Easy Lemonade (Made with Fresh + Bottled Lemon Juice)

Glasses of homemade lemonade

Stir together a batch of homemade lemonade using fresh lemons and bottled lemon juice to save time. It’s a sweet and refreshing treat!

If you want a treat, make it yourself.

It’s a rule of thumb that makes sense to me, especially with sweet drinks.

Because at the risk of being the fun police, even homemade drinks like lemonade are still treats (and mostly sugar).

So this is a treat we make ourselves, especially in hot weather. 

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This lemonade recipe requires just a few simple ingredients: lemon juice, fresh lemons, sugar, and water.

You can make this lemonade with all freshly-squeezed lemons, especially if you’d like to keep your kids occupied for a while. We use an old-fashioned glass juicer like this one but I’ve heard these handheld citrus squeezers work well too. 

Otherwise, enlist some bottled lemon juice to pick up the slack. We’ve tried a few different kinds and do notice a difference between the slightly higher-priced juices (fresher-tasting) and the store-brands (perfectly fine as well).

Feel free to experiment with ratios. We were using a full cup of sugar before cutting it down. I find this version with less sugar perfectly sweet and satisfying.

And yes, this lemonade is lighter in color than the instant kind because it’s missing artificial food dyes. (And it tastes a whole lot better than the powdered kind too.) 

My kids have also been mixing this homemade lemonade with sparkling water to make a fizzy drink.

Hope you and your kids enjoy this sweet treat!

Easy Lemonade (Made with Fresh + Bottled Lemon Juice)

Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 8 1/2 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup lemon juice


  1. Make the simple syrup: Combine sugar plus 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat and stir until sugar is fully dissolved (you'll know it's dissolved when the liquid looks clear).
  2. Combine the simple syrup and lemon juice in a 2-quart pitcher.
  3. Add 8 cups of cold water.
  4. Chill before serving (or serve over ice).

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Category: Drinks

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