Classic Lemonade


Classic Lemonade

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When life hands you lemons, make every variation of lemonade possible.


  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • mint leaves , (optional, for garnish)


  • The Base: Stir lemon juice with sugar in a pitcher until sugar has dissolved. Add cold water. If desired, garnish with fresh mint.

Nutrition (per cup)

  • Calories
  • 156,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41 g,
  • Sodium
  • 6 mg.
  • Good source of
  • vitamin C

How to make sparkling lemonade

Substitute club soda for water.

How to make a shandy

Pour equal parts lemonade and cold lager into a glass.

How to make citrus sangria

Pour equal parts lemonade and dry white wine into a pitcher. Stir in a mix of frozen fruit, such as peaches and pineapple.

How to make lemonade iced tea

Omit water. Brew 2 orange pekoe tea bags in 2 cups boiling water. Let steep for 5 min. Discard tea bags. Pour into a pitcher along with lemon-sugar mixture, handfuls of ice and fresh mint.