How to Make Lemonade

Lemonade is one of the childhood delicacies that you never truly grow out of. While it might just be a simple concoction of various parts lemons, water, and sweet things, mixing up a huge batch of homemade lemonade is always a special occasion.

Maybe you're missing the nostalgic taste of fresh lemons or you simply want a little inspiration for a tasty beverage you can make at home enjoyed by both kids and adults. Either way, you've found your way here to our guide on how to make lemonade from scratch.

This might not be the drink you remember as a kid, though, but in the best way possible. Our recipe is a slightly more sophisticated and mature take on the drink while still being just as easy to put together. Whether it's for a party, a front yard stand, or just to cool off in the summer heat, this step by step guide for making lemonade with real lemon will knock your socks off long before you jump in the pool.

Decorative mason jars with lemonade and basil.

Prep Time: 10 mins.

Yield: 7 cups 

Step #1. Prepare Ingredients

A tall, glass pitcher of water and lemons in a bowl.
  • 10 lemons
  • 4 cups of water (1 L)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Pitcher
  • Optional: basil leaves

Step #2. Cut the Lemons in Half

A pitcher of water and a lemon.
A pitcher of water and a lemon cut in half.

Cut the lemons into halves.

Step #3. Add Water & Lemon Juice to Pitcher

A woman's hand squeezing lemon into a tall pitcher of water.

Pour the water into a large pitcher and squeeze in the lemons.

Step #4. Add Sugar & Vanilla

A tall pitcher of lemonade, a woman's hand pouring sugar in.

Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the pitcher.

A tall pitcher of lemonade, a woman's hand pouring vanilla in.

Step #5. Stir the Lemonade

Pitcher of lemonade, a woman's hand mixing with a wooden spoon.

Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.

Step #6. Pour the Lemonade into Glasses

Decorative mason jars filled with ice.

Serve in individual glasses with ice. You can add some basil leaves to serve if you wish.

Decorative mason jars filled with lemonade.
Decorative mason jars filled with lemonade.
Decorative mason jars filled with lemonade.

Now you've got everything you'll need to make lemonade. A single sip of this stuff will so thoroughly outpace the stuff you buy in a can or mix up from a powder that you might even forget there was a way to do it besides making it fresh.

One of the best things about it is just how easy it is to change up, too. You could make a version without sugar by swapping in honey or try muddling the basil or other plants for a spicier and more herb-forward flavor. So long as you're using quality ingredients with lemon juice straight from the fruit, you basically can't go wrong.

Do you have a favorite way to drink lemonade? On the rocks by itself? Mixed in a cocktail? Relaxing by the beach? Let us know what your favorite is after you've stirred up a pitcher for yourself.

How to Make Lemonade

Our recipe is a slightly more sophisticated and mature take on the drink while still being just as easy to put together. Whether it's for a party, a front yard stand, or just to cool off in the summer heat, this step by step guide for making lemonade with real lemon will knock your socks off long before you jump in the pool.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 7 cups
Calories 157kcal
Author Joss D

Ingredients

  • 10 lemons
  • 4 cups water (about 1 L)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • Optional: basil leaves

Tools

  • Pitcher

Instructions

  • Cut the lemons into halves.
    A pitcher of water and a lemon cut in half.
  • Pour the water into a large pitcher and squeeze in the lemons.
    A woman's hand squeezing lemon into a tall pitcher of water.
  • Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the pitcher.
    A tall pitcher of lemonade, a woman's hand pouring sugar in.
  • Stir the mixture until the sugar is completely dissolved.
    Pitcher of lemonade, a woman's hand mixing with a wooden spoon.
  • Serve in individual glasses with ice. You can add some basil leaves to serve if you wish.
    Decorative mason jars with lemonade and basil.
Nutrition Facts
How to Make Lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 32g36%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 81.8mg99%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition information on In the Kitch is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. It may not include toppings and/or dipping sauce.

Notes

You can adjust to your taste by adding more water or lemon juice. Sometimes I will add strawberry-flavored sparkling water, so you could even give that a try.
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