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Fresh Homemade Lemonade Recipes

Updated on October 6, 2016
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One of the best parts about warm weather is enjoying homemade juices and other cold drinks. Fresh squeezed lemonade is no exception. Whether you're enjoying a simple family meal at home or throwing a large party, homemade lemonade will add a perfect touch.

There are a lot of great lemonade recipe options. I have divided the recipes here into the following sections:

  • Classic. Keep is simple with the basic homemade lemonade recipe.
  • Fruit combinations. Lemons make a wonderful pairing with many other fruits.
  • Herbs. Who knew that you could add herbs to lemonade. There are a handful of great options.
  • Alcoholic. Lemonade is a classic pairing with several types of alcohol.

Once you've started experimenting with new lemonade additions, don't feel limited to the recipe suggestions here. Feel free to experiment with your own new combinations.

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Tips for Making Great Lemonade

  • Squeeze fresh lemons. Lemon juice from a bottle will do in a pinch, but there is nothing like fresh squeezed lemons.
  • Make a sugar syrup and or fruit or herb syrup. You can mix sugar with cold water, but the result will not be the same. Take the time to boil the sugar in water until it has dissolved completely for optimum results. The same thing applies for fruit and herb lemonade pairings. Many recipes include instructions for these additional syrups.
  • Use fresh ingredients whenever possible. Make lemonade from scratch and add seasonal fruits, herbs, and other fresh ingredients.

How To - Quick Simple Syrup (No Pot Needed or Required)!

Tip: Change up the flavors for almost lemonade recipe slightly by using limes instead of lemons.

How to - Easy Fresh Homemade Lemonade Limeade

  • Perfect lemonade recipe. This recipe from Simple Recipes includes advice about ingredient ratios for homemade lemonade and steps for making sugar syrup.
  • Old fashioned pink lemonade. Color your lemonade pink naturally with cranberry juice.
  • Honey ginger lemonade. Take this classic pairing that many people use for hot tea and transform it into a refreshing summer beverage. Alternatively, keep it simple with ginger on its own.
  • Black tea lemonade. Don't feel limited to black tea. Pair any favorite tea with homemade lemonade.
  • Green frozen lemonade. Have you jumped on the green smoothie band wagon? Try it as a lemonade drink! This drink is beautiful and very healthy.

You can pair lemons with a wide variety of other fruits.

Lemonade with herbs is a perfect choice for the summer when you can use freshly picked herbs from your own garden or the local farmers market. If you don't drink all of the lemonade the day you make it, discard the leaves so they don't turn brown.

  • Mint lemonade. Mint is such a classic addition for so many summer drinks.
  • Lemonade with rosemary. You only need a sprig or two for a very flavorful drink.
  • Lavender lemonade. Lavender turns lemonade a beautiful shade of pink. Make sure to use dried lavender that is intended to be used in the kitchen.
  • Strawberry basil lemonade. Make a separate strawberry-basil syrup to pair with strawberry lemon for a delicious kick. You can also make a simpler basil lemonade.
  • Rosewater lemonade. If you've enjoyed lemonade at a Mediterranean restaurant, you can capture that flavor yourself with rosewater. It's available at many Middle Eastern and international import grocery stores.
  • Jalapeno lemonade. This doesn't quite in with the herbs, but I had to include it somewhere. Change it up by making lemonade with a kick.

It wouldn't be a complete summer drinks article without a few alcoholic options.

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      Mohan Kumar 4 years ago from UK

      Oh, my kids absolutely adore freshly made lemonade that Daddy makes for them. Its great now I've got a bigger menu to offer. As always the pictures, instructions and steps are super-useful! Voted up!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Oh yum! These recipes puckered my lips and tempted my taste buds! All of these variations sound super delicious! I never knew about the syrup! I had no idea. I've got to seriously gives this a try as I'm convinced it makes all the difference in the world. Adding lemons to my grocery list - check!

