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How to make lemonade with one lemon

Skip the bottled ones and master the skill of HOW TO MAKE LEMONADE at home. Learn the old-fashioned way PLUS other thirst-quenching lemonade variations to kick off your summer escapades. You’re just one squeeze away from this natural refreshing drink!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

As the old saying goes, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!”. I don’t know about you, but this summer season, I feel like a fresh-squeezed lemonade drink would really quench my thirst and I want nothing more but the “quenchiest” homemade lemonade.

Today, I want to share with you my easy peasy lemon squeezy lemonade recipes so you can also escape the summer heat!

Getting the Right Lemons

In different parts of the world, lemons are used in almost everything. From food to cosmetics, and even as a cleaning agent. Lemons are undeniably versatile. I can still remember my 8th-grade science project, I used lemon juice to make a baking soda fountain. How is this relevant to a food blog? Well, I’ll tell you more about it below.

Of course, you’re gonna need lemons for your lemonade, so I suggest you pick the right ones. Whether it’s from the farm or the grocery store, you could tell if you have a fresh one or a bad nugget.

Give it a Light Squeeze. It shouldn’t be rock hard. When you squeeze it, it should be a bit squishy but still firm.

Bright and Sunny. When you look at it, it should have a bright yellow color. The brighter the yellow, the better.

Check the Skin. Always go for the smooth-skinned ones rather than the rougher ones. As the lemons get older, it gets soggy and rougher which also means that it’s losing its juice. (Hey, this sounds familiar…🤔)

Size Doesn’t Matter. Size matters in one way or the other. But for lemons, the smaller ones usually give off more juice.

Pro Tip: To get the most juice out of the lemons, roll them around on a chopping board while lightly pressing down. This loosens the lemon and gives you more juice from every pulp.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to Make Lemonade from Scratch

Homemade lemonade is one of the easiest drinks you could make. You can even start your own lemonade business with this golden sour drops. So, let’s start making your drink!

For this fresh lemonade recipe, we will need…

  • Lemons, and a lot of lemons (around 4 to 5 good ones)
  • Ice cold water
  • Either homemade simple syrup or about a cup of granulated sugar

I personally prefer using my own homemade simple syrup. Just mix in together equal parts of lemon juice and icy water and add simple syrup to taste. As simple as that! You’ll have your thirst-quenching lemonade drink in no time.

And if you prefer using granulated sugar, just mix the sugar and the lemon juice completely before adding in the ice-cold water. And there you have it. Your own fresh homemade lemonade!

Lemonade variations

Fresh squeezed lemonade is so popular that it has different variations throughout the world. Here are just a few ideas that you can try at home:

Strawberry Lemonade – The sweet and tartness of this drink makes it a family-favorite especially during warmer days. Just use about 2-3 cups of strawberries, then puree or juice them before adding into your lemonade mixture. RECIPE HERE

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Mango Lemonade – This lemonade drink will surely tantalize your taste buds. Simply puree chopped mangoes along with the lemon juice, sugar (or honey if you want it healthier), and water. And voila! Summery bright yellow mango lemonade to keep you cool. RECIPE HERE

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Pineapple Lemonade – Fresh pineapples are truly a summer staple. And when you add it to your lemonade, you’ll have one sweet, fruity, tart drink that screams tropical vacation. RECIPE HERE

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

But why stop there, when you can add other ingredients, too. Oh yesss! Other than those 3 above, you can also try mixing other ingredients into your easy lemonade recipes like ginger, lemongrass, cucumber slices, basil and last, but not least, baking soda. The possibilities are endless!

How to Make Lemonade

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

To get the most juice out of your lemons roll them on a cutting board while pressing it down. Cut the lemon in half and then juice lemons with a lemon juicer or you can equally squeeze with your hands, a little elbow grease wouldn’t hurt. Add to a measuring cup.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Then pour into a pitcher, followed by water and simple syrup to taste. If using granulated sugar add sugar, mix with lemon juice, then add water last. Stir to fully combine.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Slice the lemons and add them to the pitcher. Refrigerate until ready to be used.

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How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s tart, cool and delicious, and it’s super-easy to make! Today I’ll show you how to make homemade lemonade in 3 easy steps with 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water!

How to Make Lemonade with Real Lemons

My boys love lemonade! Yellow lemonade, pink lemonade, lemonade from the can, lemonade from the carton… they’ll drink it anyway you serve it and they drink it all year ’round. For a real treat, several weeks ago, I decided to make homemade lemonade for the first time, and WOW, it was amazing!

Homemade lemonade is such a classic summer-time treat, perfect for lazy days by the pool or a backyard BBQ with family and friends.

(By the way, if you love lemon recipes, you’ll want to check out my luscious lemon delight as well!)

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Making Lemonade is Easier than you Think

I was surprised and completely delighted to find out how easy it is to make fresh squeezed lemonade, and I’m not kidding you, my guys can’t get enough of it!

Because it only takes a few minutes to whip up a fresh batch, I make some every few days, and we’ve been enjoying old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade all summer long!

Let me show you how to make homemade lemonade that’s so easy and delicious you’ll never buy store-bought again.

To make fresh-squeezed lemonade, you’ll need:

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 lemons
  • 5 more cups water

How To Make Homemade Lemonade In 3 Easy Steps:

  1. simple syrup (see instructions below)
  2. squeeze the lemons
  3. mix it all together

Let’s start with the simple syrup.

What is Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is simply a solution of sugar and water. Sugar is added to water, and the solution is heated to dissolve the sugar. The result is a liquid sugar that’s used to sweeten drinks. Because the sugar has been dissolved, it won’t settle to the bottom of your glass.

The thought of making simple syrup always intimidated me in the past. In fact, it’s probably the one reason why I’d never made lemonade from scratch before. Ha! How silly! Simple syrup couldn’t be any easier to make. It truly is SIMPLE. Seriously! It only takes about 2 minutes.

How To Make Simple Syrup:

  1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small pot and stir over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. That’s it!
  2. Remove from heat, and let it cool while you’re squeezing your lemons.

How easy was that? You can see here that my 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar produced a cup and a half of simple syrup.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Next step: squeeze the lemons!

This is my favourite step in making lemonade because the smell of freshly-squeezed lemons is one of my favourite scents ever! One whiff of a lemon or a lime, and I’m in heaven. It’s been that way since I was a little kid. You may recall me talking about my love of citrus fruits in my key lime pie martini recipe.

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How To Squeeze Lemons:

OK, so , there are two ways that I know of to squeeze a lemon. The first method calls for an old fashioned lemon juicer.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

You can get one of these handy squeezable lemon juicers but I love my glass juicer. It seriously gets every single drop of lemon juice out of a lemon.

If you don’t have a lemon juicer, don’t fret; you can squeeze a lemon with a fork!

How To Squeeze A Lemon With A Fork:

This is a fun and easy way to squeeze a lemon. You’ll be surprised by how much lemon juice you can actually get out of a lemon this way! This method works almost as well as the glass juicer.

This is how to do it:

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

  1. Cut lemon in half and spear with a fork.
  2. Hold the lemon half in one hand and the fork in the other.
  3. Squeeze the lemon in one hand while pumping the fork up and down with the other hand, as if it were the handle of a water pump.
  4. Continue to squeeze and pump until you’ve extracted all the lemon juice that you can.

Strain Your Lemon Juice:

Pour the lemon juice through a strainer, and mash the pulp around to get every last drop of lemony goodness.

Turn Lemons Into Delicious, Fresh Lemonade:

Now, pour your lemon juice into a pitcher.

Add the 5 cups of water.

