How to Make Lemonade from Scratch with 10 Variations so everyone can have their favorite flavor

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Cooling time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 1 gallon
Tart and sweet at the same time, old-fashioned lemonade is a refreshing drink on a hot summer's day. Check out the 10 flavor variations, too!
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  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 cup sugar or 1 tsp. liquid stevia
  • 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cups water very cold
  • 2 cups ice


Make a simple syrup

  • Combine hot water and sugar in small saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves then remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Note: liquid stevia users should skip this step!

Make the lemonade

  • Stir simple syrup (or stevia) and lemon juice together. Add the 6 cups of water then 2 cups of ice and stir well. Taste and add more water if it's too sweet.


Check out the 10 lemonade flavor variations, too!