the boil and simmer for 3-4 minutes.

    After that drain it through a sieve and then rinse and drain it again before combining it with the lemon juice, zest, sugar and boiling water. Leave in a cool place for 24 hours. Then strain and bottle as above.

    You can also watch how to zest lemons in our Cookery School Video on the this page.

    This easy Homemade Lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet, tart, and refreshing. With only three ingredients and a short amount of time you’ll have the perfect pitcher of Homemade Lemonade for sipping all summer long.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    One little bit of warm weather and I immediately have spring and summer on the brain. Find a front porch/pool/beach/lake/grassy park for sipping on this tasty Homemade Lemonade.


    You only need three ingredients for this recipe:

    • Freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Sugar
    • Water

    Preparation (two options)

    Traditional method: Make a simple syrup by bringing water and sugar to a boil on the stovetop. Cool the syrup, then combine with water and lemon juice.

    Blender method: Place sugar, lemon juice, and water in a blender and blend until the sugar is dissolved (several seconds). Add to a pitcher with the remaining water.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Depending on the size of your lemons you can get anywhere from 2 tablespoons to ¼ cup of juice from each lemon.

    Cut the lemon in half (through the middle). Use a handheld juicer or citrus reamer to extract the juice into a liquid measuring cup. Alternatively, you can just squeeze the halved lemon or use the beater from a handheld mixer to manually extract the juice.

    This lemonade stays fresh in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    That recipe is here: Pink Lemonade.

    What I really needed when first making this recipe was a way to get rid of my zested lemons.

    I had about 20 of them. I really like lemon zest in my baked goods! And they were on sale. I was desperate to make anything using lemon juice that didn’t require zest.

    Some of my favorite lemon recipes, like this homemade lemon curd and these vegan lemon bars both require zest. So those weren’t helpful with my situation.

    Anyone have some heavy-on-the-lemon-juice recipes? At any given point, I usually have about a dozen zested lemons in the fridge. I need to find more to do with them!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    A nice healthy lemonade recipe seemed like the right thing to make with them. I love having some of this honey lemonade in the fridge when coming home on warm days.

    I normally just drink water (and occasionally this raspberry smoothie) so this lemonade is a treat. A reward for getting my butt out of the apartment. 😉

    This recipe calls for 1 cup of lemon juice. I’m always frustrated when I find a recipe that calls for the juice of so-and-so lemons or oranges.

    I have no idea how much 2 lemons yielded for the recipe creator! So I usually don’t bother making those recipes.

    Different sources say 1 large lemon yields anything from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup lemon juice, hence the wide range of lemons (4-7) given in the recipe. But it really doesn’t matter to the success of this recipe because 1 cup of lemon juice always = 1 cup.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    It is annoying that you don’t know exactly how many lemons to buy. I suggest getting 7. It’s always better to have too many than not enough!

    If you need ideas on what else to make with lemon juice and honey, this herbal iced tea is super refreshing! It’s perfect for the hot summer days coming. And these raspberry lemonade bars are incredible – one of my favorite recipes!

    This honey lemonade is just lightly sweetened. It’s not super sweet like store-bought lemonade. You can easily add more honey if needed.

    For a vegan version, you can use agave syrup, but then it’s not paleo. If you don’t want to use honey but need a paleo option, you can use maple syrup.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Make sure to use the lightest grade maple syrup. A deep maple flavor is not what you want in this lemonade recipe! You can definitely taste a difference in the maple and honey version.

    I prefer honey but would still be happy with the maple-sweetened lemonade if I couldn’t have the honey one. It sounds like a strange combination, but it often works, like in my lemon fudge and gluten-free lemon cookies.

    One thing you can’t do is use granulated sugar. Traditional lemonade recipes have you make a simple syrup first to ensure that the sugar dissolves.

    This recipe is easier because you just have to stir together the 3 ingredients and you’re done.

    As for a keto version, I’m working on it! I hope to post it soon.

    If you need a keto treat in the meantime, someone said my almond flour chocolate chip cookies were the best keto cookies they’ve ever had. So maybe make those? 😉

    If you want to try another naturally sweetened healthy lemonade recipe, try this homemade frozen lemonade! It’s another lemonade recipe with honey and sounds super refreshing. This healthy green lemonade also looks amazing!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Questions about this honey lemonade?