Add as much or as little of the simple syrup as you like.

The nice thing about making homemade lemonade is you can sweeten it to your personal liking. I use all of the simple syrup to make a pitcher of my lemonade, but you can make your lemonade to suit your taste. Sample a bit as you’re mixing the syrup into the juice, and your taste buds will let you know when you’re happy with it.

I have to show you a the cool pitcher that I keep our homemade lemonade in. It’s an infuser pitcher . There’s a column in the middle of the jug which attaches to the lid, and you can fill it with fruit to make fruit-infused water, or to make your fruit juice fruitier. I fill that column with several lemon wedges to add some extra tartness to my lemonade.

Of course, you can always just float lemon slices or wedges in a regular jug to get the same effect.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Pop your lemonade into the fridge to chill it, or serve it immediately over ice!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Mmmmm! So refreshing!

A creative way to use empty lemon rinds

Save the lemon rinds when you make homemade lemonade because you can do something kind of cool with them. Check it out:

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

I wash the outsides of the lemon rinds and place them all into a mini-muffin tin.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Then I fill them with water, and put them in the freezer overnight.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Now I have a bunch of icy lemon cups to toss into a fruit punch or a jug of ice water, or yes, into a jug of homemade lemonade!

You know what I want to try making next? This Homemade Strawberry Lemonade that I found over at Spend with Pennies. It looks amazing!

If you are experimenting with fresh juices, you may be interested in learning how to make lemonade with lemon juice and a blend of other fruit. Or,perhaps you’d rather make it the old-fashioned way with sugar. Both are refreshing, but lemonade made with fresh fruits as the sweetener is a healthy alternative to sugary drinks.

The Versatile Lemon

The juice of lemons is used in a variety of ways from seasoning seafood, to adding a nice citrus zing to our drinking water. After you’ve juiced the lemon, the peel can be ground in your garbage disposal to freshen it with natural deodorizing qualities. Historically, women have used it to lighten freckles and bring out highlights in their hair.

This powerful little fruit has also been used to treat digestive problems. Mixed with hot water it is said to help relieve:

  • Nausea
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation

Whether you use it as a garnish, skin care product, seasoning, or as a medicinal aid, probably the most well-known use is in making the sweet, refreshing beverage known as lemonade.

Lemon Juice Benefits

While sipping on your homemade lemonade, you may be surprised to learn that not only does it taste deliciously refreshing, but the lemon juice in it also offers a number of health benefits. These benefits are linked to fresh lemon juice, though, not the reconstituted variety. Benefits include:

  • Natural diuretic
  • High vitamin C content
  • High in potassium
  • Good source of calcium
  • Good source of magnesium

How to Juice a Lemon

For such a little fruit, lemons pack a powerful amount of flavor, and a little juice goes a long way. How you juice your lemons will also make a difference in the taste of the lemon juice. For instance, if you cut a lemon in half and juice it with a standard hand citrus juicer or citrus press, your juice will be tart but not as potent as juice processed with a juicer that juices the lemon peel and all. This will make a difference in the amount of sweetener and water needed when making a lemonade recipe.

How to Make Lemonade with Lemon Juice

The following recipes will show you how to make lemonade with lemon juice. The first is made without sugar and is a favorite among juicing recipes suitable for vegetarians or vegans on a raw food diet. The second is a traditional recipe for old fashioned lemonade sweetened with refined sugar. Both taste great, but the first is full of all things good.

Apple Lemonade

  • 6 medium Granny Smith apples
  • ¼ lemon juiced (peel and all)
  • Add water to dilute to desired consistency and taste.

DirectionsTo make apple lemonade you will need a masticating or centrifugal juicer which grinds the lemon, peel and all, and extracts the juice. These types of juicers take quartered apples, seeds, peel and all and deliver a pure, sweet apple juice. The type of apple you use for the recipe will make a difference in the sweetness of you lemonade. Granny Smith apples are tarter than most other apples. They complement the lemon’s flavor and add the right touch of sweetness for most pallets. If this lemonade is too sour for you, try a different kind of apple for your sweetening agent. Makes approximately 2 quarts. Chill and serve over ice.

Old Fashioned Lemonade

  • Juice from approximately 6 lemons (1 cup)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cold water

Directions

Juice approximately 6 lemons to make 1 cup of juice. If you use a hand juicer or press to juice lemons, you can make the juicing process a little easier if you roll the lemons back and forth with your palm on the countertop while applying a little pressure. Then cut lemons in half and juice. Mix all ingredients in a gallon pitcher. Add the last 2 cups of water a little at a time until your lemonade reaches the tart but sweet taste that’s right for you. Chill and serve over ice.

If you don’t have time to make lemonade, add lemon juice to your drinking water for a refreshing beverage with all the benefits of lemon juice.

Stir together a batch of homemade lemonade using fresh lemons and bottled lemon juice to save time. It’s a sweet and refreshing treat!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

If you want a treat, make it yourself.

It’s a rule of thumb that makes sense to me, especially with sweet drinks.

Because at the risk of being the fun police, even homemade drinks like lemonade are still treats (and mostly sugar).

So this is a treat we make ourselves, especially in hot weather.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

This lemonade recipe requires just a few simple ingredients: lemon juice, fresh lemons, sugar, and water.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

You can make this lemonade with all freshly-squeezed lemons, especially if you’d like to keep your kids occupied for a while. We use an old-fashioned glass juicer like this one but I’ve heard these handheld citrus squeezers work well too.

Otherwise, enlist some bottled lemon juice to pick up the slack. We’ve tried a few different kinds and do notice a difference between the slightly higher-priced juices (fresher-tasting) and the store-brands (perfectly fine as well).

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Feel free to experiment with ratios. We were using a full cup of sugar before cutting it down. I find this version with less sugar perfectly sweet and satisfying.

And yes, this lemonade is lighter in color than the instant kind because it’s missing artificial food dyes. (And it tastes a whole lot better than the powdered kind too.)

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

My kids have also been mixing this homemade lemonade with sparkling water to make a fizzy drink.

Hope you and your kids enjoy this sweet treat!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

My kids love homemade lemonade. Whenever our fruit bowl is overflowing with lemons someone always suggests making a batch of lemonade. We use a tried and true recipe that is easy and doesn’t involve any cooking on the stove top. My kids like to be involved every step of the way – squeezing the lemons, stirring the mixture and especially adding the ice.

Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe

You will need (makes approximately 4 cups):

  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (approximately 5 lemons)
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1 to 2 cups of cold water

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

To make:

  1. Pour the sugar and boiling water into a jug. I don’t let the kids add the boiling water, I do that myself.
  2. Stir to completely dissolve the sugar in the water.
  3. Place the jug of sugar syrup in the fridge to cool. We add ice to the jug to speed this process up sometimes.
  4. While you are waiting for the sugar syrup to cool – squeeze the lemons. We use an old glass citrus squeezer. To make one cup of lemon juice we generally squeeze five or six lemons. I keep a couple of spare lemons on standby when making lemonade – we often lose a fair amount of juice due to spillage when my 3 year old is in control of the pouring!
  5. Strain the lemon juice into the jug of cooled sugar syrup.
  6. Add one to two cups of cold water depending on how strong you like your lemonade and stir to combine.
  7. Dress your lemonade up with lemon slices, mint leaves, rose petals or pretty straws.
  8. Enjoy!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Tip: There is some waiting time involved in the lemonade-making process as the sugar syrup has to cool. If your kids don’t like to wait you can always prepare the sugar syrup the night before so it is cold and ready to go.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

We often set up a special table with a tablecloth and some afternoon tea to accompany our homemade lemonade and every time we make it my kids want to set up a lemonade stand on the pavement in front of our house. So far I have avoided this but I am not sure how much longer I can!

