8 Different Homemade Lemonade Recipes

8 Different Homemade Lemonade Recipes all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in flavors like strawberry, raspberry, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade.

I love a good homemade lemonade and these are a few that I can’t live without: Homemade Strawberry Lemonade, Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipe and Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade.

8 Fresh Fruit Summer Lemonade Recipes

Homemade lemonade is my jam and I’ve been dreaming about this post for years now. In previous years, I’ve made fresh made-to-order lemonades at our local farmers market in addition to selling fruit and vegetables I grew, homemade baked goods, and handmade aprons. I’d try a few new flavor variations each week and I had so much fun seeing peoples faces when you offered them choices like strawberry rhubarb, tropical, and even watermelon lemonade. Some people wanted to be adventurous and some people wanted to stick with favorite classics like traditional, strawberry, or raspberry.

8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

No matter what your favorite homemade lemonade is, I have you covered.

Should I Use Fresh Lemon Juice or Bottled?

Fresh lemon juice is much better tasting and I’m going to strongly recommend it. It’s going to take about 6 average-sized lemons to make a cup of lemon juice. If you are in a pinch and really need some lemonade you can use bottled lemon juice. Costco sells this Organic Italian Volcano lemon juice (it’s about $8 for 2 big bottles) and it’s the best when it comes to bottled lemon juice. Some of the other brands are a little bitter and have an after taste (though I’ve still used them in a pinch – when you need some lemonade, you just need some lemonade!).

How Can I Make My Lemonade More Tart?

Adjust the ratios of sugar, lemon juice, and water to your liking. I have made these homemade lemonade recipes pretty standard, but if you like your lemonade more tart, add more lemon juice or reduce the amount of sugar. Play with it a little!

Should I Use Fresh or Frozen Fruit to Make Lemonade?

You can use fresh or frozen fruit for these recipes. Because you are boiling most of the fruit, it won’t matter either way! That makes the recipes super convenient in my book.

Can I make lemonade ahead of time?

You can make all of the syrups and things ahead of time. These recipes also scale up easily if you want to make them for a crowd. Looking to scale the recipes down? Check out my single-serve lemonade post.

Tips and Tricks for Making Homemade Lemonade:

  • If you are making any of the fruit varieties, you are going to need a fine mesh strainer and a bowl to strain into. I used a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup and it worked great (I love that it has a handle, too!).
  • If you’d like to add herbs, you can add them when making the simple syrup or you can just add a sprig or two to each cup and muddle them (crush to release the flavor and oils) after adding your lemonade. I love fresh mint in my lemonade!

8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

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Traditional Homemade Lemonade


  • Author: Melissa
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

Description

A traditional lemonade recipe, made two different ways. Is there a better way to cool off in summer other than with a glass of fresh lemonade? This sweet summer drink will be your best friend on a hot day.


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Ingredients

For the simple syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water

For the lemonade

  • simple syrup
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups water
  • ice (at least 2 cups)
  • sliced lemon for serving, optional

Instructions

Traditional Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, heat the 2 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar for the simple syrup over medium high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir it often. The mixture doesn’t need to boil but it will be steamy and hot. Place the simple syrup in a heat-resistance container (a mason jar with a lid works well for this) and refrigerate until chilled.
  • In a large pitcher, add the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 5 cups of water. Stir to combine well. Serve over ice and garnish with a lemon.

Quick Instructions

  • In a large pitcher, add 2 cups of hot tap water. Add the cup of sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Add the lemon juice, 4-5 cups of cold water, and 2 cups of ice. Stir well to combine. Serve right away.

Notes

The lemonade will be a little strong, so be sure to serve it over at least a 1/2 cup of ice. If you aren’t serving it over ice, be sure to chill the lemonade well before serving and add 1 to 2 cups more water to suit your taste. You can make the traditional recipe or the quick version, both work well.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

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Strawberry, Peach, Tropical, Raspberry, or Blackberry Lemonade Recipes


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 20 min
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

Description

This summer drink recipe is for making fruit-infused lemonades like strawberry lemonade, peach lemonade, and raspberry lemonade. If you’ve grown tired of the traditional lemonade recipe, try these fun fruit variations!