    • How much juice is in 1 lemon? How many lemons should I buy?

    Different sources say 1 large lemon yields anything from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup lemon juice, hence the wide range of lemons (4-7) given in the recipe. But it really doesn’t matter because 1 cup of lemon juice always = 1 cup.

    If you want to use granulated sugar, I suggest finding a different recipe. The process is a little different than the recipe below.

    I’m working on a sugar-free lemonade recipe! I’ll hopefully post that soon.

    It’s just water + lemon juice + honey so I wouldn’t call it healthy exactly but I definitely consider this honey lemonade to be healthier than traditional lemonade with lots of granulated sugar.

    I haven’t tried it but maybe lime juice would work. Although lime + honey doesn’t sound like such an excellent combination as lemon + honey. I’m not so sure about anything else. I think you’d need a different amount of sweetener, depending on what exactly you use.

    Freshly squeezed lemon juice tastes so much better and a lot different than the bottled stuff. You can use bottled lemon juice but the result simply isn’t as tasty. If you don’t have enough freshly squeezed lemon juice, you can use a little bit of bottled (I think 1/4 cup) without it affecting the taste but I wouldn’t recommend using more.

    If you’re going to make a drink, you might as well make a gallon! This recipe for one gallon homemade lemonade is made with real lemons and sugar. It’s way easier to make than you would think… almost as easy as opening up a can of concentrate! Okay, well not quite the easy, but pretty darn close. And, there’s nothing like freshly squeezed lemonade…especially when it tastes fantastic. Heck you might want to make 5 gallons of this real lemonade!

    Who says lemonade is only for the summer? We had this for dinner tonight, in the middle of winter, with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and Potato Salad. It was a great combo! I love this recipe and keep it in my “Keep Forever” recipe binder. You need either 16 small lemons or 10 large lemons…roughly. You also need 3 1/2 cups white sugar, and 16 cups water. Enjoy!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Another yummy variation of lemonade with real lemons and sugar is to let some basil leaves float in your homemade lemonade for a couple hours. Sounds weird, maybe, but it’s good! The chef at Harmon’s served me a glass, and it was amazing! Taste periodically to see if the lemonade has reached the desired flavor, then remove the leaves.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Fresh homemade lemonade is so simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients. Here are 3 delicious versions of lemonade: Classic, Thyme, and Mint Lemonade. Grab your pitcher and kick off the summer with these icy cool drinks!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of icy cold homemade lemonade on a hot summer day. And you will know when you taste the real freshly squeezed lemonade. The best part is it’s really simple to make this quintessential thirst-quencher from scratch, and you can even make it in advance. Let’s enjoy homemade lemonade all summer along!

    3 Variations for Homemade Lemonade

    Today I’m sharing three delicious homemade lemonade variations for the long summer ahead! In case you want a classic lemonade recipe, I’ve got you covered. I like to add lemon zest to elevate the flavor of the drink.

    I’m also sharing a mint lemonade recipe. I fell in love with the combination when I tried it at a restaurant and it has been on rotation in my kitchen since. That inspired me to make my 3rd lemonade, thyme lemonade, because thyme is my favorite herb! Both of these herb-infused lemonades make impressive mocktails you can serve at summer BBQ or parties.

    You need only 3 ingredients to make classic homemade lemonade: fresh lemons, sugar, and water. The best way to make lemonade is to make a simple syrup first.

    What is Simple Syrup?

    Simple Syrup is sugar that has been dissolved in water. Granulated sugar does not dissolve easily in cold liquids and requires a lot of mixing. Simmering the mixture helps to speed up the dissolving process and to allow the water to absorb more sugar.

    Simple syrup is typically made in a 1:1 mixture (1 cup water : 1 cup sugar). It takes just 5 minutes to make simple syrup while you juice your lemons. During the summer I make a big batch of simple syrup and keep it stored in the refrigerator (you can keep it for 6 months!). With simple syrup ready for use, making lemonade from scratch cannot be any easier!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    3 Helpful Tips for Making Homemade Lemonade

    1. Get an electric lemon squeezer.

    If you make fresh lemonade often like we do, this electric lemon squeezer ($16) is a life savor! But if you have a storage space issue, get this lemon squeezer ($22) instead. When you make a big batch, these gadgets help you squeeze lemons efficiently and faster.

