Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

The mint syrup is a sweet and refreshing balance to the tart lemons.

NotesSimple Syrup (makes 1¼ cups):

Simple syrup dissolves readily in cold drinks, and we like to serve a little pitcher of it with iced tea so everyone can sweeten his or her own to taste.

In a saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the sugar completely. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.

Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

1 cup water

2 cups sugar



Total Timeunder 2 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Type of Dishbeverage, juicer, non-alcoholic beverage


  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)
  • ¼ cup Simple Syrup (see Notes) or Mint Syrup
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 lemon, sliced in thin rounds, for garnish (optional)


  1. In a medium pitcher, combine all of the ingredients and stir. Chill and serve ice cold.


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