There’s truly not much better than an ice cold glass of homemade, old-fashioned lemonade! The quintessential summer drink on a hot day, lemonade also happens to be simple to make with just three ingredients!
I’ve lived in the South my whole life (Dallas, Charleston, Raleigh and now Nashville) and there is just nothing more refreshing on a very hot, humid Southern day than a glass of lemonade. Not the powdered stuff, however, but real old-fashioned lemonade!
When my brother and I lived in Charleston, we would set up a lemonade stand outside our house and make a total killing. It was 100 degrees and SO miserably humid that all the downtown Meet Street tourists were actually melting, and 99 cents for a cup of lemonade was a no-brainer for everyone who walked by our house. ALL thanks to our mom who kept this lemonade recipe coming…
Tangent: I’ll save the full story for another day of how I set up a separate stand right beside the lemonade stand where I charged 5 cents to pet my turtle because I wanted a larger cut of the lemonade profits, and then I made the front page of the Charleston newspaper…but another day, like I said… haha!
If you’ve never made homemade lemonade, it’s super easy, trust me. You’ll wonder why you waited so long! You’ll say goodbye to all types of powdered lemonade.
My husband LOVES this lemonade because…you see, he went to Auburn University where they’re quite known for their Toomer’s Corner lemonade (tart but in the perfect way) and it has quite the cult following, so he considers himself quite the lemonade connoisseur.
Homemade lemonade is made with three simple ingredients: sugar, water and lemon juice! If you have the time, freshly squeezed lemon juice tastes the best.
Lemonade Tip: Roll your lemons on the counter before squeezing them to help get the juice. Also, be sure they’re room temperature, it’s harder to juice when the lemons are cold.
How to Make Old-Fashioned Lemonade
- First you make a simple syrup out of equal parts water and sugar, regular granulated white sugar. Super easy, trust me. Just heat them in a sauce until boiling and the sugar has dissolved, remove and let cool.
- Add the simple syrup you’ve just made in Step 1 to the lemon juice and water to a large pitcher. Add more water to taste.
- Serve over ice, and if you want to feel fancy, garnish your lemonade glass with mint sprigs and lemon wedges!
Store your old-fashioned lemonade in a pitcher in the refrigerator for up to 7 days. Enjoy!
Now if you want to jazz things up and make spiked lemonade, simply add vodka for a lemonade cocktail!
- 2 cups sugar
- 5 cups water divided
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice freshly squeezed
- lemon slices, mint for garnish
- Begin by making a simple syrup: in a large saucepan, heat sugar and 2 cups water to boil and stir until sugar dissolves into a syrup.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
- In a large pitcher, add lemon juice, simple syrup, and remaining 3 cups of water. Add more water to taste.
- Serve with ice, and garnish with lemon slices.
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