Fresh Homemade Lemonade Recipe: How to Make Lemonade So Great that No One Stops On the First Glass

By Eren Mckay  
Filed under Homemade Recipes ~ Fast Easy Cooking

Fresh Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Do you want to know the secret to making the best tasting lemonade ever?

Click here to print out the lemonade recipe making lemonade girl Making lemonade seems like a simple thing to do, right? Sure anyone can make it – but can they make fantastic tasting lemonade? Hmmm.… I’ve tasted the most horrible lemonades- I’m sure you have too.

I’ve also had those bland watered down ones. There’s actually little “secrets” that many people don’t know about and end up ruining the lemonade.


bowl of hearts bowl of hearts Little things that we do can make our families happy. Every time I’ve made the following lemonade recipe for my kids- they’ve been like –WOW! I really enjoy making things for my kids that make them happy.


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Yield: 3 servings

Here’s the recipe for you:
Most recipes will tell you that you should squeeze the lemons. You’ll see that this recipe doesn’t do that. The secret to the taste is actually beating the lemons in the blender with the skin on.


Only make lemonade right before drinking it. This recipe uses the skin so if you don’t drink it in the first half hour it’ll get bitter other than the fact that the nutrients will evaporate. It’s really important to use healthy sweetener when preparing foods.

Stick with the following steps and you’re sure to make awesome lemonade:



Ingredients

1 lemon
12 icecubes
1 and a 1/2 cup of water
6 teaspoons of sugar or 9 drops of sweetener (healthy please)

Instructions:

lemonade 1st- Cut the lemon in half moons but leave the peal on. Take out the seeds.


2nd- Place 1/2 cup of the water with the lemon and beat it all in the blender.
The biggest secret is this: You can make your lemonade taste wonderfully if you beat the lemon with the skin in the blender: BUT only for 8 seconds.
That’s it- if you beat it for more than 8 seconds it will become too bitter. If you don’t beat it with the skin- it will come out bland. Sift the lemon juice.


3rd- Get the sifted lemon juice. Place 1 more cup of water the 12 ice cubes and the sugar or sweetener in the blender. The ice is a key to having it taste really great.


Special Tip If you don’t put any water it becomes a smoothie. So if you ever want to make a lemon smoothie simply take away the water.



Here’s what John and Elisa ( @mexicoandus on Twitter) had to say about this lemonade recipe:

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Reader tip from Christine:
My 2 cents on the sweetener…I’ve been making Eren’s recipe for a couple years now and we usually use the natural cane sugar crystals. This seems to give a richer flavor of sweetener than regular sugar. I imagine that sucanat would give a similar richness…just a bit stronger as it would have a bit higher molasses content than the natural crystals I use.

Thanks for the tip Christine 🙂
Even making lemonade is something that we can do with love! Try out this lemonade recipe – your friends and family will be pleasantly surprised!

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26 Comments on "Fresh Homemade Lemonade Recipe: How to Make Lemonade So Great that No One Stops On the First Glass"

  1. Jamwes  

    Sounds tasty

  2. Christine  

    I am not a lemonade lover, so I don’t know good from bad…it’s all bitter! However, my hubby is a fanatic about his lemonade! We usually buy the Minute Maid stuff at the store…with pulp. We were given a HUGE bunch of lemons and I found your recipe while doing a search (with my extensive kitchen knowledge, I didn’t know how to make lemonade!) He is in the other room still raving about it! 😉 You are a hit in our home!! Many blessings to you and your family! ~ Paul and Christine Musich, Phoenix, AZ

  3. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Christine- that’s wonderful!
    I’m so glad your family liked it 😉
    I’m always putting up favorite homemaking tips and little secrets – LOL.
    Great to meet you.
    Blessings,
    Eren Mckay

  4. Angie  

    I love lemonade! Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe and for linking to me. That was very nice.

  5. Iris  

    I LOVE your website and ENJOYED my stay . . . so warm and inviting! GREAT information!!!!

    I’ll be back!!!!!

    Iris

  6. jimmie  

    WOW! this really works thanx were did you get this recipe?