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      Mommiegee 4 years ago from Alabama

      The photo of the lemonade say it all! Love his hub. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      This is a fabulous hub randomcreative! I think I'll try the lemonade with rosemary today. I have a lot of basil and rosemary growing in my garden and have been looking for some new ways to use them. Voted up and pinned! Kelley

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never met a lemonade I didn't like! This is a great overview of the varieties available. Mango limeade is one of my favorites. I like the idea of using cranberry juice as a natural color for pink lemonade. Voted up and shared!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Docmo, I'm sure that your kids will enjoy these new recipes, too!

      Thanks, missolive! The syrup does make all the difference.

      Thanks, Mommiegee!

      Kelley, that's great about the basil and rosemary. :) Enjoy!

      vespawoolf, mango limeade sounds amazing.

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      This is hubalicious! This is an awesome hub. So much I didn't know. I'm gonna try some of these. Does anyone know how many lemons it takes to make a pitcher of lemonade? And for the Arnold Palmer, how much liquor and what liquor is required for it? I might have missed it but I didn't see it listed. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      NiaG, thanks! I would use about 8 lemons for a pitcher of lemonade. Many of the recipes have suggestions for number of lemons. Arnold Palmer is the first one listed in the Alcoholic section.

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      NiaG 4 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Thanks! I'll look again. I saw the Arnold Palmer link but didn't see the type or amount of alcohol to go in it.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Nice! A new way to use the fresh basil and rosemary I have growing. Thanks! Voted awesome and shared!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      If that link doesn't list that information, you can do a Google search for Arnold Palmer. I know that there are tons of other recipes out there.

      Rebecca, yes, for sure! Thanks. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I don't drink alcohol but I would try the other varieties :) I vote up and will share too.

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      mejohnson 4 years ago

      I love a frosty glass of lemonade. Thanks for these ideas. I never would have thought of making my own sugar syrup with fruit. Great hub!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Sounds good, Christy! Thanks for the vote and share.

      mejohnson, you'll have to give it a try sometime! It's not hard and makes such a difference for a homemade recipe.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Your recipes look wonderful. Will be sharing these with hubby, the lemonade nut. :) VUMS.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Great information! Thanks for all the yummy lemonade ideas. Voted up!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Terrye! Sounds good. :)

      Thanks, jennzie!

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      Alissa Roberts 4 years ago from Normandy, TN

      My boys are lemonade fanatics! I will have to expand their taste buds and try a few of these recipes. Thanks for compiling and sharing all of them with us!

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      CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC

      YUM! This is always my favorite part of carnivals. The homemade lemonade stands :) I might have to try this at home with the kids. I know they would get a kick out of it :) Thanks! Voted up and shared!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Alissa, nice! Enjoy trying some new recipes with your boys.

      Yes! My husband and I are the same way. I'm sure that your kids would enjoy it at home. :)

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      leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

      Oo - mango lemonade sounds very refreshing! I definitely want to try some of these. I wish we could get fresh lemons here (off the tree)! They are so expensive because they are all shipped in!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      It is wonderful! Our lemons are usually expensive here, too, for the same reason. It would be amazing to pick them right off the tree.

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      Edi 4 years ago

      I love the berry flavored lemonades :)

      Jesse just bought some lemonade the other day to make some cocktails for this summer!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      They are delicious. :) Very nice!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I discovered air enhances the taste of fruit drinks

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      Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

      I can't wait to try some of these fruit and herb lemonade recipes. I would have never thought to make the syrups. Great hub with awesome recipes and links. And so timely....Thank you. Voted up, interesting and awesome.

      Lisa

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Yummy recipes that I am looking forward to trying with my dauther!

      Voted Up, Awesome, and Interesting...and shared on Facebook! :0)

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Mhatter, thanks! That's interesting.

      Lisa, thanks! The syrup makes all the difference. Enjoy the new recipes.

      Thanks for the votes and shares, Seafarer Mama! Have fun trying some new recipes with your daughter.

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I love lemonade, especially in the summertime. I'm definitely going to save this so I can make new versions. Thanks for sharing!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, Alecia. :) Have fun with your new recipes this summer!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Enjoyed checking out your lemonade recipe will have to keep this handy. Voted up

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      That's great, moonlake! Thanks!

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