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Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5 min. + chilling YIELD: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)


  • 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.

Recipe Note

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.
  • Nutritional Facts

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

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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"

    CookieCarol User ID: 1452995 158953
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2008

    "Maybe they mean that the lemon is divided. The zest goes in with the sugar and water, the juice goes in later. I'm just guessing.....don't really know."

    pamholmes User ID: 819251 158951
    Reviewed Jun. 19, 2008

    "I do not understand why you say the lemon juice is divided, when you add it all at once, according to the directions???"

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