    2. Add simple syrup LAST.

    The key to make good homemade lemonade is a balanced acidity and sweetness.

    Some recipes combine lemon juice and simple syrup first to make “lemon syrup” and then combine with water and ice.

    My method is actually combine lemon juice and water first. Then add simple syrup last . Since the acidity of lemons vary greatly, adding the simple syrup last gives you a full control of the sweetness. Taste as you go until you find the perfect ratio.

    3. Add ice right before serving.

    No body wants a diluted lemonade, so you want to add in the ice right before serving.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    A Little Story Behind Homemade Lemonade

    Our kids have been writing newspaper for fun while we work on recipes on weekends. Their newspaper is called (OUR STREET) TIMES. The newspaper covers local news to domestic news, and sometimes their school life, along with the local weather and a small comic section. They are really into creating the newspaper for fun.

    One weekend they decided to sell fresh lemonade and wrote on the newspaper about their “Lemonade Sale”. It was more of my daughter’s idea and she dragged my son into her project. She pulled out my old Home and Garden Cookbook and made fresh lemonade just enough for the neighbors.

    It was a hot day, close to 80 ºF (27 ºC). My daughter drew the “lemonade sale” banner and they both set up the desk, chair, and even found a colorful parasol from the garage that I haven’t seen in ages. I was pretty impressed.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    The part you don’t know is that we live on top of a very steep hill. Our small street off from the steep hill has only 10 houses. Basically no one comes to our neighborhood except for the residents, mailman, and delivery guy. We never even had a trick-or-treater for the past 10 years!

    So how was their first lemonade sale? Well, they finished selling all the freshly squeezed lemonade. Our kind neighbors helped them by bringing the banner up to the top of the hill, calling passerby to buy fresh lemonade from my kids. The things they learned:

    • Mountain bikers and dog walkers on the hill do not carry cash.
    • Need to find a better source for lemons because $1 per cup doesn’t quite cover the cost of lemons.
    • They live in a community with very kind & supportive neighbors.

    Have you made your first pitcher of lemonade yet? Do you or your kids have a lemonade stand story to share? We’d love to hear from you.

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    Whole-lemon lemonade isn’t a new idea. To the best of my knowledge, it arrived on the pages of the now-defunct Gourmet magazine well over a decade ago. Since then, the idea of making lemonade by simply plunking an entire lemon into your blender, rind and all, with the other ingredients—sugar, water—and blitzing until blended has spread widely. Blender technology has only improved in the intervening years, and the core appeal of the lemonade-making method remains the same. You get to skip the tedious juicing of many, many lemons, but still make lemonade from scratch, plus you get the satisfaction of using up pretty much the entire lemon. 

    I say “pretty much” because blender lemonade does require you to cut the lemon into quarters or eighths and remove the seeds to the extent that you can. The inclusion of the rind in the drink adds a note of bitterness that other lemonade methods don’t really have, and removing the pith helps cut that down. For the lemonade, I usually halve this MyRecipes version of the drink—one lemon, broken down as mentioned, a quarter cup plus two tablespoons of sugar, two cups of water, and a handful of ice, maybe four or five cubes. Blend until frothy, about a minute in my blender. Strain in a fine-mesh sieve, drink. This makes about two servings, but you can up the quantities as needed. Read More: 10 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes to Sip All Summer Long

    You can play with the ratios to make a lemonade that’s tarter or sweeter, according to your liking. I sometimes squeeze an extra lemon into the blender without adding the peel, which ups the tartness and tames the bitterness, too. Admittedly, the bitter undertone in the drink isn’t for everyone, but I found it is a particularly excellent lemonade for making a lemonade frozen cocktail. Add in an ounce of your favorite liquor, and a few more ice cubes, and let it rip. Tequila and gin play very well here, or you could add some bourbon. Our photo editor Sarah Crowder made some with mint and gin, which sounds extremely good. You can also add a pinch of salt if that’s the way you like your beverages, or some herbs like basil or a touch of rosemary, or even a sprig of lavender for a floral undertone. There are no rules in blended-lemonade land!

