Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
There is nothing better on a hot summer day than an ice-cold glass of Fresh Squeezed Lemonade. This Lemonade is the best I have ever made and there is only three ingredients! Everybody has their own desire for sweetness or tartness so adjust the sugar to your own preference. Now, I am sure I will get some comments about the way I make mine but that’s OK because I am telling you, this is delicious!
Lay the lemons on the counter, push down
and roll them under your hand.
This loosens up the juice making it easier to get the juice out.
Cut the lemon in half.
If you own a juicer, juice the lemons.
If you don’t have a juicer just squeeze the
juice from the lemon halves into a measuring cup.
Take the lemon peels and grate the zest off of them.
Add the lemon juice to a small saucepan over medium heat.
Add the hot water immediately.
Add the sugar and stir.
Add the zest and continue to stir just until the sugar dissolves.
When the sugar is dissolved, immediately remove the juice
from the burner and let sit for 30 minutes.
Pour the juice through a sieve.
Add the juice to the cold water, stir and refrigerate until cold.
Pour Lemonade into a glass with ice and a slice of lemon.
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup hot tap water
- 1-1/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (4-6 lemons)
- zest from lemons
- 2-1/2 cups cold water
- Lay the lemons on the counter and roll the lemon back and forth pushing down on it to loosen up the juice.
- Cut the lemons in half. Using a juicer or squeezing by hand squeeze the juice out of each lemon.
- Grate the zest from the lemon peels.
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, add the lemon juice.
- Add the hot water immediately.
- Add the sugar and stir.
- Add the zest and continue to stir just until the sugar is dissolved, remove from the heat immediately.
- Let the juice sit for 30 minutes.
- Pour the juice through a sieve discarding the pulp mixture.
- Add to the cold water, stir and refrigerate until cold.
- Pour the lemonade into the glasses with ice and a slice of lemon.
Categories: Drinks/Smoothies, Fruit
Hi Diane, I like lemonade that tastes of lemons, not the shop bought variety that has no taste of lemon whatsover. I am definitely going to try this recipe.
Hi Kim! This was amazing! My grandkids, 3 & 7, have never had it before. My 3 year old went mmmmmmmmmm chugged it down and said more please..hahahahaha. My 7 year old juiced all of the lemons and love it as well. Can’t figure kids out, just when you think they will like something they don’t and I never dreamed they would like this!
And here I am just juicing it directly. Lol
Yeah! I wish I had more! We drank every drop!
This looks so yummy! 😋
Thanks Christy it disappeared fast!
When I make lemonade (or even iced tea), I make a simple syrup and keep some in the fridge. Then, when I make the drinks, I just have to add the syrup and it’s ready to drink. I used to prepare it the way you did, but I find having the syrup available is more convenient (for me).
That’s a great idea! Thanks Lynn!
I make more iced tea than lemonade, but also works when you just have to a margarita 😉
Hahaha Good one! My husband brews a gallon of fresh iced tea almost every day! Tea is healthier for us because we drink it black. Lemonade just has to have sugar though…lol
Sounds really good. I have to agree with one of the comments above: the kind of lemonade you get in the store just doesn’t compare to the real thing.
Fresh is always best! Thank you for your kind comment!
I found one of these old juicers at an antique sale and had to have it! They work so well 🙂
They sure do! I have had mine for years. I think I got mine from my mother.
never heard of making lemonade that way. mighty fine recipe! Thank you for sharing this.
You’re welcome! Give it a try…really delicious!
This is the real deal like you find in lemonade stands. 🙂
Right and they charge a fortune and it is so easy to make! Thanks for commenting Linda!
Aaah, heating it will enhance its flavor, I see.
p.s. Fancy watch you have. Nice!
Yes heating it really does! Thank you!
This is so much more better than the lemonade we get in the markt!
Definitely and it shows up in the taste. Thank you so much for your comment!
Market* sorry typing mistake!
Great recipe ! Perfect for summer !!
Thank you Megala! You can’t go wrong with fresh!
Looks so refreshing!
Very much so. So much better than store bought. Thank you David
This sounds interesting, Diane. I’ve never heard about using the zest. This would be delicious!
Thank you Eva! The zest adds so much flavor and warming it with the juice brings out the flavor.
I have to try it.
A cup of sugar looks daunting, but I’m sure there’s much more than a cup in the same quantity of bought lemonade, and perhaps only a smudge at most of real lemon. Far better to make it oneself for sure.
Yes it is a lot of sugar but also a great summer treat occasionally. We normally drink water and unsweetened tea so this was a nice treat! Thanks Chris!
You need that much sugar when you’re using fresh lemons, and I bet it is delicious. I’d be making it in summer if I had a lemon tree.
Agree. No bottled drink can come close.
I was today-years-old when I learned you can boil lemonade. Fantastic! I’m so borrowing this drink. 😋
It is really delicious…enjoy!