Fresh Lemonade Syrup

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 25 min.


20 servings

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
"This is a refreshing summer drink to enjoy on those lazy dog days of summer," reports Kathy Kittell from her home in Lenexa, Kansas. With the simple syrup in the fridge, it's a breeze to stir up this thirst-quenching beverage by the glass or pitcher.


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups lemon juice (about 16 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon grated lemon zest


  1. In a 1-1/2-qt. heat-proof container, dissolve sugar in boiling water. Cool. Add lemon juice and zest; mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: 5-1/2 cups syrup (number of batches varies depending on concentration of lemonade).
  2. For 1 serving, combine 1/4 to 1/3 cup syrup and 3/4 cup cold water in a glass; stir well. For 16 servings, combine 5-1/2 cups syrup and 10 cups cold water in a 2-qt. pitcher; stir well.

Nutrition Facts

1/3 cup: 126 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.