June 20

Easy Ways to Make Homemade Lemonade

Store-bought lemonade contains unnecessary additives and are an avoidable expense. Opt to make lemonade at home! There are tons of ways to make homemade lemonade, and best of all, it’s simple and takes hardly any time.

Always use fresh lemons and avoid using bottled lemon juice, as it will alter the taste of the beverage. The recipes below each make 4 servings.

 

How to make homemade lemonade

How to make homemade lemonade

With this two-step recipe, the perfect homemade lemonade only takes 10 minutes. To make it, you will need:

  • 6 lemons
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 6 cups of cold water
  • 1-gallon pitcher

We recommend using filtered water, but tap water also works.

First, firmly roll the lemons on the counter and your hand. It will help soften the fruit and make it easier to juice. After rolling, cut the lemons in half and juice them until you have 1 cup of lemon juice.

Next, use a gallon pitcher and mix the lemon juice, 1 cup of sugar, and 6 cups of water. Depending on your preference, adjust the amount of water to your taste. Chill and serve over ice.

 

How to make homemade lemonade without sugar

How to make homemade lemonade without sugar

The best part about making lemonade at home is controlling which sweeteners (and how much) are used.

Sugarfree homemade lemonade is just as delicious as its original counterpart, and there are several ways to enjoy this summer staple, naturally. While this recipe calls for powdered stevia, honey is another alternative that is healthy as it is tasty.

To make, you will need:

  • 7 lemons
  • 4 cups of cold water
  • tablespoon of powdered stevia

Roll the lemons on the countertop as in the previous recipe, then cut into halves. Juice the fruits until you have 1 cup of lemon juice. Stir the juice, water, and stevia in a pitcher until the stevia dissolves. Chill and serve over ice.

 

How long does homemade lemonade last

How long does homemade lemonade last

When refrigerated, homemade lemonade lasts between five to seven days. However, with a drink this delicious, it’s hard to imagine it lasting that long.

Is homemade lemonade healthy

As a superfood, lemons have a variety of health benefits, and drinking homemade lemonade naturally sweetened with honey or stevia, rather than processed sugar, is a great way to enjoy these benefits.

Lemonade is useful to alleviate problems with indigestion and constipation. Lemon juice gives the digestive tract the boost it needs to break down foods and loosen waste in the lining of the bowels.

The acidity of lemons can also help prevent kidney stones. Water is a sure way to prevent them from forming, but the citrate in lemonade assists with this as well.

Drinking lemonade can even help with weight loss. Lemons are high in fiber, specifically a soluble fiber called pectin, which has weight loss properties. Additionally, lemonade helps promote feelings of fullness and can help suppress appetite.

The high potassium content in lemons can help fight high blood pressure. For those who struggle with dizziness and nausea, a glass of lemonade may relieve some of these symptoms.

There’s nothing like a glass of lemonade on a warm day, and knowing all the surprising health benefits it has is all the more reason to reach for a glass of lemonade. Celebrate summer with a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade!