Old fashioned lemonade

Ahhhh I can picture it now. My feet up, sipping this old fashioned lemonade out of my mason jar, on a balmy summer day. These are the days I look forward to.

Homemade lemonade is a lot simpler than you think. Especially this one. The hardest part is waiting for the simple syrup to cool. That is the part where I stand and stare at the fridge patiently or impatiently some might say.

Lemonade Recipe

This old fashioned lemonade has three ingredients, sugar, water and lemon. The sugar and water when heated create a simple syrup that gets added to the fresh squeezed lemon juice. That’s it!

As for the garnish be creative. Add some fresh strawberries, blueberries, or my favorite blackberries. I like to add mint to my lemonade and have since upgraded to basil. It adds a nice fragrance to the lemonade and is also a beautiful garnish.

You can easily substitute lime for the recommended lemon in this recipe to make a  refreshing limeade.

A few tips for juicing lemons:

  • Roll the lemon

Place the lemon on the counter and roll to release juices. The average lemon has about 3 tbsp of juice in it so if you are not getting that keep squeezing!

  • Place lemon in microwave

It is  good to keep your lemons out at room temperature before juicing. If they have been in the fridge try this microwave tip. Microwave for about 20 seconds to extract more juice from your lemons. Allow to cool and juice.

Old fashioned lemonade

Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Super Easy Old Fashioned Lemonade. All you need is 3 ingredients to make delicious homemade lemonade!


  • 4 cups water
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice


  1. Start by adding water and sugar to a medium saucepan and heating on high heat. Boil until sugar has fully dissolved stir continuously. It typically takes about 2 minutes to dissolve. Take of the heat and place in the refrigerator until cool.
  2. Combine simple syrup, and lemonade in a large pitcher over ice. Stir to combine and garnish with herbs or fresh fruit.
Nutrition Facts
Old fashioned lemonade
Amount Per Serving
Calories 151
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Sugar 38g42%
Vitamin C 11.8mg14%
Calcium 8mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Drink Recipes, Old Fashioned Lemonade, Summer Recipes

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