Cool Off with an Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Homemade Lemonade at Happy Simple Living

I picked up a can of name-brand frozen lemonade concentrate recently, and noticed that the first ingredient listed was high fructose corn syrup. Lemonade is the classic summertime drink, but the product made from the the can is mostly empty calories.

Lemons are an excellent source of Vitamin C, but cooking the lemon juice (the process used to make concentrate) destroys about 25% of the Vitamin C. Making your own lemonade with raw lemon juice gives you complete control over the ingredients, and the end result is not only far more delicious, it’s healthier, too!

You’ll notice that this recipe calls for a pinch of sea salt. That may seem weird, but the salt actually enhances the sweet-sour flavor profile and makes the lemonade taste even better. If you’re curious, try tasting the lemonade before and after you add the salt and see what you think.

Here’s our family recipe:

Homemade Lemonade

  • Fresh-squeezed lemonade1 cup organic cane sugar (or more or less to suit your taste – or substitute agave nectar or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 8 cups ice water
  • pinch of sea salt
  • lemon slices and mint sprigs for garnish (optional)

Combine the sugar and hot water in a pitcher, and stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the lemon juice, ice water and salt; stir. If you’re feeling fancy, serve the lemonade garnished with lemon slices and fresh mint sprigs. Makes about 10 cups.

Enjoy and stay cool!

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Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

Cool Off with an Old-Fashioned Homemade Lemonade Recipe

  • Karen

    Did you know that your “Iced Tea” link takes you to this page? I love lemonade but I love iced tea too!

  • mmmmmm, one of my favorie recipeeees.

    i love it with some mint or basil leaves,
    gonna have to get some lemons at the store!

  • Sounds lovely 🙂 We have gazillions of lemons on our tree at the moment, but it’s too cold still here for ice cold lemonade. Lots of honey and lemon drinks for winter colds instead, but I really need to do some kind of baking with lemon juice to use up some more I think!

  • Nic

    Omg! Drinking this right now! It is perfect! Thank you for this great recipe!

  • I’m going to have to try this recipe! I grew up drinking orange lemonade, my grandmother mixed a small can of frozen lemonade with a larger can of frozen orange juice. I never realized there was high fructose corn syrup in the frozen juices. I recently had a craving for lemonade and just happened to find some Organic lemonade in the store, made with zero high fructose corn syrup or other artificial sweeteners. It was delicious, but much more expensive than making it at home.

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