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Perfect Fresh Lemonade Recipe

Y’all if you love lemonade, you have to try this recipe. I’m a southern girl and if I’m going to drink lemonade, it’s gonna be fresh squeezed and made with real sugar. Yum!! Yum!!

Here is a Perfect Recipe to make fresh squeezed lemonade. I look forward to hearing how you like it. So gather your supplies and be sure to use a clear pitcher for lemonade just because it’s so pretty with lemon’s floating in the pitcher.

Nothing better than an ice cold fresh squeezed lemonade in the summertime.  Here's the recipe


Ingredients for Fresh Squeezed Lemonade Recipe
Yield: 8 people

Best Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Best Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Simple Easy to Make

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1½ cup Sugar
  • 7-8 lemons
  • lemon zest
  • water


  1. grate lemon for zest
  2. heat water with zest and sugar until sugar is dissolved
  3. stain the sugar and zest mixture
  4. juice all lemons
  5. add remaining water and refrigerate


Wash Lemons well

Zest two lemons and set aside

Place 2 cups of water, lemon zest and sugar in sauce pan

Heat until sugar is dissolved.  Do not boil

Strain sugar solution into pitcher

Squeeze juice from all lemons - should be approx. 1 cup of juice

Add juice to pitcher 

Fill with water until pitcher is full - 1 quart of Lemonade

Stir before serving - keep refrigerated until ready to serve.  

Serve over ice

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 170Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 2gSugar 40gProtein 1g

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The secret ingredient

Y’all this is truly the secret to making the perfect fresh lemonade. It’s so simple, just zest two of the lemons and up the flavor wow! I do recommend a real fine grater to get a fine zest.

Use Lemon Zest to make Lemonade.

Next just add your zest to 2 cups of water and your sugar. Heat until the sugar dissolves.

Lemon Zest for Fresh Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Important Step for Perfect Fresh Lemonade Recipe

Then you want to strain the mixture before adding to your pitcher. If you skip this step, you may not have perfect lemonade. LOL

Stain Lemon zest with a lemon strainer.

I like to squeeze my lemons with a squeezer because I’m assured of getting every last drop of juice. This recipe goes so well with another favorite recipe – Hot Chicken Salad

Use fresh squeezed lemon juice t make fresh homemade lemonade

Notice the color of the sugar & zest water. Looking good!

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Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you enjoy this lemonade recipe.

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Saturday 18th of July 2020

Will be trying this for Sure! I just bought the sliced almonds for the hot chicken salad! I think I better go get some lemons to have these two together! I made lemonaide the other day and added some limes to see how it would taste and it was sooo good! Just yummy!

Monday 20th of July 2020

Shelly, I hope you enjoy both. Thank you so much for stopping by. I appreciate your comments. Rachel

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