Classic Lemonade


There are few things more refreshing than a glass of lemonade, especially when it’s homemade. In fact, there are only two ingredients in this classic recipe, so there’s really no reason you shouldn’t make it yourself. Making simple syrup is, well, as simple as its name implies—you’ll bring sugar and water to a boil until the sugar is dissolved. This is the same technique used in a variety of cocktails, so it’s not a bad one to have in your arsenal. Then, you’ll mix in the lemon juice and some cold water, et voila! A pitcher of lemonade in 10 minutes flat. To switch things up, try mixing in seltzer water instead of still.

Hands On Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
Serves 4 (makes 4 cups)


  • ½ cup sugar

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved; let cool. In a pitcher, combine the syrup with the lemon juice and 2½ to 3 cups water. Serve over ice.

    Classic Lemonade Recipe
    James Wojcik

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

112 Calories
30g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Calories 112
% Daily Value *
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Total Sugars 26g
Calcium 5mg 0%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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