Beverage/ Recipe

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

June 29, 2016 (Last Updated: April 10, 2019)

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


5 from 1 vote
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
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
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice 4-6 lemons
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 quarts water
  • slices lemon for garnish - optional
  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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  • 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
      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 🙂 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
      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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