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Lemonade Recipe

This lemonade recipe is completely from scratch, and lower in sugar than most!
Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up

When I was a little girl, I didn’t care for lemons. Whenever my mom would sneak a bit of citrus peel into a recipe, my dad would complain that it tasted like garbage pail. So I turned my nose up as well.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up

My parents were friends with a couple that lived in the area. They had a lovely house and a little white dog. Sometimes when we went for visits, Mary Lee would make us a batch of lemonade. I didn’t care if I was supposed to hate lemons, I loved that lemonade.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up

It was the perfect amount of sweetness, and so refreshing.

“I usually don’t like lemonade, but this is good!” I would tell her.


Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up

I never did ask her for her lemonade recipe – I was far too young to be concerned with making food. But I decided to experiment with a homemade recipe (Reuben is a huge lemonade fan), and hit on the right combination first try.

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Most lemonades are a hair too sweet for my taste, so of course I reduced the amount of sugar right off the bat. It turned out to be just right.
Homemade Lemonade | Buttered Side Up
I’ve tried making lemonade with maple syrup before, but it brings me back to an illness I had where I drank lemon water with maple syrup and cayenne. Not a pleasant memory.
Here I made it with organic cane sugar. You could also make it with any other sweetener you like (sucanat, palm sugar, maple sugar, etc.), just be aware that the flavor will be a little more caramely.
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Homemade Lemonade Recipe
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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

This homemade lemonade is super easy to throw together for a party!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade, Lemonade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Erica Lea


  • 3 1/3 cups cold water divided,
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice from 4-5 small lemons,
  • 1/3 cup organic cane sugar


  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1/3 cup water and sugar to a boil. Pour the simple syrup into a heat-proof 4-cup pitcher.
  2. Add the remaining 3 cups of water and lemon juice and stir well. Chill before serving, or serve over ice cubes.

Recipe Notes

adapted from epicurious

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Recipe Rating


Monday 4th of July 2022

Easy and tasty receipe 🤩

Erica Kastner

Tuesday 5th of July 2022

So happy you enjoyed it!