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Simple and easy method for perfect lemonade every time! With simple syrup and fresh lemon juice.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Lemonade: sugar, water, lemon juice. Easy, right?

Well, the problem is that if you just stir all of these together the sugar will sink to the bottom. So the best way to make lemonade is to make a simple syrup first, by heating water and sugar together until the sugar is completely dissolved, and then mix that with the lemon juice.

The proportions will vary depending on how sweet and strong you like your lemonade, and how sour your lemons are to begin with. Late season lemons are less sour than early season lemons. Meyer lemons are sweeter than standard lemons.

Start with the proportions of 1 cup of sugar, 1 cup of water, 1 cup of lemon juice. Reduce the sugar amount if you are using Meyer lemons or if you like your lemonade less sweet. (I usually use 3/4 cup of lemon juice.)

Make the simple syrup, combine with the lemon juice, and then add more water (and ice) to dilute the lemonade to your taste.

Simple syrup you can easily make ahead and chill for later use. If you have a bunch of lemons you need to process, you can juice them and freeze the juice too.

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Perfect Lemonade Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 6

For more intense lemon flavor, grate the zest from one fresh lemon and add the zest to the simple syrup as you are making it. Once the sugar has dissolved in the water remove from heat and let the zest seep in the simple syrup for several minutes, then strain out the zest when you add the simple syrup to the lemon juice.


  • 1 cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • Wedge Black Girls Soft Slip Women Mesh T Walking Ladies Heels on JULY Sandals Breathable Slide for Slippers Dressy 1 cup water (for the simple syrup)
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)


Breathable Slip Women Heels Wedge Mesh JULY Walking Sandals Ladies on Slide T for Slippers Girls Black Soft Dressy 1 Make "simple syrup":  Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Stir so that the sugar dissolves completely and remove from heat.

2 Juice the lemons: While the water is heating for the simple syrup, juice your lemons. Depending on the size of the lemons, 4 to 6 of them should be enough for one cup of juice.

3 Combine lemon juice, simple syrup, water: Pour the juice and the simple syrup sugar water into a serving pitcher. Add 2 to 3 cups of cold water and taste. Add more water if you would like it to be more diluted (though note that when you add ice, it will melt and naturally dilute the lemonade).

If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

4 Chill: Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve with ice, sliced lemons.

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Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  • Donna

    T Slip Ladies Women Mesh Sandals Slide Black Soft Slippers Wedge Girls Dressy Walking for JULY Heels Breathable on I have never been a fan of lemonade in my life. I have never tasted a lemonade that even came close to perfection for me. I have also never made it myself. Not until today that is…and wow…I am now a fan of lemonade!!! This recipe is absolutely perfect and I was originally making it for my son and my husband but now I think I am going to make this a normal thing in our house for everyone. Thank you so much for this recipe that opened a door to a simple pleasure! This is the first recipe that I came upon and I made it exactly like the directions said to and I have to agree with many others: there is no need to search any further for the perfect recipe!!!


  • Jojo

    Made it exactly as the recipe. Wonderfully fresh. The sugar lemon ratio was perfect. Made it for a party with kids and adults and got all raves. Will definitely make again! Thanks!


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  • AnnieD

    Totally delicious, refreshing, wonderful!

  • Gayle

    Nice recipe…going to make a batch this afternoon. Will cut back on the sugar a bit tho, and definitely add some vodka!!

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