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Ingredients

For the Fruit Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit (such as raspberries, peaches, strawberries, blackberries, or a tropical mix)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the Lemonade

  • Fruit simple syrup
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 34 cups water
  • Ice (at least 2 cups)
  • Sliced lemon or additional fruit for serving, optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, heat the 2 cups of water, 1 cup of fresh or frozen fruit, and 1 cup of sugar for the simple syrup over medium high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir it often. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-6 minutes until the fruit is soft.
  • Remove the pan from the heat. Use a potato masher to crush the fruit. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes while the fruit steeps in the hot water.
  • Set a fine mesh strainer over a medium-sized bowl (a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup works well for this) and pour the hot fruit simple syrup through the strainer. Use the back of a spoon to press the fruit against the strainer to remove all of the extra juice. Discard the pulp or seeds (or feed it to your chickens!).
  • Place the fruit simple syrup in a heat-resistant container (a mason jar with a lid works well for this) and then let it chill in the fridge.
  • In a large pitcher, add the simple syrup, lemon juice, and 3-4 cups of water. Stir to combine well. Serve over ice and garnish with sliced lemon and/or additional fruit.

Notes

  • The lemonade will be a little strong, so be sure to serve it over at least a 1/2 cup of ice. If you aren’t serving it over ice, be sure to chill the lemonade well before serving and add 1 to 2 cups more water to suit your taste.
  • If you don’t want to wait for the simple syrup to chill, you can make the lemonade as directed but instead of adding water, add ice. Let some of the ice melt then taste it before adding more ice or water.
  • If your fruit isn’t very sweet, you might want to add an additional half cup of fruit to your simple syrup (I find that strawberries and the tropical fruit mix often need that extra 1/2 cup).
  • You can find a tropical fruit mix in most frozen sections. It should have pineapple, mango, and strawberry in it (and maybe even papaya).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

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Watermelon Lemonade Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

Description

A quick and simple watermelon lemonade recipe, for when the summer heat has got you beat. This easy homemade summer drink, made with fresh watermelon, will cool you off just like that!


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Ingredients

For the watermelon puree

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon, seeds and rind removed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

For the lemonade

  • watermelon puree
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 34 cups water
  • ice
  • sliced lemon for serving, optional

Instructions

  • In a blender, combine the watermelon, water, and sugar. Blend on high for 1 minute to dissolve the sugar.
  • Pour the watermelon puree through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Add the watermelon puree to a large pitcher, add the lemon juice and additional water, and stir well to combine.
  • Serve over ice with sliced lemon as a garnish.

Notes

Don’t skip the straining part here, watermelon tends to feel a little gritty in your mouth when it’s pureed.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

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8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

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8 Different Homemade Lemonade Recipes all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade.

Strawberry Rhubarb Lemonade Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 25 min
  • Yield: 1/2 gallon 1x

Description

Sweet and tart strawberry rhubarb lemonade is the tastiest lemonade recipe out there. Made with fresh strawberries and rhubarb, this simple summer drink is the best way to beat the heat!


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Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 to 2 1/2 cups rhubarb, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 1 pint strawberries, stems removed and cut in half
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
  • 34 cups ice

Instructions

  • In a medium pot, add the water, rhubarb, strawberries, and sugar. Heat over medium high heat, stirring often until the mixture starts to boil. Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and roughly crush the berries and rhubarb with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer. Use the back of a spoon to firmly press the solids against the strainer to get as much liquid out of them as you can. Discard the solids (or feed them to your chickens) and refrigerate the liquid until it is cool.
  • When you are ready to serve, add the cold strawberry rhubarb liquid and lemon juice to a large pitcher and stir together. Add the ice and stir again. Serve right away. Garnish with lemon slices and/or sliced strawberries if you’d like.

Notes

I like to cook the rhubarb in a lot of water because it’s a subtle flavor and I think it’s more apparent when it’s been cooked in more water. This is a great sweet, tart, and cheery drink!

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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8 different homemade lemonade recipe all in one place! Learn how to make lemonade with fresh lemons or lemon juice in varieties like strawberry lemonade, raspberry lemonade, and even watermelon and tropical lemonade. This post will be your go-to guide for lemonade recipes.

How perfect does homemade lemonade sound on just about every night of the week? I make these recipes for parties, movie nights with popcorn (it makes movie night feel extra special), and roadside lemonade stands, too! Just add the ice to the cups right before serving so that it doesn’t melt into the lemonade before  you want it to. Seriously, who doesn’t love fancy lemonade?! My kids set up shop yesterday after I made and shot these recipes and they walked away with $22. Saving for Legos never tasted so good.

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10 Responses
  1. Colleene

    We made the strawberry lemonade and the watermelon lemonade for our 4-H fundraiser and it was a hit! Great recipe and easy to make. We used bottled lemon juice and it was still great!!!

    1. Melissa

      It’s such a nice tart flavor, perfect for lemonade! I have a rhubarb crisp recipe here though that is my all time favorite way to use rhubarb, you should check it out!

  2. We loved when my mom would make fresh lemonade in the summer. But with my grown up palate, I’d love to try all these fabulous variations!!

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