From Scratch: How to Make Homemade Lemonade with Real Lemons

Lemonade is a classic thirst quencher that has been enjoyed for generations. While it is easy to buy premade lemonade at the store, there is something special about making it from scratch. In this article, we will guide you through the process of making homemade lemonade with real lemons.

Gathering Your Ingredients

Before you begin making lemonade, you will need to gather your ingredients. The key ingredient in this recipe is, of course, fresh lemons. You will need around 6-8 medium-sized lemons to make enough juice for a pitcher of lemonade. You will also need sugar and water.

Preparing the Lemon Juice

To prepare the lemon juice, start by washing and drying the lemons thoroughly. Then roll them on a hard surface like a countertop to help release the juices inside. Cut each lemon in half and use a juicer or reamer to extract as much juice as possible.

Next, strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher or large bowl. This step will remove any pulp or seeds from your juice, ensuring that your lemonade is smooth and refreshing.

Making the Simple Syrup

Once you have prepared your lemon juice, it’s time to make the simple syrup that will sweeten your lemonade. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine equal parts sugar and water (for example, one cup of sugar and one cup of water). Stir occasionally until all the sugar has dissolved completely.

Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from heat and let it cool down completely before adding it to your pitcher of lemon juice. This step ensures that your syrup doesn’t dilute your freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Combining Your Ingredients

The final step in making homemade lemonade with real lemons is to combine your ingredients. In a large pitcher, mix the lemon juice and simple syrup together. Then add four cups of cold water, stirring until everything is well combined.

If you want to get creative, you can add some mint leaves or sliced strawberries to your lemonade for an extra burst of flavor. Once you’re satisfied with the taste, chill your lemonade in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.


Homemade lemonade with real lemons is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days. By following these simple steps, you can make your own delicious homemade lemonade from scratch using fresh ingredients. So why wait? Grab some lemons and get started on making your own homemade lemonade today.

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