    The same blending whole method works for limes to make a quick limeade, or a base for Margaritas. Once you lean into the somewhat deranged, who-cares-about-anything-anyway energy of throwing whole lemons in your blender, you won’t want to stop.

    When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s tart, cool and delicious, and it’s super-easy to make! Today I’ll show you how to make homemade lemonade in 3 easy steps with 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water!

    How to Make Lemonade with Real Lemons

    My boys love lemonade! Yellow lemonade, pink lemonade, lemonade from the can, lemonade from the carton… they’ll drink it anyway you serve it and they drink it all year ’round. For a real treat, several weeks ago, I decided to make homemade lemonade for the first time, and WOW, it was amazing!

    Homemade lemonade is such a classic summer-time treat, perfect for lazy days by the pool or a backyard BBQ with family and friends.

    (By the way, if you love lemon recipes, you’ll want to check out my luscious lemon delight as well!)

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Making Lemonade is Easier than you Think

    I was surprised and completely delighted to find out how easy it is to make fresh squeezed lemonade, and I’m not kidding you, my guys can’t get enough of it!

    Because it only takes a few minutes to whip up a fresh batch, I make some every few days, and we’ve been enjoying old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade all summer long!

    Let me show you how to make homemade lemonade that’s so easy and delicious you’ll never buy store-bought again.

    To make fresh-squeezed lemonade, you’ll need:

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    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 5 lemons
    • 5 more cups water

    How To Make Homemade Lemonade In 3 Easy Steps:

    1. simple syrup (see instructions below)
    2. squeeze the lemons
    3. mix it all together

    Let’s start with the simple syrup.

    What is Simple Syrup?

    Simple syrup is simply a solution of sugar and water. Sugar is added to water, and the solution is heated to dissolve the sugar. The result is a liquid sugar that’s used to sweeten drinks. Because the sugar has been dissolved, it won’t settle to the bottom of your glass.

    The thought of making simple syrup always intimidated me in the past. In fact, it’s probably the one reason why I’d never made lemonade from scratch before. Ha! How silly! Simple syrup couldn’t be any easier to make. It truly is SIMPLE. Seriously! It only takes about 2 minutes.

    How To Make Simple Syrup:

    1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot and stir over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. That’s it!
    2. Remove from heat, and let it cool while you’re squeezing your lemons.

    How easy was that? You can see here that my 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar produced a cup and a half of simple syrup.

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    Next step: squeeze the lemons!

    This is my favourite step in making lemonade because the smell of freshly-squeezed lemons is one of my favourite scents ever! One whiff of a lemon or a lime, and I’m in heaven. It’s been that way since I was a little kid. You may recall me talking about my love of citrus fruits in my key lime pie martini recipe.

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    How To Squeeze Lemons:

    OK, so , there are two ways that I know of to squeeze a lemon. The first method calls for an old fashioned lemon juicer.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    You can get one of these handy squeezable lemon juicers but I love my glass juicer. It seriously gets every single drop of lemon juice out of a lemon.

    If you don’t have a lemon juicer, don’t fret; you can squeeze a lemon with a fork!

    How To Squeeze A Lemon With A Fork:

    This is a fun and easy way to squeeze a lemon. You’ll be surprised by how much lemon juice you can actually get out of a lemon this way! This method works almost as well as the glass juicer.

    This is how to do it:

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    1. Cut lemon in half and spear with a fork.
    2. Hold the lemon half in one hand and the fork in the other.
    3. Squeeze the lemon in one hand while pumping the fork up and down with the other hand, as if it were the handle of a water pump.
    4. Continue to squeeze and pump until you’ve extracted all the lemon juice that you can.

    Strain Your Lemon Juice:

    Pour the lemon juice through a strainer, and mash the pulp around to get every last drop of lemony goodness.

    Turn Lemons Into Delicious, Fresh Lemonade:

    Now, pour your lemon juice into a pitcher.