Have you made homemade lemonade with your children?

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Ali Wright is mum to two young mini makers – their favourite place to be is around the craft table with glitter in their hair. Ali’s focus is on process oriented art as she loves watching her kids experiment with creative materials. When not busy with art and craft, you’ll likely find them at work and play in their small city garden. As the mini makers love a good mess, their days include lots of water and messy play!

Most lemonade products — from ready-to-drink beverages to powder mixes — are packed with sugar. Even popular “sugar-free” options, such as Crystal Light and Chick-fil-A diet lemonade, contain a significant amount of net carbs.

For a refreshing lemonade that is both refreshing and healthy, your best option is making it yourself. All you’ll need is three ingredients and this keto lemonade recipe!

How to Make Keto Lemonade: 3 Ingredients, One Step

For a quick and simple keto-friendly lemonade, blend or mix together lemon juice, keto sweetener, and water. Pour over ice (or blend a cup of lemonade with ice for a keto slushy), and enjoy!

Start with the ingredient ratios we recommend in the recipe. After they are mixed together, taste and make adjustments from there to fit your flavor preferences.

For example, if you want a stronger sour flavor in each sip, add a small amount of extra lemon juice. Conversely, to make your lemonade sweeter, use a bit more keto sweetener.

If you end up overdoing it with the lemon juice or the sweetener, simply add more water to balance it out.

What Can I Use to Sweeten my Keto Lemonade More?

Any keto-friendly sweetener will work, but I recommend using the sweetener called for in this recipe first. We made sure to choose a sweetener that works well with lemon juice.

However, if you have a strong preference for a particular keto sweetener, feel free to use it as a substitute. To find the right replacement ratio, use our keto sweetener substitution chart.

How Many Net Carbs are in This Keto Lemonade Recipe?

The net carb content of your lemonade will depend on how much lemon juice you use and how much you dilute the lemonade. According to the USDA database, one cup (8 ounces) of raw lemon juice has

12 grams of net carbs.

To find how many net carbs are in each cup of lemonade, divide the total number of net carbs in your recipe by how many servings of lemonade you made.

As an example, if you prefer a stronger lemonade, you may end up using 1 cup of lemon juice for every 5 cups of water (as we did in the recipe). This means each cup of keto lemonade would have

2.5 grams of net carbs (i.e., 12 g of net carbs divided among 5 servings of lemonade). If you add more water and dilute the lemon juice, each serving of lemonade will have fewer net carbs.

Enhancing the Quality of Your Keto Lemonade: Can You Add Fruit?

If you’d like to take your low-carb lemonade to the next level, try implementing one or more of the following tips:

  • Use fresh lemon juice — Bottled lemon juice has a different acidity level and an odd flavor because of the added preservatives. Juice your lemons fresh for the best quality lemonade.
  • Pick the juiciest lemons — Look for brightly-colored, medium- to large-sized fruits with minimal discolorations. The juiciest lemons will feel heavier than their size indicates, and their skin will give a little when you gently squeeze them. In contrast, hard and surprisingly light lemons will have less juice.
  • Upgrade your juicing equipment — If you are planning to make keto lemonade often or in bulk, try using a top squeezer citrus juicer or an electric juicer (rather than squeezing the lemons by hand).
  • Enhance the flavor with keto fruit and herbs — Add some blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mint, basil, and/or cayenne to your lemonade and let it infuse in the fridge as it cools. You can also use frozen low-carb berries as a way to cool your drink and enhance the flavor at the same time. If you end up eating the berries, make sure you add it to your carb count for the day. The same applies to any low-carb fruit you consume on keto.
  • Add electrolytes to help remedy the keto flu — You can also turn this refreshing lemonade into an electrolyte drink that will help you adapt to keto eating. Simply add ⅛ to ¼ tsp of sea salt (for sodium), ⅛ to ¼ tsp of cream of tartar (for potassium), and/or 1-2 tbsp of unflavored Natural Calm (for magnesium) to every 6 cups of lemonade.
  • Turn it into a refreshing keto slushy — Freeze and partially thaw your lemonade or add ice to freshly made lemonade, pour into the blender, and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

How Long Will It Last? Can You Freeze Keto Lemonade?

Your keto lemonade will stay fresh for at least 24 hours if you are planning to carry it around or leave it out during the day. When stored in the fridge, the lemonade will keep for at least a week.

If you’d like to preserve it even longer, you can also freeze it. Just make sure to leave enough space in your storage container so the lemonade can expand as it freezes.

Yields 5 servings of Keto Lemonade

The Preparation

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 cups water, filtered
  • 1 teaspoon liquid stevia

The Execution

1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher large enough to hold all of the ingredients.

2. Mix together and taste. Adjust sweetener to taste. Tip: Add a pinch or 2 of salt to keep electrolytes up.

3. Serve over ice and enjoy!

Makes 5 total servings of Keto Lemonade. Each serving comes out to be 9 calories, 0g fats, 2.5g net carbs, and 0.2g protein.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Lemonade is a summer-time favorite at family dinners and cook-outs, and this lemonade recipe for kids will please the younger crowds too. Sweet lemonade presented in a glass pitcher and served in pretty drinking glasses makes the occasion more special. Make homemade lemonade using lemon juice from concentrate, which is made from the juice of real lemons and bottled without sugar. Use the right combination of water and sugar with the lemon juice for a pitcher of refreshing lemonade with flavor balanced between sweet and tart.

How to Make Lemonade With Lemon Juice

Total Time: 15 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes Serves: 5 to 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup lemon juice from concentrate
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon

Directions

1. In a pitcher, add the lemon juice, water and sugar and stir until sugar dissolves and the liquids are fully combined.

2. Using the heel of the hand, roll the lemon across a counter top to soften and loosen the juice, and use a knife to remove the ends.

3. With a sharp knife, make as many thin lemon slices as possible.

4. Add the slices to the pitcher, which contribute a fresh flavor, aromatics and an appealing, natural visual appearance to the lemonade.

5. Serve the lemonade over ice in a tall glass and garnish with a mint sprig.

6. Alternatively, dress up the serving glass with a fruit garnish on the rim. A strawberry or orange slice sits well and provide a last bit of edible surprise.

Frozen Concentrate vs. Reconstituted Lemon Juice

The concentrated, frozen lemonade drink sold in 12-ounce cans found in the freezer section of your grocer contains sugar. Frozen lemonade, which is an add-water-and-mix drink, is not reconstituted lemon juice, which is sold in bottles and in the small lemon-shaped plastic containers found in the produce section.

Many reconstituted lemon juice products are made from lemon juice concentrate, filtered water and lemon oil. Preservatives often are added, but no sugar. Three tablespoons of reconstituted lemon juice equal the juice of one lemon.

Variations and Tips For Lemonade Recipes

Lemonade Variations

Use an alternative sweetener or a sugar substitute instead of refined sugar. Look for conversion information, such as how much aspartame or agave equals 1 cup of sugar, on the manufacturer websites or the product packaging.

For a mixed spin on lemonade with natural sugars, add a small proportion of 100 percent fruit juice such as pineapple, orange or pomegranate. Create a fruitier lemonade with pureed fruit, such as peaches, raspberries or blueberries. Replace 1 cup of water with cranberry, orange or grapefruit juice. Be sure to adjust the sugar based on the type of fruit you add.

