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Homemade lemonade recipe

Homemade lemonade recipe

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You can't beat a classic lemonade for the ultimate refreshing summer drink. This simple homemade lemonade recipe is easy to whip up – perfect for serving at barbecues, picnics and summer parties. See method

  • Serves 6
  • 10 mins to prepare and 10 mins to cook, plus cooling
  • 94 calories / serving
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 6 unwaxed lemons, washed, plus extra slices to serve (optional)
  • 125g granulated sugar
  • 1 ltr soda or sparkling water, chilled
  • ice cubes

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    0g 0%
  • Saturates

    0g 0%
  • Sugars

    23g 25%
  • Salt

    0.1g 2%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 24.7g Protein 0.2g Fibre 0g


  1. Remove the zest of the lemons with a peeler, avoiding the white pith, then juice the lemons. Place the zest in a medium saucepan with the sugar and 400ml water.
  2. Place on a low heat and bring to the boil slowly, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once the syrup is boiling, add the lemon juice and immediately remove from the heat. Leave until completely cool, then strain into a bottle or clean jug and chill until needed.
  3. To serve, mix with chilled soda or sparkling water and serve over ice with extra lemon slices, if liked.

Tip: You can make the lemonade syrup base up to 3 days ahead.

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