    Add the 5 cups of water.

    Add as much or as little of the simple syrup as you like.

    The nice thing about making homemade lemonade is you can sweeten it to your personal liking. I use all of the simple syrup to make a pitcher of my lemonade, but you can make your lemonade to suit your taste. Sample a bit as you’re mixing the syrup into the juice, and your taste buds will let you know when you’re happy with it.

    I have to show you a the cool pitcher that I keep our homemade lemonade in. It’s an infuser pitcher. There’s a column in the middle of the jug which attaches to the lid, and you can fill it with fruit to make fruit-infused water, or to make your fruit juice fruitier. I fill that column with several lemon wedges to add some extra tartness to my lemonade.

    Of course, you can always just float lemon slices or wedges in a regular jug to get the same effect.

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    Pop your lemonade into the fridge to chill it, or serve it immediately over ice!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Mmmmm! So refreshing!

    A creative way to use empty lemon rinds

    Save the lemon rinds when you make homemade lemonade because you can do something kind of cool with them. Check it out:

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    I wash the outsides of the lemon rinds and place them all into a mini-muffin tin.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Then I fill them with water, and put them in the freezer overnight.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Now I have a bunch of icy lemon cups to toss into a fruit punch or a jug of ice water, or yes, into a jug of homemade lemonade!

    You know what I want to try making next? This Homemade Strawberry Lemonade that I found over at Spend with Pennies. It looks amazing!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    This easy homemade lemonade recipe made with fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar is the perfect refreshing summer drink. Once you try homemade lemonade, you won’t go back to store-bought!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Lemonade is one of those drinks that causes you to slow down and think about the past. All of the summer fun, playing with friends, and baseball games. Thankfully, making homemade lemonade from scratch is super easy!!

    It is also the perfect base to make flavored lemonade, like cherry lemonade and passion tea lemonade, or adult lemonade drinks like blue lemonade cocktail and even a passion tea lemonade cocktail.

    Lemonade ingredients:

    • Lemons – you really do want fresh lemons for the best flavor! You will need 6 to 8 lemons to get 1 cup of juice, it all depends on their size and how juicy they are.
    • Sugar – super-fine sugar, granulated sugar or Swerve granular will all work in this recipe.
    • Water – The amount of water that you use will depend on your own tastes, but 6 cups is a good baseline. Use less for a stronger, sweeter lemonade, or use more if it’s too strong.

    How to make fresh lemonade recipe with lemon juice:

    Measure out the sugar and place in a large glass measuring cup or jar.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Juice the lemons, straining out the pulp until you have one cup of juice. Pour the lemon juice into the sugar.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Stir the mixture together until completely dissolved.

    Pour the lemon juice mixture into a large serving pitcher. Add the water and stir to combine. Place in the refrigerator to chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

    Serve chilled lemonade over ice with lemon slices, if desired.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Recipe Notes & Tips

    • When choosing your lemons, look for lemons that are on the softer side versus rock hard. These lemons will be juicier.
    • Hold a lemon in each hand. If they are the same size but one is heavier than the other, that’s the one you want.
    • Allow your lemons to come to room temperature before juicing them.
    • Roll the lemons between your hand and the countertop before cutting them.
    • Use lemonade within 4 days for freshest flavor.

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    Flavored simple syrup recipes:

    These flavored syrup recipes are an easy and delicious way to change up your lemonade!

    Frozen lemonade concentrate

    To make your own homemade lemonade concentrate, create the classic simple syrup recipe (to help make sure it doesn’t separate) and allow it to cool completely before mixing with the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Place in a zipper top freezer bag and store in the freezer until ready to use, or up to 5 months.

    When ready to use, remove from the freezer and allow the concentrate to defrost. Pour into a pitcher, add water, stir and serve.

