Easy Homemade Lemonade- Old Fashioned

Just the word “lemonade” brings back  childhood memories of  lazy, country summer days in Elberton, Ga. We went there every summer to visit family and if you asked for something to drink, you’d better believe it was gonna be well water, sweet iced tea or a chilled mason jar full of old fashioned , homemade lemonade!

My great grandfather would down sweating glasses of lemonade back to back while sitting on the porch, swatting flies and spittin’ tobacco. That was one of his favorite ways to past time.

easy homemade old fashioned lemonade recipe

A pitcher of good old fashioned, homemade lemonade was one of the first drinks I learned how to make as a child. I pretty much taught myself. I mean how hard is lemons, sugar and water, ya know. The hardest part is getting that perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

Simmering the zest creates a really pretty yellow color without having to use a powdered mix or food coloring and it also add a nice tang to the lemonade.

This homemade lemonade recipe is such a classic. It creates one amazing pitcher of sweet, tart, and refreshing lemonade!

And while you’re at it don’t forget to check out my recipe for old fashioned strawberry lemonade!

Watch me make this easy homemade lemonade from start to finish!

homemade old fashioned lemonade recipe


4.9 from 16 reviews
Easy Homemade Lemonade- My FAVORITE!
This easy, homemade old fashioned lemonade recipe is one of the best I've tasted. It's as southern and classic as it gets using only lemons, water and sugar.
  • 8 lemons, plus more for garnishing if desired
  • 1½ - 2 cups sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
  1. Wash lemons thoroughly.
  2. Roll lemons firmly on a hard surface until they become soft. This will make them easier to juice.
  3. Zest 2-3 lemons. Set aside
  4. In a pot over medium heat, add sugar, lemon zest and 2 cups of water.
  5. Simmer lightly for about 5 minutes or until sugar has dissolves and the mixture has a light yellow color. Do not boil.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Juice the lemons.
  8. Strain the lemon juice into a large pitcher.
  9. Strain the sugar mixture into the large pitcher.
  10. Add in 4 cups of cold water.
  11. Taste to make sure it's not too sweet for ya, if so add more water.
  12. Fill chilled glasses with ice and pour in the lemonade!
  13. Garnish each glass with sliced lemons.
  14. Store in the refrigerator.
~TIPS~ Serve in glasses filled with ice! Garnish the individual glasses with slices of lemons as opposed to floating the sliced lemons in the entire pitcher since this can give the lemonade a bitter, peel taste if left too long. Lemonade ice cubes are a great way to keep the lemonade from getting watered down, although I've never had lemonade to last that long in a glass.



  1. Bonnie says

    God bless your soul!!! this is the best lemonade i’ve ever had… let alone made! you will forever be apart of my family! THANK YOU!

  2. Loling M. Sawyer says

    How much vodka or hard stuff do you use in conjunction to the recipe? Half of the water and half vodka?

  3. Katie says

    Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe! Even my daughter, who is a countrytime fan :( , loves it. My husband should be home in about an hour; hopefully it will last that long.

  4. Tara says

    I love the look of this recipe but how much sugar do you use? I watched the video and read and re read the recipe and can’t see the quantity of sugar anywhere. AM I missing something?

    • Chris says

      The recipe calls for 11/2-2 cups sugar. Go with the lower amount if 2 cups is too sweet. Heck you can put in however much you want until your sweetness level is reached.

  5. P.Jackson says

    I LOVE Monique! This recipe was Wonderful! I just found this website and made this lemonade this evening! Love it! like a previous reviewer mentioned about the tartness and sweetness- it is simply just the perfect blend! I am making 5 old fashion latch back glass bottles full of this lemonade for my brothers for fathers day! Making them the HARD version;) They will love it! Thanks so much! I love you girl!

  6. Leah says

    As we have a lemon tree, and hate to see waste. I made my first batch of your lemonade recipe 3 weeks ago, it was so delicious and refreshing with a bite. My family and friends think so too….So easy to make. This is a definite must to do every week whilst in season. Thank you.

  7. AlinaJay says

    First time making homemade lemonade and this recipe was AMAZING!!! I love your YouTube channel and website. Thanks!

  8. Annelize says

    Thanks so much for this recipe!! It was easy to make and I love the taste and colour! Cannot wait to give it to my son’s Kindergarten class tomorrow!!

  9. Kylie Joslin says

    I made this and it was amazing, and it had the perfect balance of tart and sweetness plus when you simmered the lemon zest in with the sugar and water it gave it a nice yellow color without having to add dyes! Delicious!

  10. Jessica says

    It was great lemonade!! It was fun to watch the video with my kiddies & then make it together!! Thanks for the delicious recipe!

  11. Stephanie says

    Just made this tonight! Perfect balance of tartness and sweetness-wayyyyy better than storebought! This was my first time making homemade lemonade. I also make your Southern sweet tea all the time! Thanks chica :)

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