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Pitcher of lemonade with a glass

The BEST Lemonade EVER

My family agrees. This is the best lemonade we've ever had.
4.51 from 121 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Resting Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 15 mins
Course beverages, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 1332 kcal


  • vegetable peeler
  • large pitcher


  • 6 lemons thoroughly washed
  • 1-1¼ C. granulated sugar I prefer using 1 cup of sugar.
  • 4 C. boiling water
  • 1 C. ice plus extra to serve


  • Thoroughly wash and dry the outsides of the lemons.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, gently peel the zest of the lemons into a large bowl. Try to avoid the bitter white pith beneath the zest.
  • Set the peeled lemons aside.
  • Pour the sugar over the lemon peels. Stir well and cover and let the mixture rest at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • The lemon and sugar mixture should look wet at this point. Pour 4 cups of boiling water over the sugar and lemon peel mixture. Stir to dissolve all of the sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Strain out the peels from the lemon syrup.
  • To the warm syrup at 1 cup of ice.
  • Squeeze the juice of all of the lemons (approximately 1 cup of juice) and add it to the now room temperature syrup.
  • Chill the lemonade for a couple of hours and serve over plenty of ice.


This recipe is adapted from Chef John's at Food Wishes.
I have made this recipe several times now and prefer is with just 1 cup of sugar. It's still plenty sweet, but less sugar allows the lemon to shine through. 


Calories: 1332kcalCarbohydrates: 356gProtein: 7gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 75mgPotassium: 900mgFiber: 18gSugar: 311gVitamin A: 143IUVitamin C: 343mgCalcium: 207mgIron: 4mg
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