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Classic Sweet Lemonade

Classic Sweet Lemonade

Spring is here, the citrus is booming, and I am lucky enough to have neighbors that share from their abundant lemon trees. This time of year, I am making a lot of lemonade, but I am also squeezing and freezing fresh lemon juice so that I can make a quick delicious lemonade at a moment's notice. Always nice to have something to offer when a friend stops by. 

It is also a tradition at all my events and gatherings to have a Classic Sweet Lemonade out for all to enjoy! While the kids love it, the adults always end up drinking most of it. When life gives you lemons, why not make a whole lot of lemonade? Sometimes for extra flavor, I will also add herbs, fruits or edible flowers when making the simple syrup.

Here is my extremely simple recipe for making your own lemonade at home.


  • 2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups of simple syrup. (Recipe below)
  • 8 cups of water


  1. Add simple syrup, fresh lemon juice and 8 cups of water to a large pitcher or jar. Mix well. 
  2. Pour lemonade over a glass full of ice and enjoy!

Tip: Taste the lemonade as you pour in the water. If you want to keep the lemonade stronger you might want to add less water but if you want it to have a fresh mild taste add the 8 cups and enjoy!

Directions for Simple Syrup:

  1. In a medium saucepan add 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. (Optional: Add a few sprigs of mint, lemon verbena, strawberries, or lavender for extra flavor) 
  2. Let the saucepan come to a boil and continue stirring until sugar has dissolved. 
  3. If you added an herb, fruit or flower for additional flavor, pour the mixture through a fine sieve and set aside. 
  4. Pour mixture into a heatsafe container and let cool completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Check out the Instagram Reel!



Photos by: Anna Pata

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