How-To Make Homemade Lemonade

Homemade lemonade is one of my favorite things to make in the summertime. Especially since I live in California where I am spoiled by lemon trees growing in our front yard. For a pink lemonade recipe try my Watermelon Lemonade another fantastic summertime treat! 

Bottle of Homemade Lemonade with Gift Card Attached

Makes a Great Hostess Gift

This is a wonderful idea for a summer hostess gift and just a little bit more fun than the standard bottle of wine. Before you head to the party, place a sprig of mint at the top of the bottle.

adding sprig of mint to a bottle of lemonade

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Step#1: Use Fresh Lemons

Making homemade lemonade is really a simple process of just four ingredients fresh Lemons Juice, Water, Agave Syrup, and fresh mint. The lemons must be freshly squeezed! This is not the time for bottled juice. 

Fresh lemons in a basket with a sieve and a pyrex pitcher

Step#2: Squeeze the Lemon Juice

Squeezing all these lemons is the most tedious part of the recipe. It helps if you have a fine-mesh strainer to catch the pits or a lemon squeezer. 

Squeezing lemons over seive and pyrex pitcher

A Pyrex Pitcher Helps To Measure

The 4-cup Pyrex pitcher is also great to know how far off you are from reaching your goal of 1 ½ cups of juice! 

Straining lemon juice into a large Pyrex pitcher

Step#3: Add the Water

Homemade lemonade is as simple as squeezing fresh lemons, adding water, and then adding sweetener. I like to use Agave Syrup since it easily dissolves and is a bit healthier than refined processed sugar.

adding water to pitcher of lemon juice

Substitute Agave Syrup for Sugar

  • If you don't have agave syrup, you can use regular sugar just increase the quantity to ¼ cup of sugar. This is a great recipe for kids and grown-ups!
  • If serving it for a party, keep the lemonade in the bottles and offer some vodka or gin on the side if the grown-ups want to "spike" their lemonade! 

adding agave syrup to lemon juice

Bottle the Lemonade for Gifting

To present your lemonade for gifting, pour it into a decorative bottle, and attach a summery gift card to it. 

pouring lemonade into a decorative French bottle

Make Your Own Gift Card

Before the season begins, I like to stock up on card stock and a few whimsical stamps, and that way I always have a card to attach! 

gift card with strawberry plant stamp image

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Homemade Lemonade ina Bottle

How-To Make Homemade Lemonade

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Homemade lemonade is a delicious and refreshing summer drink idea! Package it up and it also makes a thoughtful hostess gift too!


  • 1 ½ cups (350 ml)of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups (700 ml) of water
  • 3 tablespoon (45 ml) agave nectar
  • 1 sprig fresh mint.


  1. Squeeze lemons into a sieve placed over a bowl and sieve. The sieve will catch the pits.
  2. Mix in agave nectar, and water. Stir to combine. Transfer into a decanter or decorative bottle. Garnish with fresh mint.


I like to use Agave Syrup since it easily dissolves and is a bit healthier than refined processed sugar. If you don't have agave syrup, you can use regular sugar just increase the quantity to ¼ cup of sugar. 

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

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