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Sparkling Lemonade

Who doesn't love chilled lemonade on a hot summer day? Made with club soda, this version is slightly bubbly and bursting with citrus flavor. —Rebecca Baird, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    2-1/2 cups


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon zest strips (about 1-1/2 lemons)
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • 1 cup club soda, chilled


  • In a small saucepan, heat sugar and water over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring frequently. Stir in lemon strips. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cool slightly.
  • Transfer to a pitcher. Stir in lemon juice; cover and refrigerate until chilled. Discard lemon strips. Stir in club soda. Serve over ice.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups: 313 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 83g carbohydrate (77g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • Countess Jane
    May 25, 2020

    Profuse amounts of sugar in this recipe. End result did taste fine and dandy, but only a inconsiderable amount was produced. Would recommend , however my husband and I found after large experimentation, it was better consumed in small amounts with sparkling water to dilute. But overall a flavoursome result, especially tasty with cut fruit such as kiwi. pears and mint with crushed ice. If we were to do this again, we would defiantly reduce sugar and cross reference other websites just to see if amount of sugar amounts could be reduced. - Jane, 57 , HIghgrove UK

  • Laura
    Jul 8, 2017

    This recipe is absolute liquid sugar. I have no idea how this is even called lemonade or how it has 5 stars. I took a sip and I actually had to spit it out because the amount of sugar triggered my gag reflex. I added 5 more CUPS of water and another 1/2 cup of lemon juice which made it great with lots of ice. If I could give this recipe zero stars, I would.

  • CindyLukacs
    May 23, 2016

    OMG this is sooo good!! You gotta try it -- with real sugar! You might want to make a double or triple batch because this recipe only makes 2 cups -- not nearly enough to last a day, and my kids and I drink a lot of lemonade during the summer!

  • Guangui
    Aug 4, 2012

    This is a very good tasting lemonade. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because it is extremely sweet. I love sweets, but the amount of sugar in this recipe is too much. As it is, might work well if using limes (limeade). For lemons I would cut the sugar to 1/2 cup, everything else is fine. Make double and triple batches, I gulped this recipe in only a few minutes; so refreshing!

  • jules.i.m
    Jul 4, 2011

    Loved this!!I have to make a huge batch though, 2 servings isnt enough. And people 3/4 sugar when using real lemons is not extreme.

  • dreamlady1931
    Jul 29, 2009

    Use Splenda, Aspartame, stevia, or saccharine?

  • cookiemouse
    Jul 27, 2009

    Sounds really good; but Oh my goodness - over 300 calories in one glass?

  • marciedarciestuff
    Jul 6, 2009

    good and very tangy but only made 1 large glass :(

  • heaney
    Jul 2, 2009

    How much lemon juice? I use the large lemons that I have in TX.

  • linmatte
    Jul 1, 2009

    My husband and I use 5 cups of water 1 cup of fresh lemon juice and either 1 cup of sugar or splenda. We bring the splenda down to 3/4 cup. My husband likes it tarter.linmatte, Winter Haven, FL