  7. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Jimmie!
    It works doesn’t it? 😉 A friend of mine told me about beating it with the skin. So I tried and modified it and it worked!
    So glad you enjoyed it!
    Blessings,
    Eren Mckay

  8. Lucy  

    Loved this recipe. Made it for the Memorial Day weekend party and everyone wanted more, more, more! Fantastic!

  9. Sandy  

    What is the best way to sift the juice from the pulp?

  10. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Sandy-
    A regular sifter works just fine. Just be sure to add the water and ice the second time around.
    Happy lemonade making 😉 !
    Eren

  11. Helen Aworetan  

    my daughter is a lemonade lover and very creative about recipes (non of which i do have though). after reading your recipe, can’t wait to share this with her for her experimenting. I have a strong notion it will be a hit.

  12. Lucy  

    We have 2 lemon trees and due to the high winds these past couple of days the ground was littered with them. We picked up the lemons and made this recipe and
    it was very, very good. Our lemons don’t have seeds and I love the pulp so didn’t need to sift them out. We also squeezed some of the lemon juice and placed them in ice cubes to freeze since there’s only 4 of us and I hate to waste them. Will use them in other recipes. Thank you!!

  13. Eren Mckay  

    @ Helen – I think your daughter will really like it. Every time I make it people are like – wow this is great!

    @ Lucy – So glad it was a hit on Memorial Day. That’s awesome. It must be great to be able to just go out in the back yard and pick lemons. Freezing is always a great way to not waste. Thanks for commenting 😀

    Blessings always,
    Eren

  14. Girish Chandran  

    Eren, So how many glasses did you actually make 😛

  15. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Girish,
    I make lemonade all the time actually – it helps me stay on my diet 😉

  16. Roger Hardin  

    Eren, I have an assignment to run a lemonade stand and want to use your recipe, but I need to know how many glasses it makes.

  17. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Roger,
    It’ll give you 3 to 4 cups of lemonade (depending on the size of the cup). Have fun with your lemonade stand 😉 .
    All the best,
    Eren

  18. Amy  

    I haven’t tried this yet, but my friends and I are having a lemonade stand and I came by this site. A lot of other sites said the same thing so i typed in Secret Lemonade Recipes and i found this (: It seems like the other people who commented enjoyed it alot, so I’ll give it a try. And I am a really big fan of healthy things, so i was wondering what healthy sweetener you used? Would Sucanat go great as the sweetener? Or should I leave that out and replace it with another sweetener?

  19. Amy  

    Also, i read from another website that you boil the water with the sweetener and cool it. Then you add the lemonade juice and ice. Appearantly that also made a dramatic difference? Do you think that that would taste better?

  20. Eren Mckay  

    Hi Amy!
    The healthiest sweetener to use is Stevia. However it tastes awful LOL!
    I don’t know about boiling sweetener.. doesn’t sound like a safe thing to do health wise. Definitely ask around about that – to doctors to find out if it’s ok.
    I’ve never boiled down anything.
    I just use this recipe as is. Has never let me down. Hope you enjoy!
    All the best,
    Eren

  21. Christine  

    My 2 cents on the sweetener…I’ve been making Eren’s recipe for a couple years now and we usually use the natural cane sugar crystals. This seems to give a richer flavor of sweetener than regular sugar. I imagine that sucanat would give a similar richness…just a bit stronger as it would have a bit higher molasses content than the natural crystals I use.

    I’ve shared this recipe with LOTS of folks and they love knowing that what I serve them is ALL-NATURAL, HEALTHY, and YUMMY, too! 😉

  22. Eren Mckay  

    Thanks for sharing Christine! Those are some great ideas.. will post them on the main article so everyone can see!

    Blessings,
    Eren

  23. Al  

    Liked the recipe. what is your thought on Agave as a sweetener as apposed to Stevia, Sucanat et al

  24. Eren Mckay  

    That’s a great idea! Agave is a healthy sweetener so definitely recommend it.
    All the best,
    Eren

  25. Bernie  

    This is an absolute winner. Not all of my peel blended, but I stuck to the 8 seconds pretty much. I used Xylotol as a sweetner. It made one large glass with left overs, which I tried to freeze, but it is so nice I topped up my glass. I will be sharing this recipe with family and friends. Thank you.

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