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    You just can’t beat a big, cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. I’m a lemon lover, so this classic refreshing drink is right up my alley. I made lemonade the old-fashioned way for years by concocting a simple syrup (boiling sugar and water together until it dissolves and then letting it cool), but the past few summers I’ve been cheating (or being lazy, whatever you want to call it) and making this drink an even easier way. The result? Fresh-squeezed lemonade that comes together more quickly, with no chilling time. The key is to use superfine sugar. At the beginning of each summer, I now buy a big bag, which I dedicate to fulfilling my lemonade cravings during the hot summer months. This recipe is embarrassingly simple, and I often adjust the amount of sugar I use simply based on how much sweetness I’m craving that day. It’s very unscientific and easy to remember. The best part is that it’s a wonderful base recipe or ratio for other variations. Below are three of my favorite lemonade variations, which I’ve been making all summer long.

    Classic Lemonade

    1 1/2 cups lemon juice (12–14 lemons), plus 2 lemons sliced into 1/4-inch rounds

    Strain the lemon juice into a large serving container or pitcher, removing the seeds and pith. Stir in the sugar until dissolved.

    Add 4 cups cold water and continue stirring until well combined. Add the lemon slices. Just before serving, add ice to cups and pour 1 cup lemonade into each.

    Sparkling Lemon-Limeade (Shown Above)

    Substitute 1/2 the lemon juice and slices for lime juice and slices. Add sparkling water to the lemon-lime juice rather than still water.

    Summer Berry Lemonade with Mint

    In a food processor, pulse 1 cup raspberries and 1 cup blackberries until pureed. Strain berry mixture with the back of a spoon in a fine sieve to remove any seeds; discard. Stir berry mixture into prepared lemonade before pouring into cups. Garnish with additional berries and a sprig of fresh mint.

    (For those with a really sweet tooth, my Cotton Candy Lemonade is always a huge hit at summer barbecues and parties.)

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    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Here’s a summertime favorite with a healthy twist. An easy homemade lemonade recipe with honey simple syrup and a splash of orange.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    One of my favorite treats for hot summer days is the fresh-squeezed lemonade you get at local festivals. You know the lemonade stands where they squeeze the lemon juice while you wait, and shake it with superfine sugar and ice?

    Well, this easy version is one of my favorite recipes you can make at home without refined sugar. Refreshing, healthy, and perfect for summer!

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    How to make lemonade

    This recipe starts with making honey simple syrup. Which is a fancy way of saying honey dissolved in hot water. This makes it easy to mix into the lemon juice. If you’ve ever tried to stir honey into a cold drink, you know it just stays together and sinks to the bottom of the glass.

    I like to use a honey that complements the citrus flavors. Try orange blossom honey, or a berry honey like raspberry or blueberry, if you can find it. You can also use your favorite local raw honey.

    You can also swap out the honey for maple syrup to make a vegan lemonade or use one of the low carb natural sweeteners, like stevia or monk fruit, for a keto version.

    Squeezing the lemons goes pretty quickly with a handheld citrus juicer. I have a few different ones and this is the one I like best. You can have all the lemons juiced in the time it takes to heat the water.

    Then all that’s left to do is stir everything together and let it chill in the fridge.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Serve this simple lemonade in tall glasses over a full glass of ice—with a squeeze of orange to add an extra hint of citrusy sweetness. And I like to use paper straws (like these bamboo ones) or glass straws instead of plastic.

    Add it to your summer meal plan and make your honey lemonade during your weekend meal prep session.

    Flavor variations

    Now that you have the basic honey lemonade recipe down, let your creativity run wild with lemonade add-ins and flavor combinations. Here are a few to try:

    • Add frozen fruit – this is a trick I use to keep drinks cold all summer long. Try frozen peaches or watermelon cubes.
    • Add fresh fruit – strawberries are a classic combination for strawberry lemonade. Just muddle a few strawberries in the bottom of the glass and garnish with sliced strawberries.
    • Add fresh herbs – lavender, rosemary, mint, basil – try different combinations with different types of honey or fruit juice for your own mocktail. A lemon wedge and fresh mint is a classic way to serve it.
    • Make popsicles – frozen popsicles are a summer essential and lemonade makes the perfect base for any type of fruit you want to add. (I use these popsicle molds.)
    • Make lemonade ice cubes. Just pour into an ice cube tray and add to any drink to keep it cool without diluting. Try it in iced tea!

