How to Make Lemonade

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  • 01 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 1 - Gather the Ingredients for the Lemonade

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    Ingredients for Homemade Lemonade. Stephanie Gallagher

    Once you learn how to make lemonade with these easy instructions, you'll never go back to store-bought lemonade again.

    The first step is gathering your ingredients for the lemonade recipe.

    You will need:

    • 1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
    • 6 cups cold water, divided
    • 5-8 lemons

    In addition, you will need:

    • a strainer
    • reamer (optional)
    • 1- or 2-cup liquid measuring cup
    • pitcher
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  • 02 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 2 - Make the Simple Syrup

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    The Simple Syrup for the Lemonade. Stephanie Gallagher
    Pour the sugar and 1 cup of the water into a saucepan. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and stir until all the sugar has dissolved.

    Now you have a simple syrup. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate while you juice the lemons.

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  • 03 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 3 - Prepare the Lemons

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    Roll the Lemons. Stephanie Gallagher
    Roll the lemons to warm them and get the juices flowing. Cut in half.
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  • 04 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 4 - Juice the Lemons

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    Juice the Lemons for the Lemonade. Stephanie Gallagher
    Place a strainer over a liquid measuring cup. I like to use a 2-cup liquid measuring cup because the strainer fits easily over it.

    Now juice the lemons over the strainer, allowing the liquid to flow into the measuring cup. Continue juicing until you have 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. You may need 5 lemons; you may need up to 8 lemons.

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  • 05 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 5 - Combine the Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup

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    Mix the Lemon Juice and Simple Syrup. Stephanie Gallagher
    Mix the refrigerated simple syrup and the remaining 5 cups of cold water. Add the fresh lemon juice. Mix well.
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  • 06 of 07

    How to Make Lemonade Step 6 - Enjoy Your Lemonade

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    Lemonade. Stephanie Gallagher
    Enjoy your lemonade! For variety, try garnishing with fresh mint, fresh lemon slices or a fresh strawberry.
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  • 07 of 07

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    Kids' drinks can be fun and colorful, but try to use natural sweeteners when possible. Natural fruits, especially in season, add great sweetness and flavor. The riper the fruit, the less sugar you will need to add, possibly none at all!