Homemade Lemonade Recipe

So I have a lot of requests for a good homemade lemonade recipe. In fact, I would even go as far as to say this recipe even tastes a lot like Chick Fil A. But clearly, this isn’t a copycat recipe for Chick Fil A lemonade. I bet if you taste it, you will think it’s a pretty good stab at their recipe.
a glass of lemonade with lemon slices
My first memory of lemonade was at those old Hot Dog On a Stick restaurants. I can remember moving to Colorado in the 70s as a child. My Dad was a controller at Montgomery Ward, and we moved there to open Pueblo, Colorado’s first shopping mall. There they had a Hot Dog on a Stick restaurant. I actually think this is where I first tried a corndog and fresh lemonade.

To be honest corn dogs have never tasted so good, well except those made in a Wal Mart parking lot, but I don’t they do that anymore. You might know you are from East Texas if you remember those… Lemonade, yes, that’s what we are talking about here, the lemonade was amazing. Growing up beverages that we made came out of packages and you combined those with sugar and water.

Fresh lemonade is nothing short of amazing. It is tart, it is sweet, it quenches your thirst. It truly is amazing. You know some restaurants charge so much for lemonade, and it is so easy to make.

I did a lot of research on lemonade, and I think I found one of the perfect ways to make it. I hope you will enjoy my lemonade recipe. Of course, I want you to share this recipe with your loved ones and become the hero of your family.

Recipe Ingredients

This is what you need to make lemonade:

  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Salt

We are going to start out with making simple syrup for this lemonade recipe. We are going to combine sugar, and water, and a pinch of salt (it’s my secret ingredient), and we are going to boil the simple syrup.

Now if you watch my video my simple syrup looks a little darker. I like to use organic cane sugar, and it isn’t pristine white. While sugar may not be the healthiest of ingredients, I feel better if it is organic. This may be delusional on my part, but it does make me feel better using sugar.

We are going to let the simple syrup cool and then use it to make the lemonade. It is that simple. By boiling our water and sugar together we are going to get a nice mixture where the sugar doesn’t separate back out. The salt helps bring out the flavor of the lemons just a bit.

I do not have a version for alternative sweeteners. For this recipe I urge you to do it old school, you only need fresh lemons, sugar, and a pinch of salt.

My recipe makes 1 serving, the recipe says it is for 2 servings. Multiply the ingredients by how many people you have. By the way, if you don’t have fresh lemons, you can use bottled juice, but you didn’t get that from me …. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Recipes using Lemonade

a glass of lemonade with lemon slices

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

You can make delicious lemonade at home with fresh lemons.ย 
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Homemade Lemonade Recipe
Servings: 2
Calories: 197kcal


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  • In small saucepan combine water, sugar, and salt. Bring mixture to a boil, and boil for 2 minutes. Allow simple syrup to cool to room temperature. Combine simple syrup with lemon juice and mix well. Pour over ice. Yields 2 servings.



Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 303mg | Sugar: 50g | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 8mg
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About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Kassy McMichael

    5 stars
    Stephanie, I love this old fashioned lemonade recipe… so sweet and refreshing! If you haven’t already you can try an herbal twist. The flavors are outstanding! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. D'sMom

    Don’t forget to float your juiced lemon peel halves in the finished lemonade for more depth of flavor! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. RubyMinigirl

    That is a whole lot of sugar. 1/4 cup per serving. (194 calories for one
    glass). Could you use agave or another natural low-calorie sweetener?
    (If so, you’d only need 1/4 cup total for agave, which is 2 tbsp per
    glass and only 21 calories each.)

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for your suggestion. I really wanted to make an old school lemonade just like I had when I was growing up.

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