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Aunt Frances' Lemonade Recipe

Aunt Frances' Lemonade Recipe

My sister and I spent a week each summer with our Aunt Frances, who always had this thirst-quenching lemonade in a stoneware crock in the refrigerator. It makes a refreshing drink after a hot day of running around. —Debbie Reinhart, New Cumberland, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min. YIELD:12-16 servings


  • 5 lemons
  • 5 limes
  • 5 oranges
  • 3 quarts water
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups sugar


  • 1. Squeeze the juice from four of the lemons, limes and oranges; pour into a gallon container.
  • 2. Thinly slice the remaining fruit and set aside for garnish. Add water and sugar; mix well. Store in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with fruit slices. Yield: 12-16 servings (1 gallon).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 122 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 3g fiber), 1g protein.

Reviews for Aunt Frances' Lemonade

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momtomatt User ID: 1197551 254486
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2016

"This is the best lemonade! I like to add mint leaves for garnish."

Shagcooking User ID: 8620430 237510
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2015

"Delicious and refreshing!"

krysfielder User ID: 5728656 230504
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"This is the recipe I use. My kids call it Mom's Famous Lemonade! I don't use the fruit for garnish so I only use 4 of each (Sometimes 3 of each because the fruit is kinda big) and if I want to cut back on time or the cost I will use a little frozen orange juice concentrate instead of juicing the oranges. Sorry, I don't have a measured amount of OJ mix to give, I just add and taste."

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 226593
Reviewed May. 19, 2015

"This was a great lemonade! I made with 1 1/2 cups sugar and it was plenty sweet. I added some sliced strawberries for color. It was beautiful in my glass pitcher. I am making this again for my next get together. Has anyone tried it with Stevia???? I think I will try it and see how it taste."

Michaelt309 User ID: 7683653 90
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"My family loved it when I made it"

ferndale52 User ID: 4154455 14
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2014

"refreshing and easy, but i don't care for the oranges - too sweet. i think less sugar would have helped."

AnnPatrice User ID: 1053058 202
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2014

"Would it work to serve this without any sweetener and guests could add sugar or artificial sweetener as they wanted? Sounds like it would be 5 stars."

LeslieH User ID: 191346 183
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2014

"Thirst quenching and easy to make!"

momoflandl User ID: 5566695 513
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014

"This is certainly a nice change from the usual beverages available. We liked it as did our company! I made my husband do the juicing, but it didn't take much time at all."

seasons4 User ID: 978190 172
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2014


debkarow User ID: 2467174 134
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2014

"I have been making this recipe for years as it was in a Taste of Home magazine from the 1990's.It takes some work, but well worth it! I have requests for it at every summer (and sometimes winter) get together."

lmillerrn User ID: 6503011 1198
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2014

"Loved it! I like mixing the different types of citrus. My kids loved it I have made this several time."

TanyaVDB User ID: 2515758 58
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2014

"SO DELICIOUS! It was worth everyones reviews....makes me wonder what other recipes Aunt Fraces has up her sleeve! I scaled it back only because it was my first time making it and second I didn't have a beverage container large enough. Need to go shopping for a larger pitcher for next time. Being Canadian i used 2 1/2 orange, lemon and lime, 1 cup sugar and 6 cups water."

afschaak User ID: 4514466 198281
Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"Just got done making this yummy lemonade. I have NEVER made lemonade from scratch before and this was a great one to start out with. It really should be called Citrus Lemonade with all the lemons, limes and orange fresh squeezed juice in it. I used 4 lemons, limes and oranges and did not do the 5th for garnish. I used 2 qts water and the 1 /12 sugar. It tasted just right! I will be making this one again and again!"

pamdevone User ID: 3875916 360
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2014

"This was the best lemonade I've ever tasted"

Junmer User ID: 7409969 147
Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"So good and so refreshing. I served it during a family gathering and everyone love it. Thanks for sharing."

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 327
Reviewed May. 27, 2013

"Like others who rated "Aunt Frances' Lemonade" before me have said - this refreshing drink was worth the effort>

Since there's just 2 of us, I scaled back the recipe .. .. .. and it worked beautifully!"

vewebber58 User ID: 998755 325
Reviewed Jun. 18, 2011

"This is so refreshing, just the thing to quench your thirst on a hot day. My daughter really liked it and wanted to know where I got the recipe!"

beksand User ID: 2556544 355
Reviewed Apr. 8, 2011

"This was awesome! well worth the effort, I got so many compliments at the party i took it to. Definately will make again!"

JillyG User ID: 5909212 133
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2011

"This is a new family favorite!"

christmasbaby User ID: 1156384 354
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2010

"My kids LOVE this. They often request it .The only suggestion I have, is if you have leftovers remove the slices of fruit. Otherwise the lemonade becomes bitter from the peels."

CeKD User ID: 5327533 89
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"Well worth the time needed to juice!"

christmasbaby User ID: 1156384 228
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"My kids often request this recipe. Thank you sooooo much for sharing it. I have found if we don't drink it all I need to remove the slices of fruit. (They make the leftovers taste bitter.) We love this drink."

grammafaith User ID: 309782 121
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2010

"I found this recipe years ago in - I think it was the Guidepost magazine. It is wonderful - will make it again and again!"

aimeesoll User ID: 1184339 359
Reviewed Jan. 23, 2010

"When I found this recipe I made it onxe a week for several summers...everyone loves it."

princesskallie User ID: 1207624 309
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2009

"This lemonade was wonderful! Refreshing, not too tart or lemony. It was delicious and was a huge hit at a recent babyshower I hosted. I highly recommend this recipe!!"

Donna J Ferguson User ID: 4178141 661
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2009

"Made this for a baby shower, it was such a hit I ran out. It is the best!"

JanIam User ID: 701952 423
Reviewed May. 10, 2009

"This is the best lemonade I ever had. From now on I will not make an other lemonade. This is truly the best and it is so refreshing. Thanks!"

lisa53202 User ID: 1079567 307
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2009

"This is required at all our family gatherings!"

Wild Bill RFD User ID: 3283552 471
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2008

"[quote user="Recipe-Bot"] My sister and I spent a week each summer with Aunt Frances, who always had this thirst-quenching lemonade in a stoneware crock in the refrigerator. It tastes so much like fresh citrus. It made such a refreshing drink after a hot day running around the farm.

-Debbie Blackburn, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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blup User ID: 2929199 79
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2008

"wow!Me and my husband really enjoyed this lemonade!

I will stop buying lemonade anymore.This is great!!!!"

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