Lemons, sugar, water. That's it. Homemade lemonade is easy, delicious, and endlessly customizable. The key to perfect lemonade every time is taking those few extra minutes to make a simple syrup, in which sugar is completely dissolved in water by heating it. This keeps the sugar from sinking to the bottom of the pitcher - and your glass.
Once you have that down, let the customizing begin! Mix lemon juice with Meyer lemon juice, white vinegar, or fresh orange, lime, or grapefruit juice. Smash in some strawberries or cherries or raspberries. Grate in some fresh ginger or muddle in a few mint leaves. Try sparkling water for a bit of fizz. Use the recipe below as a starting point, and then find your own perfect homemade lemonade at your fingertips.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Yield: About 2 1/2 cups lemonade
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups fresh water