The Best Old Fashioned Lemonade

The Best Old Fashioned Lemonade

A great way to cool down (especially if your lemonade is homemade!)  when summer hits and the hot weather is here this Homemade Old Fashioned Lemonade Recipe is such a classic.
All you need for the best lemonade are fresh lemons, water, sugar, and salt and a few minutes to make this thirst quenching drink. Perfect for any party or summer bbq.
Make this easy homemade lemonade a few hours ahead of time so it has time to be a cold refreshing drink. It is great for kid’s lemonade stands too!
A cute pitcher
Fresh lemon juice
Grated lemon zest
This recipe is very refreshing and delicious – just like your grandma used to make.
Here’s a simple little trick to keep your lemonade from losing it’s lip-smackin’ tang from The Frugal Girls… Add Frozen Lemonade Cubes!
Looking for more Lemonade Recipes? You can get them over at Imperial Sugar.
You can grab a juicer from Amazon and juice those lemons really fast. Give this recipe a try this week. You will be making it often this summer!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 7


  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 tbsp grated lemon zest
  • 1-3/4 cups lemon juice (about 10 large lemons)


  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, 1 cup water and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in lemon juice and remaining water; refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice.
  • Adapted from Taste Of Home.


To the most out of your lemons you can either soak the lemons in hot water for 10 minutes or put them in the microwave for 30 seconds.  This helps to release the lemon juice.  
Keyword homemade lemonade, lemonade