Make ginger lemonade with peeled, thin-sliced ginger root boiled for about 15 minutes with the lemonade ingredients and allow the lemonade to chill for an hour. Garnish with a small piece of candied ginger on the glass rim.

Tips For Making Lemonade

Mix the sugar in one cup of hot water to dissolve the sugar quickly and thoroughly. If you use this tip, add only five cups of cold water to the pitcher.

Cover the pitcher and refrigerate the lemonade until you’re ready to serve. This will ensure the lemonade stays fresh and does not absorb the aromatics of other foods in the refrigerator such as onions or garlic.

To stave off bitterness, add a pinch of salt to the lemonade if the lemonade has a strong aftertaste. This tip will help to balance the flavor profile of the lemonade.

LEMONADE is a sweet treat for the whole family and can be made in a few quick steps.

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Fresh lemonade is much tastier than store-bought branded lemonade. Refreshing lemonade made from scratch is perfect for a warm and sunny day in lockdown. Express.co.uk talks you through BBC Good Food’s lemonade recipes.

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How to make lemonade

Lemonade is really simple to make and takes just 10 minutes from start to finish.

If you are looking for a recipe to make with a child, lemonade would work.

This recipe makes around a litre of lemonade, which means it serves around four people.

Simply double the ingredients to make enough for eight cups.

The lemonade produced is vegetarian and can be vegan if you use vegan caster sugar.

It’s not too calorific either, weighing in at 140 calories per serving (the same as both fingers of a 55g Twix bar).

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to make lemonade: Lemonade is a summer classic and it is super easy to make, whatever the flavou (Image: Getty)

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How to make lemonade: Lemonade is refreshing and takes ten minutes to make from scratch (Image: Getty)

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Ingredients

• 3 unwaxed lemons, roughly chopped
• 140g caster sugar
• 1l cold water

Method

Step one

Tip the lemons, sugar and half the water into a food processor.

Blend until the lemon is finely chopped.

Step two

Pour the mixture into a sieve over a bowl, then press through as much juice as you can.

Step three

Top up the mixture with the remaining half a litre of water.

Serve with plain ice or frozen with slices of lemon and lime.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to make lemonade: This recipe is easy enough for a child to help you (Image: Getty)

How to make pink lemonade

Pink lemonade is a tangier alternative to regular lemonade.

It also makes a dull day a little more exciting and is perfect for any girly girls in your household.

This recipe takes 10 minutes, but requires a few more ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 300g caster sugar
  • 1½ lemons, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 3 x 170g/6oz punets raspberries
  • ice and fresh mint, to serve (optional)

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Method

Step one

Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan and pour over 350ml cold water.

Step two

Bring to the boil, stirring often, then leave to cool.

Step three

Pour through a sieve, pressing down with a spoon to extract all the juices.

Step four

The syrup can now be stored in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Step five

To serve , pour a little into a glass and top up with sparkling or still water, ice and mint.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to make lemonade: Pink lemonade adds a fun twist to the traditional drink (Image: Getty)

How to make watermelon lemonade

Watermelon lemonade is a little more complex, but if you master the presentation it is a showstopper.

Ingredients

• 1 large or 2 small watermelons
• 250ml lemon juice (from a bottle or squeeze your own)
• 100g golden caster sugar
• 1l bottle soda water
• 1 lime, cut into slices
• small handful mint
• crushed ice

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to make lemonade: Use the watermelon lemonade in the watermelon’s shell, or rind, for added ‘wow-factor’ (Image: Getty)

Method
Step one

Cut the top off the watermelon and hollow it out using a large spoon, fishing out any pips along the way.

Step two

Mash the flesh through a sieve into a bowl. Put the flesh in a blender (or use a tall jug and hand blender) with the lemon juice and sugar, whizz to a purée, then stir in the soda.

Step three

Heap some ice into the hollowed-out watermelon and fill it with the lemonade mixture.

Step four

Serve the rest in a jug with the lime slices and mint. Have a bowl of extra crushed ice on the side so people can help themselves.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own fresh and delicious Homemade Lemonade. We have a video tutorial to show you how plus a number of yummy variations that you”ll love.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

As they say, when life gives you lemons, make Lemonade! With all the hidden sugars and nasty toxins that hang out in store-bought versions, the trend is on for homemade versions.

Today we are sharing how to make Homemade Lemonade Recipe and we have included a few easy and delicious variations you will love.

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DIY Lemonade Recipes

via Th Stylehouse

Before we get into the recipe details, we thought you might like to see the number of ways you can make lemonade.

This infographic from The Stylehouse has some terrific flavor suggestions including watermelon, mint, honey, pink lemonade to name a few.

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These combinations will make 10-12 cups and you start each recipe with 1.5 cups of lemon juice, 1/4 cup sugar, 5 cups of water and then add the ingredients mentioned above.

How To Make Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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The Domestic Geek shows us how she makes her easy and delicious Homemade Lemonade Recipe in 3 different flavors.

You will love how refreshing it is and it truly is an old fashioned favorite that is made with real lemons. Click Play above ^

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Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 3 cups water

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Homemade Lemonade Easy Instructions

  • Begin by juicing the lemons. 6 lemons yields about 1 cup of juice. Roll the lemons to make them easier to juice.
  • Use a fork to capture as much juice as possible.
  • Strain to remove pulp & seeds.
  • In a small saucepan, heat water and sugar until sugar has dissolved completely.
  • Allow mixture to cool.
  • Mix lemon juice, simple syrup (sugar mixture) and water in a pitcher and pour over ice cubes.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint leaves and Enjoy!

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Strawberry Rosemary Lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 3 cups water

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Sparkling Basil Blueberry Lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup blueberries (save a handful for garnish)
  • 1 bunch of basil
  • 3 cups sparkling water

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Cucumber Mint Lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1 handful fresh mint, torn
  • 3 cups water

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Sipping on some hard lemonade on a hot day sure does hit the spot. Especially when it’s with feet up on a lounge chair, poolside or at the beach, am I right?

Well with this recipe on how to make homemade hard lemonade, you don’t have to rely solely on those packs of bottles from the store. Just grab some lemons, some sugar, and some vodka and you’re good to go with whipping up a batch yourself.

Just grab some lemons, some sugar, and some vodka and you’re good to go with whipping up a batch of homemade hard lemonade yourself.

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To whip up a batch from scratch, start by squeezing some lemons.

You’ll need 1 cup of fresh lemon juice for a batch, which is about 6 lemons. A batch makes a total of about 5 cups, so if you’ll be serving several people you may want to make a double batch.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Stir the mixture together vigorously until all the sugar is dissolved.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Most lemonade products — from ready-to-drink beverages to powder mixes — are packed with sugar. Even popular “sugar-free” options, such as Crystal Light and Chick-fil-A diet lemonade, contain a significant amount of net carbs.

For a refreshing lemonade that is both refreshing and healthy, your best option is making it yourself. All you’ll need is three ingredients and this keto lemonade recipe!

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How to Make Keto Lemonade: 3 Ingredients, One Step

For a quick and simple keto-friendly lemonade, blend or mix together lemon juice, keto sweetener, and water. Pour over ice (or blend a cup of lemonade with ice for a keto slushy), and enjoy!

Start with the ingredient ratios we recommend in the recipe. After they are mixed together, taste and make adjustments from there to fit your flavor preferences.

For example, if you want a stronger sour flavor in each sip, add a small amount of extra lemon juice. Conversely, to make your lemonade sweeter, use a bit more keto sweetener.

If you end up overdoing it with the lemon juice or the sweetener, simply add more water to balance it out.

What Can I Use to Sweeten my Keto Lemonade More?

