Homemade Lemonade


Lemonade is a classic drink that takes us back to the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. When I was little, my sister and I would set up a lemonade stand at the end of our driveway in the hopes of making a little extra change. And I definitely mean a little. It was a fond childhood memory and part of the reason it has always been a favorite seasonal drink of mine.

Here is a traditional, tasty lemonade recipe that only requires 3 ingredients and is very easy to make. It has the perfect balance between tart and sweet. This refreshing drink makes me want to live in the south and sip this chilled concoction from a mason jar while sitting on a porch swing. Although I live in the city, I am a country girl at heart.


  • 5 lemons
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 5 cups water

How to

  • Wash lemons and zest 2-3 of them. Set aside.
  • Juice lemons into a bowl. Then strain into measuring cup.
  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, add sugar, 1 cup water, zest and lemon juice. Simmer for about 5 minutes until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
  • Pour into large pitcher and stir in remaining water. Add more depending on how tart or sweet you like it.

For a fun twist, add watermelon ice cubes!