Easy Homemade Lemonade

With a blend of both lemons and limes, this easy homemade lemonade is ready in 30 minutes. Served over ice this lemonade made from scratch is a refreshing drink for any backyard BBQ.

A glass of lemonade with a pitcher of lemonade. A bowl of fresh lemons and limes. A lemon juicer and juiced lemons and limes.

This lemonade is better than any store-bought lemonade. It is made from fresh lemons and limes and has no dyes or preservatives.

What Are The Ingredients To Make Homemade Lemonade?

To make lemonade all you need are four ingredients, five if you include ice,

  • Fresh lemons.
  • Fresh limes.
  • Water.
  • Granulated sugar.

Why Add Limes To Lemonade?

We like to add limes to our lemonade because it intensifies the citrus flavours. And in our opinion it makes the lemonade taste better. If you prefer, the limes can be replaced with additional lemon juice.

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Tips To Make Lemonade

Making lemonade is fairly easy. And these are a few tips to making this recipe.

For this recipe, we boil 1 cup of the water with the sugar to dissolve the sugar better. This only takes a few minutes to do and we found this gave us the best results for an evenly sweetened lemonade.

We also zest one of the lemons and one of the limes before juicing them. This gives the lemonade more flavour but can be omitted if you prefer.

A citrus juicer is our go-to tool for getting as much juice from the fruit as we can.

How To Store Homemade Lemonade

When it comes to what kind of container we like to make the lemonade in, our choice is always a glass pitcher. We choose glass because it can be chilled while we make the lemonade.

Pouring the lemonade into a glass container that is chilled and filled with ice, means it is ready to serve immediately. Just make sure to pour the sugar water in last and slowly so you aren’t adding hot water to an ice cold glass container.

The lemonade should be kept in the fridge until ready to serve. Any leftover lemonade should also be stored in the fridge.

A batch of this lemonade will last up to 2 days in the fridge.

A glass and a pitcher of Easy homemade lemonade with juiced lemons and limes, a bowl of fresh lemons and limes and a citrus juicer.

Easy Homemade Lemonade

With a blend of both lemons and limes, this easy homemade lemonade is ready in 30 minutes. Served over ice this lemonade made from scratch is a refreshing drink for any backyard BBQ.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings


  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice, about 2-3 lemons
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice, about 2-3 limes
  • ice for serving


  • In a small sauce pan, heat 1 cup of water with the sugar until just boiling.
  • Remove from heat and whisk the water and sugar to dissolve the sugar completely. Allow to cool for at least 5 minutes.
  • In a large pitcher, pour the remaining water, lemon juice and lime juice in stirring to combine.
  • Slowly add the sugar water to the lemonade, stirring to combine. *see notes if using glass pitcher.
  • Serve over ice.


When using a glass pitcher, let the sugar water cool for 10 minutes if the glass is cold. Alternatively, a cup of ice cubes can be used in place of 1 cup of the water. This will cool the sugar water as it is poured into the pitcher. 
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