Simple ingredients blended effortlessly make the best recipes and this Homemade Lemonade Recipe is no exception. Fresh squeezed lemon juice, water and simple syrup are stirred up to create the most iconic summer beverage ever made. The perfect way to quench your thirst all season long.

glass of lemonade with a lemon slice and blue straws.

Homemade Lemonade

Summer just isn’t summer without a cold glass of lemonade and this homemade lemonade is just what you’ll remember from your childhood. Made with freshly squeezed lemons, water and sugar, it’s the best way to beat the sweaty, humid, hot days that still linger ahead of us.

This recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and tart but can be easily adjusted to your personal taste. And you can easily amp up the flavor profile by adding some blended fruit like strawberries or blueberries.

Long lazy days were made for a tall glass of this easy Lemonade.

electric juicer with a pitcher of lemon juice in front of the spout

Ingredients for the Best Lemonade

You only need three ingredients to make a refreshing, homemade Lemonade.

  • Lemons – Fresh squeezed lemons are best for making your lemonade better than ever. Resist the urge to buy bottled lemonade.
  • Simple Syrup – Simple syrup is just sugar water and it ensures there are no grainy granules of sugar in your beverage. You can make my homemade Simple Syrup or buy it at the store.
  • Water – You can use regular still water or sparkling water for a more leveled up drink.
Lemon juice being poured into a glass pitcher.

How To Make Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade made from scratch is a must have during the summer months whether you’re at the beach or in the city. It’s tart, sweet and refreshing. It’s sunshine in a glass and it’s so incredibly simple to make.

Fresh squeezed lemon juice is blended with water and stirred with simple syrup, then poured over ice and sipped through a straw while listening to the crickets chirp in the distance.

It’s something I always have in the fridge and it’s even more delish mixed with a little libation like vodka or gin.

  1. Add all the ingredients to a pitcher with ice.
  2. Stir.
  3. Chill and serve.
Lemonade being stirred in a glass pitcher.

How Long Does Lemonade Last

This easy Lemonade recipe will last in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks but I promise you, it’s going to vanish way before that. It’s sweet, tart flavor keeps you coming back for more!

Pitcher of lemonade with lemon slices floating on top

Serving Suggestions

This Classic Lemonade Recipe is the perfect party staple, too! Sip it on it’s own in a glass filled with ice or add it as a mixer for a DIY bar to round out your cocktail selection (I always serve these Strawberry Mojitos and Blueberry Juleps, too!)

Served with some fun summer dishes like my favorite Classic Lobster Rolls or a big bowl of Banana Pudding, your guests will never want to leave.

3 glasses of lemonade on a wicker placemat.

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Get the Recipe: Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Simple ingredients are used to make the BEST Lemonade ever. Make a big batch to sip on at your next summer party.
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  • 3 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup simple syrup


  • Pitcher
  • 1 juicer


  • In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, water and simple syrup.
  • Stir in ice and lemon slices, if desired. Serve garnished with lemon slices, if desired.


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You can adjust the lemonade to your personal preference. Want a less intense lemon flavor?  Add a bit more water, to taste.  Want it a bit sweeter? Add more simple syrup! So easy!
Calories: 133kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 0g, Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 31mg, Potassium: 120mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin C: 35.4mg, Calcium: 15mg, Iron: 1.6mg