Best Lemonade Ever Recipe

Yields: About 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: Optional


  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 6-8 lemons)
  • 5-6 cups cold water
  • Ice
  • Optional: Lemon slices, fresh mint sprigs for garnish


Make the Simple Syrup:

  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water.
  • Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves completely. The mixture should be clear.
  • Remove from heat and let cool completely.

Prepare the Lemons:

  • Roll the lemons firmly on a countertop to release more juice.
  • Cut the lemons in half and juice them until you have 1 to 1 ½ cups of juice.

Assemble the Lemonade:

  • In a large pitcher, combine the cooled simple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Add 5 cups of cold water and stir well.
  • Taste! This is your base. Adjust sweetness (add more simple syrup) or tartness (add more lemon juice) until it perfectly suits your liking.
  • If not serving immediately, chill the lemonade for at least an hour.
  • When ready to serve, add plenty of ice to the pitcher and individual glasses.
  • Garnish with lemon slices and mint sprigs, if desired.


  • Sweetness: Adjust based on your preference. Start with less simple syrup and add more until you reach your desired sweetness level.
  • Water: For a more intense lemonade, start with 5 cups of water and add more if you’d like it less concentrated.
  • Variations: Get creative! Try adding a handful of muddled strawberries, raspberries, or a sprig of fresh rosemary or lavender to the pitcher.
  • Storage: Refrigerate leftover lemonade for up to 3-4 days.


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