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Perfect Lemonade

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  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Servings 1x
  • Category: Drinks
  • Method: Cook


This tart homemade lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot day and it’s so much better than that canister from the store shelf.  Easy too!


  • 1416 lemons, depending on size, enough for 2 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of two lemons


  1. Pour the water and sugar into a medium size sauce pan. Bring to a boil and dissolve sugar, making a simple syrup. Remove from heat and let cool completely.
  2. Squeeze the juice from enough lemons to make 2 1/2 cups lemon juice. Zest two of the lemons and add the zest to the lemon juice.
  3. Pour the lemon juice into a one-gallon pitcher or drink dispenser. Add the cooled simple syrup.
  4. Add enough water to make almost one gallon, allowing for ice, and stir well. Add more sugar to taste.
  5. Refrigerate