Any keto-friendly sweetener will work, but I recommend using the sweetener called for in this recipe first. We made sure to choose a sweetener that works well with lemon juice.

However, if you have a strong preference for a particular keto sweetener, feel free to use it as a substitute. To find the right replacement ratio, use our keto sweetener substitution chart.

How Many Net Carbs are in This Keto Lemonade Recipe?

The net carb content of your lemonade will depend on how much lemon juice you use and how much you dilute the lemonade. According to the USDA database, one cup (8 ounces) of raw lemon juice has

12 grams of net carbs.

To find how many net carbs are in each cup of lemonade, divide the total number of net carbs in your recipe by how many servings of lemonade you made.

As an example, if you prefer a stronger lemonade, you may end up using 1 cup of lemon juice for every 5 cups of water (as we did in the recipe). This means each cup of keto lemonade would have

2.5 grams of net carbs (i.e., 12 g of net carbs divided among 5 servings of lemonade). If you add more water and dilute the lemon juice, each serving of lemonade will have fewer net carbs.

Enhancing the Quality of Your Keto Lemonade: Can You Add Fruit?

If you’d like to take your low-carb lemonade to the next level, try implementing one or more of the following tips:

  • Use fresh lemon juice — Bottled lemon juice has a different acidity level and an odd flavor because of the added preservatives. Juice your lemons fresh for the best quality lemonade.
  • Pick the juiciest lemons — Look for brightly-colored, medium- to large-sized fruits with minimal discolorations. The juiciest lemons will feel heavier than their size indicates, and their skin will give a little when you gently squeeze them. In contrast, hard and surprisingly light lemons will have less juice.
  • Upgrade your juicing equipment — If you are planning to make keto lemonade often or in bulk, try using a top squeezer citrus juicer or an electric juicer (rather than squeezing the lemons by hand).
  • Enhance the flavor with keto fruit and herbs — Add some blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, mint, basil, and/or cayenne to your lemonade and let it infuse in the fridge as it cools. You can also use frozen low-carb berries as a way to cool your drink and enhance the flavor at the same time. If you end up eating the berries, make sure you add it to your carb count for the day. The same applies to any low-carb fruit you consume on keto.
  • Add electrolytes to help remedy the keto flu — You can also turn this refreshing lemonade into an electrolyte drink that will help you adapt to keto eating. Simply add ⅛ to ¼ tsp of sea salt (for sodium), ⅛ to ¼ tsp of cream of tartar (for potassium), and/or 1-2 tbsp of unflavored Natural Calm (for magnesium) to every 6 cups of lemonade.
  • Turn it into a refreshing keto slushy — Freeze and partially thaw your lemonade or add ice to freshly made lemonade, pour into the blender, and blend until it reaches your desired consistency.

How Long Will It Last? Can You Freeze Keto Lemonade?

Your keto lemonade will stay fresh for at least 24 hours if you are planning to carry it around or leave it out during the day. When stored in the fridge, the lemonade will keep for at least a week.

If you’d like to preserve it even longer, you can also freeze it. Just make sure to leave enough space in your storage container so the lemonade can expand as it freezes.

Yields 5 servings of Keto Lemonade

The Preparation

  • 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 5 cups water, filtered
  • 1 teaspoon liquid stevia

The Execution

1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher large enough to hold all of the ingredients.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

2. Mix together and taste. Adjust sweetener to taste. Tip: Add a pinch or 2 of salt to keep electrolytes up.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

3. Serve over ice and enjoy!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Makes 5 total servings of Keto Lemonade. Each serving comes out to be 9 calories, 0g fats, 2.5g net carbs, and 0.2g protein.

Lemonade is so refreshing and timeless. You won’t believe how easy it is to make with just 2 ingredients! Once you try homemade lemonade, it will spoil you forever.

If you have a bunch of lemons, this is our favorite way to use fresh lemon juice and each glass has a healthy dose of Vitamin C. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can use this lemonade base to make Strawberry Lemonade.

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Lemonade:

Even though this has just 2 ingredients (lemons and sugar), the right method is important. If you just stir the sugar into cold water, it will sink to the bottom and won’t dissolve.

This Lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. We’re sharing our favorite proportions of sugar to lemon juice but you can add more sugar or more lemon juice to taste.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to Store Fresh Lemonade:

Since ice cubes can dilute lemonade, it is best to store in the refrigerator without ice. Add ice when serving to enjoy ice cold lemonade.

Pro Tip: Add lemon juice ice cubes along with regular ice cubes and the lemonade won’t get diluted.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Is Lemonade Healthy?

Lemonade is still a sweet drink but it’s certainly healthier than concentrate and often less sweet than what you might order at a restaurant. You can add less of the sugar syrup to cut down on calories and carbs.

The benefits of drinking homemade lemonade are (1) staying hydrated and (2) it’s high in Vitamin C as each glass has about the equivalent of 1 juiced lemon. Read the nutrition label below to get a full calorie count per serving.

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How to Make Lemonade:

All you need to make this recipe is a great lemon juicer, a saucepan and a pitcher.

  1. Simmer 1 cup water and 1 1/2 cups sugar to dissolve the sugar. Cool to room temperature and chill.
  2. Squeeze 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice and refrigerate.
  3. To serve: combine 7 cups cold water, chilled sugar syrup and chilled lemon juice. Serve over glasses filled with ice and garnish with lemon slices.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Refreshing Summer Drinks:

As temperatures climb, stay hydrated and keep cool with these crisp, bubbly and flavorful summer drink recipes.

  • Cherry Lemonade – incredibly fizzy
  • Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade – crisp and satisfying
  • Cranberry Pineapple Punch – a crowd pleaser
  • Brazilian Lemonade – exotic and so fun!
  • Raspberry Sherbet Party Punch – such a treat

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Homemade lemonade will never go out of style. It’s a real treat in summer. Next step? Stock up on on lemons and satisfy that craving.

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Learn how to make lemonade from scratch with this 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe — naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and easy to make as tart or sweet as you prefer. (This post contains affiliate links.)

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Is there anything more refreshing in the summertime than an ice-cold glass of lemonade?!

Actually, yes — an ice-cold glass of this freshly-squeezed, naturally-sweetened, 100%-from-scratch homemade lemonade! ♡

I mean, first of all, nothing beats the flavor of freshly-squeezed lemon juice in my book. I can taste the difference it makes in a batch of lemonade every single time. (And with a good handheld citrus juicer, it only takes a minute or two to juice enough lemons for an entire pitcher!) I also love making lemonade homemade because it gives me the option to choose natural sweeteners like maple syrup or honey, instead of the gobs and gobs of white sugar that usually come with the store-bought varieties. And of course, when making homemade lemonade, I appreciate being able to control how much sweetener is added. So I can make mine as zingy and tart (my preference!) or as mild and sweet as a group of friends might prefer.

More than anything, though, I just love making homemade lemonade from scratch because it’s a breeze! All you need are 3 easy ingredients to make a batch. And when naturally sweetened with maple syrup, there’s no need to simmer a simple syrup on the stove to dissolve the sugar. Just juice your lemons, stir in the maple syrup and water, and a big pitcher can be ready to go in just 5 minutes or so. So simple, and so delicious.

So whether you have kiddos who are hoping to host their own little lemonade stand this summer, or you just happen to be craving a nice cold pitcher to serve with dinner tonight, gather up a batch of fresh lemons and crank up the Beyoncé and let’s make a batch together!

