A cool glass of tart and sweet lemonade is peak summer. Veer off the well-worn path and explore more than dozen new ways to sip your way through the season with our collection of herby, fruit, and even frozen Homemade Lemonade Recipes!
What’s the Best Way to Juice Lemons?
- Electric citrus juicer: while I’m not generally a fan of single use kitchen gadgets, I reserve a special place in my heart (and storage closet) for this citrus juicer, especially in the summer. If you make homemade lemonade on the regular, it’s a worthy investment.
- Citrus reamer: a handy tool for most kitchens, from making fresh lemonade to squeezing citrus for cocktails. Get one with a base for collecting the juice, bonus points if it has measurements built in. Simply cut your fruit in half and twist around the ridged edges to extract your juice.
- Citrus squeezer: juice over a large (4 cup) wide-mouthed pyrex measuring cup for less spillage and easy measuring and pouring.
- A fork: yes, really! Lacking none of the above, twisting the tines of a fork into a halved lemon will do a decent job of juicing.
Whether you go electric or manual, roll the lemons back and forth on the counter a few times to loosen the membranes to make juicing just a bit easier.
And remember – you’re going to get some seeds and pulp when you manually juice. I recommend straining regardless of which side of the pulp debate you fall on so you can extract any seeds. Add pulp back into the juice according to taste.
How Many Lemons Yield One Cup of Juice?
The average lemon yields roughly 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, so you’ll need 6-8 lemons to get enough juice for this recipe. Some lemons are juicer, and some methods (like an electric juicer) yield more juice.
How to Make Simple Syrup
Many homemade lemonade recipes call for simple syrup. Luckily it’s really simple to make!
Combine two parts sugar to one part water in a small saucepan. Whisk over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves, then set aside to cool. It keeps in the fridge for a few months. It’s handy to have around for lemonade, cocktails, and sweetened mocktails.
Trying to cut sugar? Use honey instead! For most lemonade recipes, you can substitute honey for sugar. Use ⅔ c honey for every 1 c sugar.
Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipes
Summer isn’t complete without at least one batch of homemade lemonade! Veer off the well-worn path and try one of these lemonade recipes with a special twist – be it fruit, herb, or frozen!
Simple and refreshing, Lavender Lemonade is the perfect quencher on a hot summer day. Start with your simple syrup by stirring sugar, water and lavender together over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Once your syrup is cooling, juice your lemons and strain to remove seeds. Combine everything together once your syrup is close to room temp and serve over ice with lemon and lavender as garnish.
Easy to make and easier to drink, Blueberry Lemonade is ripe for mocktails, cocktails, popsicles or just kicking back and relaxing. No simple syrup needed – blend, strain and mix.
Homemade Strawberry Lemonade is so quick, easy, and gloriously tasty, you’re going to start buying fruit in bulk. No simple syrup needed – squeeze, blend, strain and mix. Garnish with sliced berries for a pretty treat.
Mint and basil lemonade with honey simple syrup is a tart and refreshing summer mocktail.
This frozen mint lemonade recipe is ultra refreshing and easy to whip up in a blender!
Recipe and photo by Cookie and Kate
This Homemade Raspberry Peach Lemonade is packed with fresh raspberries and juicy peaches. It’s the ultimate refreshing drink to cool you down this summer!
Recipe and photo by Joyful Healthy Eats
A refreshing drink the whole family will love.
Recipe and photo by Recipes From A Pantry
Mangoes are made for summer. This mango lemonade here is so refreshing, so juicy, and so deliciously tropical. A perfect drink to cool down this summer!
Recipe and photo by Immaculate Bites
Frozen Mint Lemonade (Limonana) ~ a slushy, minty, Middle Eastern version of lemonade that is honestly the most refreshing drink I have ever had in my life.
Recipe and photo by The View From Great Island
Loved by both kids and adults, this Peach and Strawberry Lemonade Recipe is made with fresh pureed peaches and strawberries, fresh lemon juice, and minimal amounts of sugar.
Recipe and photo by The Forked Spoon
Frosted Lemonade Recipe – Easy, delicious and refreshing two-ingredient Chick-fil-A Frosted Lemonade copycat made with lemonade and vanilla frozen yogurt!
Recipe and photo by Diethood
This delicious lemonade recipe is made with sweetened condensed milk.
Recipe and photo by This Healthy Table
These delicious slushies are perfect for kids of all ages!
Recipe and photo by Baby Foode