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Real lemon lemonade being served over ice and being served with fresh lemons.

Real Lemon Lemonade Recipe

Sara Vaughn
This real lemon lemonade is a timeless drink that everyone loves. It makes the best kids' lemonade recipe or use to make the best summer cocktails for the adults.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 108 kcal


  • 2 ½ C Lemon Juice Juice of 8-10 lemons
  • 1 ½ C Sugar Or sweetener of choice.
  • 7 + 1½ C Water Divided


  • In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar (or honey) and the 1 ½ C of water. Cook over medium heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, about 5 minutes. You don't want the sugar to start to brown just dissolve into the water. This will make your simple syrup.
    7 + 1½ C Water, 1 ½ C Sugar
  • Remove simple syrup from heat and let it cool.
  • Add the lemon juice and water to a pitcher.
    2 ½ C Lemon Juice, 7 + 1½ C Water
  • Pour in the simple syrup until desired sweetness.
  • Let the real lemon lemonade chill in the fridge until you are ready to serve.


Can you make sugar free lemonade?
I'm not always a fan of sugar substitutes, but there are a few that I've tried and have seen success with within this particular recipe.
Stevia - Stevia lemonade works great. It makes a stevia simple syrup just like sugar does. It also makes this more of a keto lemonade.
Monk Fruit Sweetener - Just like with stevia, you can make a monk fruit simple syrup and add it to make your low-carb lemonade.
Honey - Honey is something I suggest using if you like less sweet lemonade. I find it does make a good honey simple syrup but the sweetness is not as strong as other sweeteners.
The amounts of these will vary depending on types and sweetness preference when compared to traditional sugar. To make your simple syrups use the conversions on the packages to see how much to use.
Can you make lemonade ahead of time?
While I prefer lemonade when it's freshly made, there are a few ways you can make lemonade ahead of time and save yourself some time when you want to make a batch of fresh lemon lemonade.
You can make the simple syrup ahead of time - I like to keep the simple syrup in my fridge to make it easy to sweeten drinks for my kids.
You can freeze lemon juice - I like to portion out fresh lemon juice into ice cube trays and freeze it. Then, I just have to let it defrost the right amount when I want to make a gallon of lemonade.
Can you freeze lemonade?
This real lemon lemonade makes the perfect lemonade popsicle. I just put the made lemonade into the popsicle molds and let them freeze and let my kids enjoy them.
Want a little something more fun? You can blend this real lemonade in a blender with a little heavy cream and make a fun whipped lemonade drink to enjoy.
You can also make a frozen lemonade concentrate with this real lemon lemonade recipe. It makes the perfect way to whip lemonade at home without all the extra work.
How to make a frozen lemonade concentrate?
  1. Make the simple syrup.
  2. Measure the lemon juice.
  3. Combine the simple syrup and lemon juice.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a freezer-safe container and freeze.
When you are ready to make lemonade.
  1. Defrost equal portions of concentrate to cold water (1:1).
  2. Stir till defrosted and enjoy.
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