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Homemade Lemonade Ingredients:

To make this homemade lemonade recipe, you will need 3 simple ingredients:

  • Freshly-squeezed lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice makes all the difference in a good glass of lemonade, so no shortcuts with bottled juice, please! To make the lemon juicing process go faster, I highly recommend investing in a good-quality citrus juicer. I’m a mega-fan of this one(affiliate link) and use it all the time for making lemonade, margaritas, aguas frescas and more.
  • Sweetener: I usually sweeten my lemonade with maple syrup, which I love because you can just stir it directly into the lemonade mix (no need to boil a simple syrup) and also because its flavor is delicious in lemonade. But honey is a delicious natural sweetener as well, which you can simmer with equal parts water and honey (in order to dissolve the honey) to make a honey simple syrup to add to your lemonade instead.
  • Water: I recommend starting with cold water, especially if you plan on serving this lemonade right away, so that the lemonade will be nice and chilled.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How To Make Lemonade:

Alright, let’s talk how to make lemonade from scratch! The extra bonus of making lemonade with maple syrup is that there is no extra boiling, mashing or straining required (as is the case with most traditional white-sugar lemonade recipes). Instead, simply…

  1. Squeeze the lemon juice. Grab a citrus juicer and strain, strain, strain those fresh lemons until you have 1 cup of juice.
  2. Add sweetener and water. Stir in the maple syrup (or honey simple syrup) and water until everything is combined.
  3. Make any adjustments. Then give the lemonade a taste, and see if you would like to add any extra lemonade (for tartness), maple syrup (for sweetness), or water (to lighten up the flavor).
  4. Serve over ice. Then serve the lemonade over ice, garnished with an extra lemon slice and/or fresh herb sprig if you’d like. Or you can store the lemonade in a sealed pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Full directions included in the recipe below.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Possible Lemonade Recipe Variations:

Want to customize your homemade lemonade recipe? Feel free to…

  • Sweeten with honey: If you would like to make honey-sweetened lemonade, you will need to make a quick honey simple syrup in order for the honey to dissolve evenly into the lemonade. To do so, simply combine equal parts honey and water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, and stir briefly until the honey is dissolved into the water. Add syrup to the lemon juice and water mixture, to taste.
  • Sweeten with sugar: If you would like to make traditional sugar-sweetened lemonade (either with white granulated sugar or brown sugar), you will need to make a quick simple syrup in order for the sugar to dissolve evenly into the lemonade. To do so, simply combine equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a simmer, and stir briefly until the sugar crystals are dissolved into the water. Add syrup to the lemon juice and water mixture, to taste.
  • Make it sparkle: To make sparkling lemonade, use your favorite sparkling water instead of still water.
  • Make it spicy: Stir in a pinch of cayenne pepper to kick your lemonade recipe up a spicy notch.
  • Make pink lemonade: Traditionally, pink lemonade is made with either cranberry, strawberry, or raspberry juice (or purée) stirred in with the fresh lemon juice. I recommend a 1:1 ratio of “pink” juice to lemon juice, but feel free to experiment and find whatever ratio you love best.
  • Make lavender lemonade: Simmer some fresh lavender in the maple syrup (or honey simple syrup) for 5 minutes, then strain out the lavender and add the syrup to the lemon juice and water to make fresh lavender lemonade. It’s delightful!
  • Make limeade: To make a homemade limeade recipe, just substitute fresh lime juice in place of fresh lemon juice, and adjust the amount of sweetener to taste.
  • Add fresh herbs: Feel free to stir or muddle a few sprigs of fresh herbs into a pitcher of lemonade, such as fresh mint, rosemary or tarragon.
  • Add alcohol: Want to make a boozy lemonade? Try mixing it with vodka, whiskey, or gin for happy hour.

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There’s nothing quite like a big glass of freshly squeezed homemade lemonade on a hot summer day. It’s the ultimate refreshing beverage. I once had some men working on my house, preparing it for a sale, and I brought them out big glasses of lemonade. They were blown away by how good it was! They thought I must have slaved over it for hours, but really, it takes just 15 minutes to make your own. So why wouldn’t you? It’s amazing!

How do you make homemade fresh squeezed lemonade?

Homemade lemonade starts by making a simple syrup base. This will allow you to sweeten the lemon juice from your freshly squeezed lemons without any problems getting the sugar to dissolve. The last thing you want is a gritty lemonade!

How do you make homemade lemonade with honey?

Dissolve equal parts honey and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. So, for every 1 cup of honey, use 1 cup of water. This will form a simple syrup using honey, rather than sugar. Then simply mix in equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a lemonade concentrate.

How do you make sugar free lemonade?

For sugar free lemonade, use stevia powder. Stevia is a strong natural sweetener. Dissolve 1/4 cup stevia powder in 2 cups water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Combine this mixture with 2 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice to form a lemonade concentrate.

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What is a simple syrup used for?

Simple syrup is used as a sweetener in drinks and baked goods. It is significantly easier to blend a simple syrup with cold drinks than it is to blend in straight sugar.

HOW TO MAKE FLAVORED LEMONADE: This recipe teaches you how to make your own plain lemonade, but you can use this same recipe to make a variety of flavors. Want strawberry lemonade? Add in a pound of hulled strawberries and blend it in a blender. Raspberry lemonade? Do the same thing! It’s easy to mix and match various fruits and flavor combinations to quench your thirst with this old fashioned treat.

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

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We are the generation of instant gratification and this 100% whole lemon lemonade quenches my immediate thirst in a matter of minutes. Insert happy lemon emoji here!

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As much as I love lemonade in the summer, I’ve always hated the task of juicing lemons, and I never seem to have enough lemons on hand. Plus, between making a sugar syrup and waiting for it to cool… I’ve almost lost my thirst for it by the time it’s ready.

So when I heard about “blender lemonade” or “whole lemon lemonade,” it sounded like the perfect solution. In case you aren’t familiar, blender lemonade is based on the simple idea that you can blend up a whole lemon with some water, sugar, and ice and have a nice tall glass of cold lemonade in under 5 minutes. Magic, right?

But I was skeptical. Wouldn’t the rind make the lemonade bitter? Would it actually be as good as “real” lemonade? I decided to put it to the test following these steps:

Cut your lemon in half lengthwise, then cut each half into quarters lengthwise so you end up with eight lemon slices. Cut off the pith from the center of each wedge, then knock the seeds out with your knife.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Place your lemon slices into a blender. Add 2 cups of water, a handful of ice cubes, and some sugar (I used 1/4 cup of granulated sugar, but you could use more or less depending on your taste, or even try a liquid sweetener like honey or agave nectar).

Then just blend it up until it’s smooth. I used my Vitamix and it was done really quickly, but a regular blender should be able to do the job in 1-2 minutes.

The result? An opaque lemonade with a foamy top that tastes pretty darn close to the real deal.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

It isn’t too intensely lemony, so if you are after a lemon explosion, put the time in for a true lemonade like this classic version. The blender lemonade isn’t quite as pretty as real lemonade, and there’s a slight bitterness from the rind, but neither were bothersome enough to outweigh the convenience of the recipe. Definitely give this method a shot if you want lemonade pronto!

100% Whole Lemon Lemonade

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We are the generation of instant gratification and this 100% whole lemon lemonade quenches my immediate thirst in a matter of minutes. Insert happy lemon emoji here!

  • Author: Maria Siriano
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Instructions

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How to Prepare Homemade Lemonade with Juicer: 5 Steps

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

A cool glass of freshly squeezed lemonade is the best homemade drink you can prepare to enjoy with your family. There are several health benefits associated with a well-prepared homemade lemonade. The best part is how quick and easy you can prepare it.

