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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

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The most refreshing drink of all times….Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. A perfect refreshment for any day!

Fresh squeezed lemonade is the only way to go. For me nothing, but fresh squeezed will do. I don’t like powdered mixes. They don’t even taste like lemonade. Frozen concentrate lemonades are a bit too sweet.  But homemade….yep….it’s the only way to go!

Squeezed lemons for fresh squeezed lemonade

What do you need to make fresh squeezed lemonade?

Three ingredients are all you need: lemons, sugar and water.  That’s it! I like my lemonade a bit on the tart side. If you like yours a bit sweeter, you can add a touch more sugar.

Do I need to use fresh lemon juice?

Yes! Bottled lemon juice just isn’t the same as fresh squeezed lemon juice. You want the very best when making this lemonade. My mom will often squeeze lemons and freeze them in one cup containers. Pure frozen lemon juice can be used in this recipe. 

A slice of lemon floating on top of a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.

For me fresh squeezed lemonade is so perfectly refreshing. Nothing quenches my thirst quite like an ice-cold lemonade. Lemons are loaded with vitamins and drinking lemonade is supposed to help keep you calm and cool! I always feel like it hydrates me and gives me a little pick-me-up. Another lemonade recipe I make is Raspberry Lemonade

A few other great recipes using fresh lemons:

Fresh lemon slice next to a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade

 

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade beyondthechickencoop.com
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Fresh squeezed lemonade

Course: Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fresh sqeezed lemonade recipe, lemonade
Servings: 2 quarts
Calories: 79 kcal
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 4-6 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • slices lemon for garnish - optional
Instructions
  1. Mix lemon juice, sugar, and water together in a pitcher.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Serve over ice.
Recipe Notes

If adding ice to the pitcher, reduce the amount of water added. The ice will dilute the lemonade slightly when melting.

Nutrition Facts
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 79
% Daily Value*
Sodium 12mg 1%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 20g 7%
Sugars 19g
Vitamin C 14.3%
Calcium 0.9%
Iron 0.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm


    Fresh lemons make a great drink

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    July 1, 2016 at 4:31 am

    You know, I don’t have a great basic lemonade recipe (and now I do) – my fave is half lemonade, half iced tea! Hello, Summer!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

      My dad loves that combination too!

  • Reply
    Miriam @londonkitchendiaries.com
    July 1, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Homemade lemonade just tops everything 🙂 It is so easy to make and yet so delicious – the perfect summer drink! I hope we will get a little bit of summer soon as it is still raining every day here in London. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:32 am

      I hope you get some warm summer days soon!

  • Reply
    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    July 1, 2016 at 1:12 am

    I agree I love homemade lemonade! It’s got me dreaming of the warmer weather because we are in the middle of winter here in Australia!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Brrrr….keep warm! Maybe enjoy a glass of cold lemonade by the fire. Or my mom always likes hot lemonade. Just heat up a cup and it will warm you through!

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 30, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Wow this looks so yummy and indulgent! Lemonades are the best summer drinks to quench the thirst. Love that you used freshly squeezed lemon juice.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

      They are the best on really hot summer days!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    June 30, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Thank you for reminding me that I need to make a big ol’ vat of lemonade for this weekend 🙂 Hope you and the family have a happy holiday weekend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

      When lemonade is around, people tend to drink it. This recipe can be doubled…tripled….or as big as you need!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 30, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Oh, this sounds perfect for a hot summer day, Kathy! In fact, this would be perfect to whip up for the long weekend. Thanks for the idea…and I agree with you. Those powdered versions just dont taste the same at all. Happy early 4th of July!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:35 am

      Better make lots to last all weekend long!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
    June 30, 2016 at 7:59 am

    there cannot be more refreshing drink! isn’t it? Looks great!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:46 am

      I agree! Totally refreshing!

  • Reply
    mira
    June 30, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Love homemade lemonade! So refreshing and easy to make!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:47 am

      It is so easy to make. There’s really no reason to buy pre-made lemonade!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    June 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

    I am with you, Kathy! Fresh squeezed lemonade ALL THE WAY! Nothing beats the refreshing taste! Yours looks WONDERFUL! I can already envision myself sitting on the porch with a few glasses of this! Cheers, friend – to a wonderful, long weekend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 6:48 am

      The lemon juice has to be fresh squeezed too! That makes the best lemonade!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    June 30, 2016 at 6:42 am

    Fun post, actually, for Father’s Day I was asked to bring….guess what fresh squeezed lemonade. Ok, that and homemade mac n cheese and a fruit salad and Peanut Butter Pie. Busy here! Anyhow, as odd as this sounds, I only usually use one lemon and apples in my fresh lemonade. But I like the idea of just using lemons!! I will try. So refreshing.

  • Reply
    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    June 30, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Homemade lemonade is the way to go, for sure! I always have lemons in the fridge so I see this one in the future for hubby and I. I love mine a little on the tarter side too. Lemonade is the perfect Summer thirst quencher! Enjoy your weekend 🙂

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2016 at 7:00 am

      It’s a great way to use up lemons. I always love having lemonade on hand.

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 30, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Perfect for the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying around here Kathy! Nothing better than fresh squeezed lemonade! Enjoy the 4th my friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 30, 2016 at 5:52 am

      I’m making a huge batch of this lemonade for the 4th! It will help keep us hydrated 🙂

  • Reply
    Rahul @samosastreet.com
    June 29, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    When it comes to refreshing summer drink, a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade is a real treat.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 30, 2016 at 5:52 am

      It’s one of my favorites.

  • Reply
    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    June 29, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Yes, Kathy! Also for us, no powdered mixes, just fresh squeezed lemonade. Your pictures are so lovely and colorful, they convey a sense of freshness!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 30, 2016 at 5:53 am

      Thanks, Nicoletta! Nothing better than fresh!

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