Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe
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Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

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This sweet-tart lemonade is a traditional part of my Memorial Day and Fourth of July menus. Folks can't get enough of the fresh-squeezed flavor. —Tammi Simpson, Greensburg, Kentucky
Recommended: 22 Best Summer Pies
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
MAKES:7 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling
MAKES: 7 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1-3/4 cups lemon juice (about 10 large lemons)

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 142 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, combine sugar, 1 cup water and lemon peel. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice and remaining water; refrigerate until cold. Serve over ice. Yield: 7 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips:
  • To make limeade, substitute lime peel for lemon peel and limes for lemons.
  • To make lavender lemonade, add 2 tablespoons dried lavender to the sugar and lemon peel mixture before simmering. If desired, strain before serving.
  • To make ginger-mint lemonade, add 1-2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger root and 1-2 mint sprigs to the sugar and lemon peel mixture before simmering. If desired, strain before serving.
  • Originally published as Old-Fashioned Lemonade in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2003, p207

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    Remenec User ID: 6059530 267971
    Reviewed Jun. 14, 2017

    "This is the perfect drink to enjoy on the patio in summertime. This recipe tastes just like my mom's lemonade growing up. I did reduce the sugar to one cup and only used 6 lemons, since this is all I had on hand. It was still sweet, but in my opinion, that's how old-fashioned lemonade is supposed to taste!"

    leesandra User ID: 4647169 246050
    Reviewed Mar. 26, 2016

    "Great but needed 8 lemons"

    angmclanc User ID: 3282588 135891
    Reviewed Jul. 1, 2013

    "Forget the powdered stuff! easy to make and delicious. What summer is all about!"

    ritaI User ID: 1300891 82462
    Reviewed Mar. 3, 2012

    "Absolutely delicous"

    emower72 User ID: 5571478 66022
    Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

    "WAY too sweet! I would cut the sugar by half the next time. And it took more like 10 lemons to make. But other than that, not bad."

    Ghause User ID: 5076627 70395
    Reviewed Jun. 24, 2010

    "I stay in Hot country, taste of lemon so fresh but too sweet. Need to reduce the sugar. Will make again."

    sfbe50 User ID: 4881927 135889
    Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

    "I added the lesser amount of sugar, but it was still too sweet. Next time, I will try one cup of sugar. Maybe it depends on the lemons. I used lemons from my neighbor's tree in Arizona."

    cookinmomma User ID: 2738302 155104
    Reviewed Jun. 30, 2009

    "I'm going to be doing this Drink on the Fourth on Saturday.i'm making on saturday is pork ribs,potato salad and apple pie..."

    Karen Y User ID: 2986300 70376
    Reviewed Jun. 23, 2009

    "To me it sounds as if you only need the 1 cup of water to get the sugar disolved and the lemon peel to release it's flavor over the heat; then add the rest of the water & lemon juice. Sounds refreshing!"

    Xzercie User ID: 3685685 148302
    Reviewed Mar. 7, 2009

    "The lemon juice is not divided, the water is divided"

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