Old-Fashioned Lemonade - How To Make Lemonade

Recipe Type: Beverage, Lemons, Simple Syrup Cuisine: Southern Yields: 6 cups Prep time: 15 min  


Simple Syrup (see recipe below)* Juice of 6 freshly-squeezed lemons (approximately 1 cup)  4 cups cold water** 1 sliced lemon, for garnish Ice cubes

  • Check out my tutorial on making Simple Syrup.
    • You may add more or less water to your desired taste.


Prepare Simple Syrup in advance and refrigerate until ready to use.

In a large pitcher, combine freshly-squeezed lemon juice and cold Simple Syrup.

Add water, lemon slices, and ice cubes; stir until well blended. Refrigerate approximately 50 to 60 minutes before servings.

Serve in tall glasses over ice.

Yields approximately 6 cups.  

Basic Simple Syrup Recipe: 1 cup granulated sugar* 1 cup water

  • You can reduce the sugar to 3/4 cup, if desired.

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar and water. Boil for 5 minutes, without stirring. Remove from heat and let cool before using.

Store in the refrigerator.