Perfect lemonade

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Every warm summer day needs a tall glass of this perfect lemonade. As it’s name denotes, it is perfect. It is cool and refreshing, and with a few simple steps, it can be sitting on your table soon.

milk glasses filled with lemonade and fresh lemon slices

Simple syrup

For me, every lemonade absolutely has to start with a simple syrup. Yes, you can just mix the lemon juice, water and sugar together, but the sugar will never dissolve and it will be gritty in your drink. So, let’s do this right. Mix you water and granulated sugar in a thick bottom pan.

I am still in love with this Cuisinart pan I got for my wedding 17 years ago. I couldn’t find my exact pan on Amazon, I generally buy them at TJ Maxx or Marshalls.

Bring the mixture to a low boil over medium heat. When your sugar has dissolved, you are good. Set aside to cool.

pouring water into saucepan from turquoise measuring cup

Now, hopefully you are smarter than me and own a juicer. If not, you will get a great arm workout. Your forearms will look swoll by the time your done squeezing that cup of lemon juice.

lemons cut in half and squeezed on counter top.

Putting together the perfect lemonade

Next, mix your lemon juice with your simple syrup. From here, add as much water as you have a preference for. I don’t like mine super strong, so I usually water down a bit more than the average person.

woman pouring lemonade from glass container into milk glasses with fresh lemons

Choose your favorite glass, throw in some ice cubes and grab a seat on the front porch.

woman filling milk glasses with lemonade

You can easily make the simple syrup ahead of time. Make it up, cool and place in the fridge for up to 5 days without any issues. When you are ready, pull it out, mix in the lemon juice, water and ice. So simple!

perfect lemonade in milk glasses

If you are looking for another drink option, what about this rhubarb lemonade? Oh, it is so good too. I promise, you won’t be disappointed!

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perfect lemonade

This lemonade will certainly live up to it's name- perfect. It is the best drink on a hot summer day!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon drinks, lemonade, lemonade ideas, lemonade recipes, lemonade with simple syrup, perfect lemonade
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Amy- a Red Spatula


  • sauce pan, strainer


  • 1 cup water for simple syrup
  • 1 cup granulated syrup
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice


  • Add water and sugar to sauce pan. It is best if this is a thick bottomed saucepan. Turn heat to medium and mix well. Allow to heat until sugar is dissolved. Mine took about 5 minutes or so, this will depend on the temp of your cook top. Once the sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool.
    Once it has cooled slightly, mix in the lemon juice.
    Now this is your lemon simple syrup. To this you will add in your ice water to make the lemonade.
    I use about 1/2 cup simple syrup to 2 cups ice water. This will depend on your preference, so test and see what you like.
    Now, pull up your rocking chair on the front porch and have a seat. Enjoy your lemonade and let the world pass you by, you certainly deserve it!

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