    However you make it, this easy lemonade recipe with honey simple syrup is the perfect refreshing drink for hot days!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    The days are finally hot and beautiful here!
    The kinds of days where the air is soft and full of promise.
    And it smells good.
    Yes…it smells good…like petunias and sunscreen and fresh grass on the breeze.
    My favourite kinds of days…

    The kind that require a good old fashioned glass of lemonade.
    The real kind.
    From fresh squeezed lemons.
    It doesn’t get any better than that. ?

    This fresh and delicious lemon drink takes no time at all and is definitely worth the effort!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    If you’ve never had real lemonade, you just don’t know what you’re missing! It’s tart, sweet, SO refreshing and tastes so much better than store bought! So fill your glass, kick back and relax!

    Lemonade Recipe Tips:

    • I often keep cubes of frozen fresh lemon juice in my freezer and will use those to make this recipe.
    • Depending on how sweet or tart you like your drink, you can use 1/2 to 3/4 cup of sugar.
    • This drink will keep in the fridge for several days…that is, if you don’t drink it all by then!

    Fresh Lemonade

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    A refreshing and delicious recipe for real lemonade, made with just 3 ingredients!

    • Author:Jo-Anna Rooney
    • Total Time: 5 minutes
    • Yield: 5 – 6 cups 1 x
    • Category: Drink


    • 6 lemons (juiced)
    • 4 cups water
    • 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending on how sweet or tart you want it)


    1. Juice your lemons. (I just use a hand juicer.)
    2. Add the sugar to the lemon juice and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
    3. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the water and stir.
    4. Serve & enjoy!

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    Have a delicious day!

    Easily the BEST lemonade recipe. Made with only 3 ingredients and in 10 minutes! Perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day!

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    Perfect Lemonade Recipe

    I loooove lemonade. It is my go-to during the summer. It is so versatile. Add a little mint, fresh fruit, half iced tea… The options are endless making it the very best drink recipe.

    But all of that has to start somewhere. This base for regular ol’ lemonade is incredible. No grit, no sticky aftertaste, not too sweet, not too tart… It is perfect.

    Did I mention it also has a two thumbs up rating from my kiddo? That is a highly sought after honor in the One Sweet Appetite home. Especially since this kid is a ‘water only’ kind of person. Watching him guzzle a glass or two is simply adorable.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    How many lemons do you need to make homemade lemonade?

    THIS is the big question. Since the recipe calls for fresh squeezed lemon juice, you are going to need to know how many lemons to purchase. I have found that 5-6 large lemons get me exactly 1 cup of juice. In order to get the 1-1/2 cups called for you will need anywhere from 8 to 10 lemons.

    Here’s a quick tip: Soak your lemons in warm water for 5 ish minutes. From there, roll each gently on the counter and juice. Soaking and rolling makes the juicing process a little less difficult and helps get every last drop from your fruit.

    How long does homemade lemonade last?

    If stored properly, fresh lemonade will last 5-7 days. Disclaimer, chances of you not drinking the entire pitcher in one day is slim. Especially if you bring it to a BBQ, pool party, picnic, or any other outdoor event.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Ingredients to make real lemon lemonade:

    • Granulated Sugar
    • Lemon Zest
    • Lemon Juice
    • Water

    How to make fresh squeezed lemonade with lemon juice:

    1. Gather all of your ingredients. There aren’t many, 3 total, so bust out those lemons, water and sugar.
    2. Add 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water in a small saucepan. Heat until the sugar is dissolved and just simmering. Remove from the burner and allow to come to room temperature.
    3. While your simple syrup is cooling, you can juice your lemons. Slice each in half and place into a lemon juicer. Give a good squeeze. Keep going until you get 1-1/2 cups of lemon juice.
    4. Place 1/4 cup of sugar and lemon zest in the bottom of a large pitcher. Mash with the back of a spoon until fragrant.
    5. Stir in the lemon juice until dissolved. Add the remaining seven cups of water.

    Consider mixing half lemonade with half iced tea. It is the most delicious summer time drink!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    It’s a rule of thumb that makes sense to me, especially with sweet drinks.

    Because at the risk of being the fun police, even homemade drinks like lemonade are still treats (and mostly sugar).

