5 Ways with Lemonade


5 Ways with Lemonade

It’s National Lemonade Day! Here are some of our favorite ways to mix up this summer thirst-quencher at home. Start with the basic recipe below, then try adding a new spin. Or, try our lemonade concentrate — a percentage of proceeds benefits the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research.


Summertime Lemonade


For the simple syrup:

1 cup water

1 cup sugar


1 cup fresh lemon juice

4 cups cold water

Ice cubes

1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded


To make the simple syrup, in a small saucepan, combine the water and sugar, stir to combine and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour into a heatproof container, let cool completely and refrigerate until thoroughly cold. You should have 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups. It will keep indefinitely in the refrigerator.


To make the lemonade, pour the lemon juice into a 2 1/2-quart pitcher and add simple syrup to taste. If you are using a sweet lemon, such as a Meyer, you will need less syrup. Add the cold water, stir to blend and then add ice. Pour into tall glasses, garnish with the lemon slices and serve. Serves 6.


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4 comments about “5 Ways with Lemonade

  1. Ann

    You might want to try adding a little pineapple juice and infuse it with fresh basil!

  2. David Cervantes

    The juice from Maraschino cherries and Midori melon liqueur. So good.

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