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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

June 29, 2016 (Last Updated: October 27, 2020)

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The most refreshing drink of all times – Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. Made with just freshly squeezed lemons, sugar and water. 

A glass filled with lemonade with a lemon slice floating on top.

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 – it’s the only way to go!

Squeezed lemons in a blue bowl.

What do you need to make 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 a glass of 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. You might also want to try this refreshing sparkling limeade

A few other great recipes using fresh lemons:

Fresh lemon slice next to a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade.

Whip up a batch of this refreshing beverage and then sit back, sip and relax!

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Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Fresh squeezed lemonade
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 2 quarts
Calories 79 kcal


  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • slices lemon for garnish - optional


  • Mix lemon juice, sugar, and water together in a pitcher.
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • Serve over ice.


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


Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 20gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 31mgSugar: 19gVitamin C: 11.8mgCalcium: 9mg
Keyword fresh sqeezed lemonade recipe, lemonade
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  • Reply
    Fred G
    March 23, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    5 stars
    Fresh lemons make a great drink

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    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
      July 2, 2016 at 6:31 am

      My dad loves that combination too!

  • Reply
    July 1, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Homemade lemonade just tops everything ๐Ÿ™‚ 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 2, 2016 at 6:32 am

      I hope you get some warm summer days soon!

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    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
      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!

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    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
      July 2, 2016 at 6:34 am

      They are the best on really hot summer days!

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