Homemade Lemonade

Nothing’s more refreshing than an ice-cold glass of homemade lemonade, and this classic recipe couldn’t be easier to make. We’ve also got a few tricks for taking your lemonade to the next level by including muddled fruit and infused simple syrup, so check the recipe notes below for links.

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade

Yield: about 1 quart
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A classic recipe for homemade lemonade - tangy, refreshing and full of flavor.


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 to 4 cups cold water


  1. At least 2 hours before serving, bring the water and sugar to a boil in a non-reactive saucepan. Reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the syrup turns completely clear. Transfer to a glass jar and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Combine the lemon juice, sugar syrup and 3 cups of water in a large pitcher. Stir, taste and add more water if desired. Chill thoroughly before serving, at least 1 hour.