Quick and Easy Homemade Lemonade

Updated on December 14, 2017
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Stephanie Bradberry is an educator herbalist, naturopath, and energy healer. She loves being a freelance writer and whipping up recipes.

My homemade lemonade
My homemade lemonade | Source

A great way to save money on drinks is to make them yourself. Of course, there are many benefits to doing so:

  • Control the amount and type of sugar
  • Customize flavor
  • Avoid additives
  • Eliminate processing
  • No artificial coloring
  • No artificial flavors
  • No preservatives
  • Very cost-effective
  • Easy to make

I started making more and more homemade lemonade after an acupuncturist told me I needed to cut out my favorite fruit drink. The only other thing I drank besides my fruit juice was caffeine free tea every now and then, no coffee or soda. And I thought drinking fruit juices was a good decision. I was very wrong. Even though I was drinking a Cranberry Strawberry blend from OceanSpray and cutting it with water every time I drank, apparently it was not a good choice. The acupuncturist made it clear: everyone should only drink natural spring water or water with lemon. Herbal and similar teas were fine too.

So, I started making a drink that I usually reserved for summertime, homemade lemonade. This is my compromise and deviation from drinking straight water all the time. I used to make this with white sugar until I decided I wanted a better option. I soon moved to using honey. But honey is still a simple sugar. Now I use Stevia and am pleased with the taste.

Ingredients for lemonade
Ingredients for lemonade | Source

Making Lemonade by the Glass


  • Half a lemon
  • Stevia to taste
  • Water


  1. Cut the lemon in half.
  2. Remove seeds.
  3. Cut a small slit in side of lemon for juice to run down more controlled when squeezed.
  4. Squeeze out juice of lemon right into the glass with the slit side down.
  5. Add 1 teaspoon of Stevia (or sweetener of choice) to glass.
  6. Add water to desired level.
  7. Stir and enjoy.

Making Lemonade by the Container


  • 3 lemons for 64 oz. container
  • Stevia to taste
  • Water


  1. Cut all the lemon in half.
  2. Remove seeds.
  3. Use a lemon reamer, juicer, or fork to collect juice in a measuring cup (this makes for easier transfer).
  4. Pour the juice into the container. The spout of the measuring cup makes this easy.
  5. Add 1-2 tablespoons of Stevia (or sweetener of choice).
  6. Add water to container.
  7. Shake to combine if your container has a lid or stir if it does not.


  • If you use honey, I suggest you use some heated water to help dissolve the honey before adding all the water or else it will be really hard to get it to mix.
  • Stevia is a lot sweeter than regular sugar, up to 300 times sweeter. So a little goes a long way. Start with a little and adjust as needed.
  • If you use regular sugar, I suggest using a funnel, like a funneled measuring cup to help get the sugar in the container with no mess.


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      Stephanie Bradberry 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Kevin,

      I am split on if by the container or glass is better. Of course by the container is much more convenient. But for those who love that true fresh squeezed that moment, nothing is better then cutting a slice, squeezing and sipping. Thanks for reading!

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      Stephanie Bradberry 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi MarleneB,

      Thanks for reading. I love playing around with natural sweeteners for my lemonade. Or sometimes I drink it with no sweetener.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      By the container is better. I read that it is better to have lemonade instead of OJ for breakfast. So you have it for the glass and every morning.


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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from USA

      These are excellent, easy to follow instructions. Making lemonade by the glass is something I enjoy. I like your tip about the honey.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Jonathan,

      I am glad you now feel inspired to make your own. Have fun!!!

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      Jonathan Craig 3 years ago

      I've tried True Lemonade with stevia, now it's time to make my own!


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      Stephanie Bradberry 5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hello rajan jolly. I sued to start every morning with warm water, lemon and honey. Then I got a little lazy and opted for my tea first thing in the morning. But I still love my lemonade throughout the day. Thanks for reading.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lemon water with honey is my first morning drink. I use room temperature water. It is a great cleanser as well as the honey gives an energy boost.

      Thanks for sharing. Voted up, useful.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      I love lemons. I used to eat them like an orange growing up. I don't do that anymore. Sometimes I have straight lemon water, but more often than not I add some sort of sweetener like honey or Stevia. Thanks for the tip about hot water. Every now and then I do actually heat my lemonade up because my acupuncturist said cold drinks aren't good for me.

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      Kim Lam 6 years ago from California

      Mmmmm...lemons. Drinking water with fresh squeezed organic lemon has been my daily morning ritual for a very long time. I just take it as a shot , straight up. Lemons are a natural detoxer! There are so many enzymes in one lemon...just make sure you don't put it in hot water as heat can kill most of those enzymes. Thanks Stephanie for a good read.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Thanks cr00059n. I agree that lemonade is great for summer or winter. And it doesn't hurt to get the extra vitamin C!

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      cr00059n 6 years ago

      What a great way to enjoy the summer heat and the winter cold. Lemonade really boosts one's immune system with Vitamin C. Thanks for the nice post.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      katrinasui, of course I agree wholeheartedly!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      I like lemonade. You can easily make it within 2 minutes. It is a wonderful drink.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      BkCreative, it's great you have someone to share so much lemonade with. I did read about the arsenic. It goes to show you never know what can be put into things, consciously or not. It was really sad to see how many children's drinks were impacted.

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi JimmieWriter, now that sounds good! I do the same thing, but I don't even wait for the sniffles.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know the last couple days I made fresh lemonade and it was so very, very good. I too, often think of it as a summer drink but here in December it was so perfect, so crisp, so cold, so tart yet sweet.

      So now I have to get some more lemons later and invite a friend over so we can ooh and ahh over fresh lemonade.

      And good for your acupuncturist. You've probably read recently that many packaged fruit juices contain high amounts of arsenic. Our industrialized food supply is not at all monitored for our benefit. Time to take control of our health.

      Enjoy your lemonade. I'll think of you as I have a perfect glass later. Mmmmmm.

      Rated up!

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      I always keep lemons or limes on hand. At the first sign of sniffles or sore throat, I make a hot lemonade drink with freshly squeezed lemons and local honey. Yum. And so soothing.