Easy Lemonade Recipes

Despite being really sad to be leaving school (the work, not so much), I am really excited for summer, especially summer foods and drinks! Of course, lemonade is at the top of the list- the key is to boil the water and sugar before adding the lemon juice. My mom and I have been using this recipe for years and love it- and I also added some ideas for jazzing it up. 

The Basics


1 cup white, granulated sugar (can reduce to 3/4 cup)

1 cup water (for the simple syrup)

1 cup lemon juice

2 to 3 cups cold water (to dilute)

First make a "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.

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.

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.
Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes.
Serve with ice, sliced lemons

Strawberry + Raspberry + Mint Lemonade

Add 1 cup of each berry pureed to the lemonade or add 1/2 cup of finely chopped mint to the sugar before adding the water.

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