homemade lemonade in glass on a table.

Homemade Lemonade

Jump to Recipe

This homemade lemonade is so refreshing and is the perfect drink to have during the hot summer or any time of the year.

Homemade lemonade is so easy to make and even better if you have your own fresh lemons right of the tree to use. If not, no worries, store-bought lemons will work just fine. This recipe turns out perfect every time, it is pretty much fool proof!

And the best part is you only need three ingredients, sugar, water, and lemons, pretty awesome right? If I can do it, you can do it. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

In order to make this amazing homemade lemonade you just need a few easy ingredients and a couple of tools:

  • Lemons – If they are freshly picked off the tree, even better. Or if you already have pure lemon juice you can use that as well.
  • Sugar – Use white granulated sugar.
  • Water – I like to use filtered water because my tap water is really gross.


Step 2: How to make the best homemade lemonade

Water and sugar boiling in a pot on a stovetop.

One of the keys to making the perfect lemonade at home is by starting with a simple syrup. To make the simple syrup, add one cup of your water to a medium pot along with the sugar.

Heat the water and sugar on the stovetop with medium heat stirring occasionally until it boils. Why do this? This ensures the sugar is completely dissolved, so you won’t have any grainy sugar taste in your lemonade.

Simple syrup is a very common ingredient in lots of drinks. So you can make a whole bunch of it ahead of time if you want.

Once the water boils and the sugar is dissolved, remove the pot from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature.

Step 3: Juicing the lemons

Hand juicing lemons with a white juicer.

You can’t have homemade lemonade with lemons and lemon juice. Once the simple syrup has cooled down you can juice those lemons.

Use a hand juicer or an electric Juicer whichever you prefer. If you want to burn a few calories ahead of time, use the hand juicer.

Once you are done juicing the lemons place it in a glass or bowl and chill both the lemon juice and the simple syrup for 30 minutes to an hour. You can also chill the remaining 7 cups of water as well.

Step 4: Finish the homemade lemonade

Hand pouring homemade lemonade in a tall glass serving container.

Once the simple syrup, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and water have chilled it is time to mix it all together to complete the lemonade.

Combine everything in a large pitcher or some sort of beverage dispenser. Stir with a spoon and then you can finish it off with some thinly sliced lemons, and mint if you like, to add color to it.

Glass of homemade lemonade next to a beverage dispenser on a wooden table.

Serve it plain or add some ice to make it even colder. It is the perfect drink to have with some homemade hamburgers, corn dogs, ribs, fajitas, etc. Enjoy!

How long does homemade lemonade last?

Homemade lemonade will last about a week in the fridge. Although I doubt it will last that long, it is so yummy.

Homemade lemonade pin for Pinterest
(Pin it)

Here are some other recipes you may like:

Homemade Milkshakes

Homemade Hot Chocolate

Creamsicle Float

Ice Cube Tray Popsicles

White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

homemade lemonade in glass on a table.
Print Recipe Pin Recipe
5 from 3 votes

Homemade Lemonade

This amazing homemade lemonade is so easy to make and is the perfect refreshing summer drink. All you need are three ingredients, lemons, water, and sugar.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Cooling Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Beverages, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: lemons, refreshing, sweet
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 180kcal
Author: Matt Taylor


  • Juicer
  • Knife
  • pot
  • Wooden spoon


  • 8 to 10 medium lemons
  • 8 cups of water 1.9L
  • 1 3/4 cups of white granulated sugar 350g


  • Begin by combining 1 cup of water with the sugar in a medium pot and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally until it boils and the sugar dissolves completely. Remove the pot from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool to room temp.
  • Juice the lemons with either a hand juicer or electric one. Place the lemon juice and the room temp simple syrup, along with the remaining 7 cups of water in the fridge and allow them to chill for 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Combine the simple syrup, lemon juice, and water in a large pitcher or beverage dispenser. Stir it with a long spoon. Add lemon slices and mint leaves if desired. Serve and enjoy!


How to Make Lemonade - Easy Amazing Lemonade Recipe


List of nutritional facts for homemade lemonade
Tried this recipe?Mention @WPRecipeMaker or tag #wprecipemaker!


Calories: 180kcal

Do you like this recipe? Please give it a rating and comment down below, I really appreciate it. If you make it tag me on Instagram @inthekitchenwithmatt. Also, sign up for the newsletter so you won’t miss out on any of my new posts and recipes.


  1. 5 stars
    This lemonade is so refreshing and timeless! I tried this recipe today and it tasted better than the store-bought ones. I definitely will be making it again, it’s so simple!

  2. 5 stars
    One of the reasons to love all the lemon trees in our backyard! This is so refreshing & perfectly sweet!

  3. 5 stars
    LOVE this simple homemade lemonade recipe! So good and sooo refreshing.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Recipe Rating

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.