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Quick and Easy Homemade Lemonade

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



I love lemons. There is no doubt about that. But my reasoning is probably different than most people. I love lemons because of their alkalizing properties. While lemon is acidic, when it is digested, it leaves an alkaline ash. So whenever I have a new client, the first thing I tell them to change about their liquid intake is adding lemon or another type of citrus.

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. Originally when I wrote this article, I switched to using Stevia and was pleased with the taste. But now I am mostly back to honey or fresh organic stevia from the farm.

Making Lemonade by the Glass


  • Half a lemon
  • Stevia (or sweetener of choice) 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.
Ingredients for lemonade

Ingredients for lemonade

Making Lemonade by the Container


  • 3 lemons for 64 oz. container
  • Stevia (or sweetener of choice) 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. Only use slightly heated water, as temperatures too high can make your honey turn toxic.
  • 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.

© 2011 Stephanie Bradberry


Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on May 21, 2019:

You are welcome, Robert!

Robert Sacchi on May 20, 2019:

Thank you for posting.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on May 20, 2019:

Hello Robert,

You are welcome. I hope you make lots and lots of lemonade. Thanks for reading!

Robert Sacchi on May 19, 2019:

Thank you for these lemonade instructions.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on July 22, 2015:

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!

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on July 22, 2015:

Hi MarleneB,

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

The Examiner-1 on July 21, 2015:

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.


Marlene Bertrand from USA on July 21, 2015:

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

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on January 02, 2015:

Hi Jonathan,

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

Jonathan Craig on January 01, 2015:

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


Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on October 13, 2012:

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.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 13, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on February 22, 2012:

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.

Kim Lam from California on February 21, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on January 03, 2012:

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

cr00059n on January 02, 2012:

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.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on December 22, 2011:

katrinasui, of course I agree wholeheartedly!

katrinasui on December 21, 2011:

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

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on December 20, 2011:

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.

Stephanie Bradberry (author) from New Jersey on December 20, 2011:

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

BkCreative from Brooklyn, New York City on December 20, 2011:

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!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN USA on December 20, 2011:

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.

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