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Homemade Lemonade

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 0 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 8 cups 1x


This 3-ingredient homemade lemonade recipe is naturally sweetened with maple syrup or honey, and easily adjustable to make as tart or sweet as you prefer.


  • 1 1/2 cups freshly-squeezed lemon juice*
  • 6 cups cold water
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey simple syrup,* or more to taste


  1. Squeeze the lemon juice.  Use a citrus juicer to strain the fresh lemons (or you can squeeze out the juice by hand, discarding the seeds) until you yield 1 1/2 cups of juice.
  2. Add sweetener and water.  In a large pitcher, stir together the lemon juice, water and maple syrup (or honey simple syrup) until combined.
  3. Make any adjustments.  Give the lemonade a taste, and add in any extra lemon juice (for tartness), maple syrup (for sweetness), or water (to dilute the flavor a bit) if desired.
  4. Serve over ice.  Serve over ice, garnished with an extra lemon slice and/or fresh herb sprig if you’d like.  Or refrigerate in a sealed pitcher for up to 1 week.


*Lemons: I used about 8 large lemons, in order to yield 1.5 cups of juice.  But the size and juiciness of lemons can vary widely, so I vote bring home a few extra lemons just in case.  Feel free to also add in the zest of one lemon, if you would like to add a bit of tartness.

*Honey Simple Syrup: To make honey simple syrup, combine equal parts water and honey in a small saucepan and heat until the mixture reaches a simmer.  Stir until the honey is dissolved.  Then remove from heat and add your desired amount to the lemonade mixture.