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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.


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Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
Serves 4 (makes 4 cups)


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Instructions Checklist
  • 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.


Nutrition Facts

112 calories; sodium 1mg; carbohydrates 30g; sugars 26g; calcium 5mg.