To make your homemade lemonade even faster, use the best ninja blender that comes with a juicer to extract finer juice from the lemon fruits. A robust, high-speed juicer makes the process easier. Below are the five simple steps of a lemonade recipe for kids.

Choose Your Ingredients

  • 5 lemons
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 cups of water

A homemade lemonade recipe can take any taste. Besides using the above ingredients, you’re also going to see how to make homemade lemonade from lemon juice and homemade lemonade with mint. Here’s how to make lemonade with lemon juice.

Ingredients for homemade lemonade from lemon juice:

  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 cups of water

If you’re like many, you’ve probably faced this question: is homemade lemonade healthy? Well, it depends on how you define the word healthy. For example, homemade lemonade with mint will have low sugar content but with sweet and sour perfection. Mint will be a healthier choice for those keeping track of sugar content in their every-day drinks.

For your healthy lemonade recipe with mint, you’ll need:

  • 5 lemons
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 6 cups of water
  • 20-30 mint leaves

Depending on the number of people you want to serve, you can customize the homemade lemonade recipe to your liking. We’ve picked a pretty standard amount that’s enough to serve around five people.

Extract the Juice

If you prefer lemon fruits and not bottled lemon juice, use a juicer to extract the lemon juice. Pour the juice into a large pitcher. For homemade lemonade with mint, you’ll need to use 4-6 mint leaves for each cup of lemonade, and grind them for 5 seconds using a pestle. Add a little juice as you crush until the leaves have released all its bitter chlorophyll. You can also use another fresh herb on your homemade lemonade, depending on the taste you want to achieve.

Note: For 30 mint leaves, you’ll use six leaves in each cup, i.e., if you’re serving 5 cups.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Make a Syrup

Instead of adding sugar to the homemade lemon juice and stirring until the sugar dissolve, we prefer making simple syrup. Pour 1 cup of water into a small pot and add 1 cup of sugar. Gently heat the solution until all the sugars dissolve entirely. What we get is a sweet liquid with sugar uniformly dissolved. Be keen not to overheat the syrup – just enough to warm the water and dissolve the sugar granules.

Sweeten the Juice

Pour the syrup from the pot into the large pitcher and mix to sweeten the juice. If you’re preparing homemade lemonade with mint, the syrup will be made of ¼ cup sugar. Pour the syrup into the juice and mix evenly.

Dilute With Water

Add the 6 cups of cold water to the pitcher to dilute the juice and syrup. Taste your homemade lemonade and adjust water until you get it as sweet or as tart as you want. Pour your lemonade into a glass with ice, and garnish it with some slices of lemon. Pour the homemade lemonade into the cups with crushed mint for a sweet and savory taste.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

One benefit of homemade lemonade is that you can customize it to suit your preferred taste. Whether you’re looking to try a new lemonade recipe for the summer afternoons or a healthy drink for the lazy days by the pool, the above steps will get the job done. Have you ever tried to m ake homemade lemonade? Share some fresh ideas of perfect lemonade in the comments section!

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Sipping icy-cold sweet lemonade on a blazing-hot summer day is one of life’s finest pleasures, which is why we think making lemonade from scratch should be the easiest drink you make this summer. After all, it is just three ingredients: lemon juice, sugar, and water. There’s absolutely no reason you should be heating up the stove or breaking a sweat to squeeze lemons.

With this recipe you’ll learn two smart tips for making lemonade faster and more easily, plus we’ll help you find the perfect sweetness level for your taste with a ratio anyone can remember.

Here’s the one lemonade recipe you need for back porch swinging, park picnics, and even your own neighborhood lemonade stand.

Skip the Simple Syrup for Better Lemonade

Here’s my strong summer opinion: You should never have to turn on the stove for lemonade. Ditch the simple syrup and instead use the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar in a 3-ingredient recipe that delivers tangy, sweet lemonade every time. This summer we’re not waiting for simple syrup to cool.

Tailor the Sweetness to Your Taste

Classic sweet lemonade: You can use the standard ratio of 1 cup of lemon juice to 1 cup of sugar added to 1 1/2 quarts of cold water for perfectly sweet lemonade, or you can figure out your perfect ratio and you can have almost instant lemonade anywhere, anytime.

Lightly sweet lemonade: For a less sweet lemonade, reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup and keep the lemon and water amounts the same.

Key Steps for Simple Easy Homemade Lemonade

  • Juice and strain the lemons. There a couple of tricks for getting the most juice out of your lemons (rolling them, slicing them lengthwise, roasting them), but my new favorite “juicing hack” is to actually crush the whole lemons using my stand mixer. Seriously! Here’s how you do it: Quarter the lemons and put them in the bowl of your stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Use low speed to squeeze the lemons, then strain the juice directly into a measuring cup.
  • Use the lemon juice to dissolve the sugar. Many modern lemonade recipes call for making a simple syrup — sugar and water boiled together — for sweetening summer lemonade, but if you stir the sugar directly into the lemon juice you can skip the simple syrup and get to lemonade faster — no heat required.
  • Add cold water to taste. Since the lemon juice dissolves the sugar, we can go straight from lemon juice to cold water and ice and serve the lemonade straight away.

Storing and Serving Simple Classic Lemonade

This lemonade keeps well for about five days in the fridge, although it’s a good idea to give it a swift stir just before serving each time. As for serving instructions, a tall glass, extra ice, and a sunny patio are recommended.

How To Make Lemonade from Scratch

Yield Makes 2 quarts

  • alcohol-free
  • egg-free
  • low-fat
  • peanut-free
  • pork-free
  • pescatarian
  • gluten-free
  • tree-nut-free
  • red-meat-free
  • dairy-free
  • fish-free
  • vegetarian
  • shellfish-free
  • vegan
  • no-oil-added
  • soy-free
  • wheat-free
  • Calories 241
  • Fat 0.5 g (0.8%)
  • Saturated 0.1 g (0.3%)
  • Carbs 65.2 g (21.7%)
  • Fiber 4.6 g (18.3%)
  • Sugars 54.0 g
  • Protein 1.8 g (3.6%)
  • Sodium 18.0 mg (0.7%)

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10

Lemon slices, for serving (optional)

Equipment

Measuring cup or medium bowl

Knife and cutting board

Juicer or citrus reamer, or stand mixer with the paddle attachment

Instructions

Juice the lemons and strain out the pulp. Halve the lemons, then squeeze the juice from the halves — you can do this manually with your favorite juicer or reamer. My favorite alternative method: Quarter the lemons and use the stand mixer to juice all of the lemons at once. Place the quartered lemons in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, then beat on low speed for 2 minutes. With either method, strain the juice through a fine-mesh strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl to remove the pulp before making the lemonade. You need 1 cup of strained lemon juice.

Combine the lemon juice and sugar to make a lemonade base. Add the sugar to the strained lemon juice and whisk until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Add the water and chill. Transfer the lemonade base to a serving pitcher. Add the water and stir to combine. Chill the lemonade for at least 1 hour before serving.

Serve with ice and lemon slices. Serve the lemonade over ice with lemon slices if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: The lemonade can be refrigerated for up to 4 days.

By Caroline Williams | Published: August 12, 2019 | Last Modified: August 17, 2019 | 4 Comments

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Limonana is a Levantine/Middle Eastern refreshing mint lemonade. It’s easy to make, and the perfect drink for a warm summer’s day.

How to Make Lemonade with One LemonIt’s no surprise that in many places around the world where lemons grow, some form of a lemon drink is popular in the summer. Lemon is, after all, very refreshing, and it’s a great way to use the popular crop.

