When life gives you lemons... make lemonade! You'll need quite a few for this refreshing summer quencher, so stock up. It's worth it!

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  • Prep Time: 20 m
  • Total Time: 20 m
  • Servings:


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 lemons about 1 cup of juice + 1 lemon for garnish
  • 3 cups water still or sparkling (about 750ml bottle)
Optional ingredients:
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1 orange
  • ½ cup fresh raspberries crushed
  • 3 sprigs of mint slapped between your hands to bruise the leaves.
  • 16 ounces wheat beer


  1. Make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan. Bring this to a simmer to dissolve the sugar and then cool completely.
  2. Juice the lemons, removing all seeds and pulp. Add the 3 cups of water (still or sparkling) to the lemon juice and then add the simple syrup to taste, depending on how sweet you would like the lemonade. I like to start at ½ cup. (If you are mixing this with beer for a summer shandy, go a little sweeter and add ¾ cup.)
  3. Pour over ice and enjoy.
  4. As an option, you can also add the juice of one grapefruit, one orange, some raspberries, or a combination of them all. And almost any version of lemonade is delicious with some bruised mint leaves.
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this simple and delicious lemonade. Thoroughly enjoying it and extra special on this 4th of July holiday time. Learning a lot from you chef and I’m a great grandma good cook! Consider you my friend in the kitchen. 😊

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