Easy Old Fashioned Lemonade is a southern classic using only three ingredients – water, sugar, and lemons. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, and provides a cool, refreshing escape from summer’s heat.
Making the Easy Old Fashioned Lemonade:
Today is actually the first day of autumn, but you wouldn’t know it with the 90+ degree weather outside. Interestingly, a lot of the lemons my Meyer Lemon tree have started to ripen. What better way to use them than with this delicious lemonade!
I started by juicing about 9 lemons. It’s important that the lemons be at room temperature to maximize the amount of juice. Then, I brought some sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan to make a simple syrup.
I let the syrup cool for about an hour. Then, I added the lemon juice and syrup to the rest of the water, and gave the mixture a stir.
That’s it! Easy Old Fashioned Lemonade bursting with the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness. Yum!
- 8 cups water 64 ounces, divided
- 1 1/2 cups (10.5 ounces, 298 grams) granulated sugar*
- 1 3/4 cups (14 ounces) freshly squeezed lemon juice, 8 to 10 lemons
- Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of water and sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; allow to cool for 30 minutes.
- Combine remaining 7 cups of water with lemon juice and simple syrup. Stir.
- Yield: 11 cups.
*Use Splenda in place of granulated sugar for a sugar-free lemonade.