A pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade with lemon slices and ice and lemons in the background.
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5 from 3 votes

Easy Homemade Lemonade

Easy Homemade Lemonade is a fresh squeezed lemonade recipe made with just 3 ingredients. It's the perfect refreshing summer drink.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Servings: 7
Calories: 179kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice , about 6-8 lemons
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups water , divided


  • Combine sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  • Strain the lemon juice through a fine-mesh sieve into a 2-quart pitcher. Add simple syrup and stir to combine. Refrigerate until cold.
  • When ready to serve, add 2 1/2 cups of cold water and stir. Taste, and add more water if it's too sweet.
  • Serve with ice, thinly sliced lemons and fresh mint, if desired. 


Makes about 7 cups of lemonade.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 56mg | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 2.4% | Vitamin C: 18.1% | Calcium: 0.9% | Iron: 0.9%