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There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold glass of easy-to-make classic homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a gorgeous warm day.

A glass of lemonade with a yellow straw

Nothing crazy weird here. This, my friends, is just a basic fresh squeezed lemonade. I would like to believe that everyone already knows how to make it and are looking at this post wondering why I bothered, but I’ve come to find out that there are a lot of people out there who don’t make their own freshly squeezed lemonade. They either buy it in a bottle, make it from concentrate, or *gasp* mix it up from a powder. Don’t get me wrong – when I was a kid I thought Country Time Lemonade was the best thing on the planet. Now, there’s no way you’d ever catch me drinking that stuff.

The trick to a really good lemonade, as with most sweetened drinks, is to use simple syrup. I’m sure you can buy simple syrup but its a cinch to make and it keeps for quite awhile when stored in an airtight container in your refrigerator. All you do is combine equal parts of sugar and water in a pan and heat just until the sugar has fully dissolved. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Now, feel free to follow my recipe or change it up to satisfy your preferences. I prefer a rather tart lemonade. I want my cheeks to pucker just a wee bit. But if you like it sweeter, just add more simple syrup. In my younger years I used to just mix lemon juice with sugar and water but the sugar would never fully dissolve. As a kid, this was fantastic because I could suck up the gritty sugar with my straw. As a sophisticated adult, however, I enjoy my lemonade to be 100% liquid.

a close up of lemonade in a glass

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Prep5 minutes
Total5 minutes
Servings 1 glass
There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold glass of easy-to-make classic homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a gorgeous warm day.

Ingredients 

  • 1 ounce lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 1 ounce simple syrup see link in notes
  • 4 ounces water
  • ice

Instructions 

  • Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, and water. Mix well. Pour over ice and enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have simple syrup on hand, its easy to make. Just follow the instructions in this post: https://selfproclaimedfoodie.com/make-simple-syrup/

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 22mg, Sugar: 21g, Vitamin C: 11mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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There is nothing better than enjoying an ice cold glass of easy-to-make classic homemade Fresh Squeezed Lemonade on a gorgeous warm day.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Perfect for the new house that has a lemon tree in the backyard, will use this over and over again.