Cool down with an ice cold glass of Homemade Lemonade. This easy recipe makes a refreshing and crisp lemonade using freshly squeezed lemons.
You’re going to love this recipe for homemade lemonade so much, you’ll be making it all summer long. The best part is that you really only need two ingredients, plus some water! It’s shocking that lemonade is really that easy, right?
Nothing else competes with the flavor of freshly squeezed lemonade. It’s worth it to buy fresh lemons for this recipe – I promise!
Love lemonade? I also have a recipe for Pineapple Mint Lemonade that is equally as refreshing and delicious – with a tropical twist.
This recipe makes a gallon of lemonade. This is a great size for a party, or to keep on hand for the family in the fridge.
Can I make lemonade without simple syrup?
Making simple syrup is surprisingly easy, and a necessary part of making this lemonade. Simple syrup turns your sugar into a liquid, so that it will easily incorporate into your lemonade.
Have you ever tried to add granulated sugar to a cold drink? It doesn’t mix in too well! So, that’s why we’ll make a small batch of simple syrup to use in our lemonade.
How do I make simple syrup for lemonade?
Making simple syrup is very easy. First, add equal parts granulated sugar and water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, and stir until your sugar is dissolved. Cook for another minute, then remove from heat and allow to cool. That’s it!
I like to use simple syrup to sweeten my iced coffees in the morning. You can also use simple syrup to sweeten cocktail recipes.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups lemon juice 5 lbs. lemons = about 2 cups lemon juice
- 12 cups water
- To make simple syrup: In a saucepan over medium heat, add granulated sugar and water. Bring to a boil and stir until sugar dissolves. Simmer for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Allow to cool, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, In a gallon sized pitcher, add your lemon juice and water. When simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, add to pitcher and stir to combine. Add more water as needed to achieve desired sweetness.
- Refrigerate, or serve over ice and enjoy. Optionally garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges.