fresh lemonade

fresh lemonade

prep time: 15 minutes + refrigeration time
cook time: 5 minutes
ready in: 50 minutes

makes: 8 servings, 8 oz. each


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 cups water, divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (juice from about 2 lemons)

The nutritional content of recipes is calculated by a registered dietitian. Because ingredients and measurements may vary, the values we give are close approximations.


  1. Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely, about 5 minutes.
  2. Combine lemon juice and the simple syrup in a pitcher. Add remaining 7¼ cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength. Refrigerate 30–40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
  3. Serve with ice, sliced lemon and fresh mint, if desired.

per serving: 50 calories, 0g fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 13g sugars, 0g protein