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When the temperatures start to rise, nothing beats a refreshing glass of ice-cold freshly squeezed Lemonade.   This simple lemonade recipe will be your new go-to drink to beat the heat this summer!
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemonade
Servings: 8
Author: Amanda Rettke


  • 4 fresh lemons, about 1 cup juiced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 cups ice water
  • ice, crushed (as desired)


  • Roll lemons on cutting board and then cut in half.
  • In a large bowl, squeeze juice from lemons. Make sure to strain out any seeds or excessive pulp.
  • Add sugar and water. Whisk well to combine, making sure the sugar has dissolved.
  • In a large pitcher add ice. Pour lemonade mixture over ice. ((optional, see notes)


Be Mindful of the Ice
That may sound silly, but it is actually important. Have you ever made fresh lemonade and then added it to a pitcher of ice and 1/2 hour later it is diluted and blah? If you add 4 cups of ice you could potentially have up to 4 cups of water diluting your lemonade, which can definitely affect the flavor.
Although I added ice to the pitcher in the images, that is not how I typically serve it. I usually make the lemonade and then serve it with cups of ice OR cups and an ice bucket. People usually drink the lemonade before all of their ice melts so they can enjoy the pure flavor.