Lemons are high in vitamin C and said to help digestion, amongst other things.

Lemon in cultural cooking

Despite originally being a plant native to Asia, lemons are now probably more closely associated with the Mediterranean. Many countries around the region use lemon in cooking in various forms, both sweet and savory, either as the main flavor or alongside others, such as herbs or warm spices.

This love of lemon has also been brought into American cooking, where lemonade is, of course, quite popular as well.

Some savory recipes using lemon from around the world:

  • Moroccan preserved lemons, which can be used for Djaj Mqualli (preserved lemon chicken tagine) amongst other things
  • Avgolemono (Greek lemon chicken soup)
  • Levantine fattoush salad
  • Lemon chicken picatta

Cultural sweet recipes using lemon:

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

What are the origins of limonana?

There is some debate on the exact origins of limonana. Some argue that it originated in Turkey, while others argue Syria.

Today it is popular across the Levantine region from Lebanon and Israel to Cyprus and Egypt.

The main way limonana is different from an American-style lemonade is that it is made with mint.

Mint is also a popular ingredient in the region. It is probably most famously known as one of the main herbs that are central to tabbouleh salad, but you’ll find it in many dishes as well as being used as a garnish. It adds a lovely freshness that’s perfect in a hot climate.

Where does the name limonana come from?

Limonana is a combination of the words “limon” meaning lemon in both Arabic and Hebrew, and “nana” meaning mint.

The name first became popular in Israel due to an advertising campaign in the 1990s for a lemon and mint soft drink, apparently, but the origins of the drink are much older, so it is thought that the name had been in use for quite some time before this recent spike in popularity.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How to make limonana

Limonana is very easy to make, though it can be made in a few ways.

You may find it made with lemonade concentrate to speed things up, but that’s definitely not the more traditional way.

The traditional way to make limonana starts with all fresh ingredients. These are lemon, mint, water and sugar.

Originally, the mint would have been chopped by hand and then the drink served over ice. More typically these days, however, you add the mint leaves and other ingredients to a blender along with ice to make more of a slushie.

You can simply add sugar in with everything else when you blend it up, but this way the sugar may not fully dissolve. The better way, if you have the time, is to make a simple syrup ahead of time and use this instead (adding less water to your drink as a result).

Simple syrup can be made ahead and will keep for some time, so you can easily make a larger batch to use for another time. In addition to using it for this recipe, simple syrup is useful to keep on hand if you enjoy making your own cocktails.

While you do need to add some sugar to cut the tartness of the lemons, limonana is generally not quite as sweet as American-style lemonade. However you can, of course, adjust to taste and replace the sugar with a lower-carb sweetener if appropriate for your diet.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

How kids can help make limonana

This is a great summer recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen, since it’s quick, easy and also something everyone can enjoy together after.

Here are some ways they can get involved:

  • Older kids can make the simple syrup by gently heating the water and sugar over the stove.
  • Once kids are old enough to use a knife, they can cut the lemons for juicing.
  • Most kids can help to juice the lemons and take out seeds.
  • Even young kids can pick the mint leaves from the stem.
  • Most kids can add the ingredients to the blender. (Then you might have to take turns pressing the buttons if you have more than one child!)

Limonana is such an easy and refreshing drink that’s perfect to help you cool down on a warm day. With the perfect balance of tart and sweet, it’s a drink everyone can enjoy.

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Ingredients

    • 6 1/2 cups water
    • 1 cup lemon juice
    • 1 cup sugar

Preparation

    1. Mix together.

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I’ve made this a few times and really enjoy it, I use sweeter instead of sugar for medical reasons.

delicious 😋 definitely would make it again, so helpful, too! I wish there were 5 stars so I could rate it 5 🤪

I make 1 quart. I use 1 cup of lemon juice and 6 packets of sweet and low, then finish filling the quart and shake well.

I felt it was a little sweet, so I’d cut back some sugar. It uses 1 cup which is about 31g a serving.

I ran out of “the good stuff”, and needed a non soda refresher. This was it! Now, I like it a bit more tart than sweet, so I added a 1/2 cup of lime, and it became perfect for me!

I love making all these kinds of recipes by Epicurious and it never fails to put a smile on my face. Since we have nothing to drink, this is perfect. Thanks, Epicurious!!

I only did 2/12. Cups of water and 2 cups of sugar with only a half cup of lemon. Juice

In response to those who said it was too strong, I think they might have been using a condensed lemon juice instead of lemon juice in the big bottles. If you used a condensed version, 1 cup would be way too strong.

The only change I made was to take 1 cup of water and one cup of sugar and heated it to become a syrup. Then 5 1/2 cups water and the lemon juice were put into the container and I added the syrup to that, and stirred. That insured that the sugar got dissolved into the liquid. Not as good as fresh lemons, but in a pinch, it came out very nice.

So, just made this. don’t know how to feel about it

It’s pretty good for an end-of-the-month ghetto-ish lemonade. Akin to cheese melted on ritz crackers spread with spaghetti sauce as cheapo pizza bites or fried bologna sandwiches. It’s good in a pinch but would much rather have the real thing. I was looking for something to drink besides water and realized we had some lemon juice in the fridge, which at first I just put into plain water, but I was craving something a bit sweet and found some sugar in the cupboard and thought; “I wonder if I could make lemonade from this?” One google search later I stumbled upon this recipe. After a few tweaks to accommodate a large pitcher it satisfied my sweet-thirsty craving perfectly. The only complaint I could think of is I wish it were a bit more colorful. Maybe a few drops of food coloring to make “pink” lemonade. But, that’s just a looks thing, nothing really important. I enjoyed it.

I used this recipe and it was delicious.

Oh my gosh, thank you SO much! I was having a major lemonade craving, and this was perfect! Some people might need a little more sugar, but this was just right for me. Thank you again!!

This recipe was to sour so I added about a little more than a quarter cup of sugar and it tasted great! I made it for the kids wanted lemonade and they loved it! You could add water if you don’t like surgar!!

I made it with whatever mesurements i wanted. It came out great. If it didn’t come out good for you you just did it wrong.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Whip up a glass of freshly squeezed single serving lemonade in under 5 minutes with just a few ingredients! No sharing required.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Upon arriving home from vacation and looking into an empty fridge, I found three sources of substance. Leftover lemon cookies, sandwich bread, and 1 lemon.

And since I spent way too much money on eating out while on vacation, I decided it was time to get creative. So I whipped up a peanut butter sandwich, glass of lemonade, and topped it all off with a few bites of a leftover sugar cookie.

How to Make Lemonade with One Lemon

Ingredients to Make a Glass of Lemonade:

  • Lemon
  • Water
  • Sugar

No big pitcher or premade mix required, just some good ol’ water, sugar, and lemon juice to make a nice and refreshing glass of lemonade. The perfect drink to soothe a sore throat on a 90 degree day.

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How to Make Lemonade with Lemon Juice

  1. Step 1: Cut the lemon in half and squeeze over a bowl. If you have a lemon squeezer tool, this typically works best to get all the juice out but using your hands is just fine.
  2. Step 2: Remove any seeds that may have landed in the bowl during squeezing.
  3. Step 3: Heat 1/2 cup of water in the microwave (or if your faucet gets super hot, this works too). Once hot, stir in sugar until dissolved. (If you were to just stir the sugar in cold water, it would be grainy.)
  4. Step 4: Add cold water and lemon juice, stir, top with ice, and you’ve got yourself a freshly squeezed glass of lemonade!

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How many lemons does it take to make a glass of lemonade?

It only takes about 1 large lemon to make a glass of lemonade.