Basic Homemade Lemonade Recipe

One of my favorite drinks to make during the summer or anytime, really, is lemonade. I also make lots of different lemonade versions or add-ins, like this Nectarine Lemonade or this Strawberry Lemonade & Lime Mojito. But you have to start with a good basic lemonade recipe.

Here is an easy, basic homemade lemonade recipe that cannot be beat!  It is a great drink to make this Memorial Day for your picnics, grilling and Bar-B-Q’s.  Just great for any summer day. Heck, it’s great any day of the year!

Basic Lemonade Recipe


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water.  Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar.  Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Use a juicer or microwave the lemons for a few seconds to soften them up and cut in half and squeeze with cut side up (so seeds won’t get into cup).  Be sure to leave the pulp but remove any seeds that may be in it. 
  3. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups of water.

I hope you enjoy this great lemonade recipe and if you have a great summer drink recipe share it with us.  Hope to hear from you!  Enjoy your Memorial Day!