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.