Homemade Old-Fashioned Lemonade to Quench Your Summer Thirst

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homemade lemonade

Icey cold homemade lemonade. 

Condensation dripping down the glass.

The sweet-sour taste on your tongue.

Thirst quenched as the cool liquid slides down your throat.

Are you feeling it?

If you’ve got lemons and you’ve got sugar, then you’ve got lemonade in a matter of minutes. 

Fast and frugal, it’s a simple drink to make on hot summer afternoons. 

And the taste is fresh and true – nothing like the artificial variety of lemonade. 

While this recipe is super quick and easy to make, you can save even more time by making up a large batch of the sugar syrup (the sugar and hot water) and storing it in the fridge ready for when you need it. It can be used for summer cocktails, mocktails and punch as well as fresh lemonade.

Looking for more summer drink ideas?

Try this old-fashioned fermented ginger beer recipe. It’s delicious and full of good bugs.

On the other hand, if sugar’s not your thing, check out how to make plain water taste awesome.

Now, on to the recipe…

Yield: approx. 1.5 litres

Homemade Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Homemade lemonade recipe

Quench your thirst this summer with this old-fashioned lemonade recipe.


  • 1 cup of sugar (215g) (more or less to taste. Start with less).
  • 1 cup (250ml) of lemon juice
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot water
  • 4 cups (1 litre) cold water


  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water.
  2. Add the lemon juice to the cold water in a jug and stir to combine.
  3. Stir in the sugar syrup, tasting as you go so you get the perfect balance of sour and sweet.
  4. Chill and serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices if you prefer.



  • Add mint or other herbs like lemon balm, thyme or basil. Muddle.
  • Add fresh or frozen raspberries or blueberries. Give them a little squish.
  • Add cucumber slices.
  • Use soda water or sparkling mineral water instead of plain water for a fizzy variation.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 0gSugar: 33gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is calculated automatically using the Nutritionix database. Nutrition information can vary for a recipe based on factors such as precision of measurements, brands, ingredient freshness, serving size or the source of nutrition data. We strive to keep the information as accurate as possible but make no warranties regarding its accuracy. We encourage readers to make their own calculations based on the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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  1. Sachin nagul says:

    Hi good afternoon this really good thanks

  2. Hi! Thanks for sharing this great lemonade recipe. I tried this last weekend for my guests & they loved it.