Lemon Refresher Recipe

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It's hard to believe I started making this tart punch 30 years ago. It's definitely a tried-and-true recipe!—Lavonne Hartel, Williston, North Dakota
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon peel, optional
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • Ice cubes

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 198 calories, 1g fat (1g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 39mg sodium, 45g carbohydrate (44g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large bowl, beat sugar and lemon juice on high speed for 3 minutes or until sugar is partially dissolved. Gradually beat in milk. Stir in lemon extract and peel if desired. Chill. Stir in soda just before serving. Serve in chilled glasses over ice. Yield: 3 quarts.
Originally published as Lemon Refresher in Taste of Home April/May 2001, p6

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Reviewed May. 30, 2016

"Made this many times and I always double the recipe. There's never any left."

Reviewed Apr. 15, 2012

"We served this at my daughters wedding it is so good"

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