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Best Homemade Lemonade

  • Author: Rachel Phipps
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes (plus cooling time)
  • Yield: Serves 4-6 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Diet: Vegan


This delicious homemade lemonade recipe uses both the zest and juice of lemon and limes, and can be diluted as you want with sparkling water – great to make ahead and super refreshing to enjoy with lots of ice on a hot summers day!


  • 200ml (3/4 cups) freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. 4 lemons)
  • 50ml (1/4 cups) freshly squeezed lime juice (approx. 2 small limes)
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1/2 lime
  • 60g (2 oz) granulated sugar 
  • chilled sparkling water
  • ice cubes


  1. Zest 1 lemon and half a lime and set the zest aside.
  2. Squeeze all the citrus and combine half the juice with the sugar and the reserved zest in a small saucepan. Set over a medium heat and stir for 5 minutes or so until all the sugar is dissolved, before setting the syrup aside to cool completely. 
  3. Strain the zest from the syrup and combine it with the juice. Chill until needed for up to 3 days.
  4. Mix the lemonade syrup, in a 3:2 ratio with sparkling water and serve over ice, adjusting to suit your personal tastes.