    So this is a treat we make ourselves, especially in hot weather.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    This lemonade recipe requires just a few simple ingredients: lemon juice, sugar, and water–plus fresh lemons if you’ve got them.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    You can make this lemonade with all freshly-squeezed lemons, especially if you’d like to keep your kids occupied for a while. We use an old-fashioned glass juicer like this one but I’ve heard these handheld citrus squeezers work well too.

    Otherwise, enlist some bottled lemon juice to pick up the slack. We’ve tried a few different kinds and do notice a difference between the slightly higher-priced juices (fresher-tasting) and the store-brands (perfectly fine as well).

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Feel free to experiment with ratios. We were using a full cup of sugar before cutting it down. I find this version with less sugar perfectly sweet and satisfying.

    And yes, this lemonade is lighter in color than the instant kind because it’s missing artificial food dyes. (And it tastes a whole lot better than the powdered kind too.)

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    My kids have also been mixing this homemade lemonade with sparkling water to make a fizzy drink.

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    The perfect homemade Lemonade recipe! There’s nothing more refreshing to quench your thirst on a hot summer day than a tall ice cold glass of this fresh lemonade. It’s incredibly easy to make and it’s way better than store-bought (and a millions times better than a mix)!

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Easy Lemonade Recipe

    Lemonade is always the perfect drink for any summer get together or midday lunchtime treat! It’s bright and flavorful and always so satisfying. Plus it’s kid friendly so the whole family can enjoy it.

    It’s a breeze to prepare and it’s the perfect compliment to any summer meal, and of course a highlight of those hot summer holidays. Summer just isn’t complete without it right?

    I find the ratios listed to be the perfect blend of tartness balanced with sweetness but of course it can easily be adjusted to suite your taste.

    Fresh lemonade will just always be of those old fashioned favorites that people will love. I mean who could resist a chilled glass full?

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    Ingredients Needed for Homemade Lemonade:

    • Granulated sugar – the classic sweetener of choice, see notes below for alternative options.
    • Water – I think 9 cups water is perfect, but you can adjust this to taste. If you want a stronger lemonade use 7 or 8 cups, if you want a more diluted lemonade use 10 or 11 cups.
    • Fresh lemon juice – do not use bottled lemon juice! Only freshly squeezed here or it won’t taste the same at all.
    • Ice – keep in mind the more you add the more it will dilute it as it sits. I like to use a couple of cups.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    How to Make the Best Lemonade:

    • Make simple syrup: in a small saucepan combine sugar and 2 cups water.
    • Bring to a boil, while stirring frequently to dissolve sugar.
    • All to cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    • Mix all ingredients: in a large pitcher stir together sugar syrup mixture, 7 cups cold water and lemon juice.
    • Add ice and serve cold.
    • Store in refrigerator.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    How Much Juice is in One Lemon?

    The amount of juice you’ll get from one lemon can vary quite a bit depending on size of the lemon. 1 small lemon will yield about 2 Tbsp juice, 1 medium lemon about 3 – 4 Tbsp juice and 1 large lemon will yield about 4 – 5 Tbsp juice (and extra large lemons about 6 Tbsp).

    But keep in mind every lemon is different and you can never now for sure just by the appearance. I recommend buying a few more lemons than what you think you’ll need to be sure you’ll have enough.

    How Long Does Fresh Lemonade Keep?

    It should keep well for a few days in the refrigerator but keep in mind it’s just like any freshly squeezed juice it’s not pasteurized (heat treated) and can go bad quicker than you’d think. For longer shelf life freeze for a month or two.

    How to make lemonade with one lemon

    How to Make it Sparkling Lemonade?

    Replace the remaining 7 cups water with chilled club soda or sparkling water.

    Can I Sweeten it with Honey or a Sugar Free Substitute Instead?

    Yes you can replace the granulated sugar with honey or stevia but you’ll need to adjust the amounts.

    Honey is sweeter so start with 1 1/4 cups honey and stir into hot water to dissolve. Keep it mind it will impart a honey flavor to the drink. Do not serve it to children under 1.

    For a sugar free option try stevia. I’d use about 4 Tbsp, or to taste.