Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 8 mins

This is a simple and wonderful recipe! Use to make drinks, add to cakes, or make Lemon Mint Spritzers and Lemon Royales! Adapted from Food & Wine magazine(2002)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the 1 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Pour the syrup into a heatproof bowl and let cool to room temperature, then stir in 1 1/2 cups of fresh lemon juice.
  3. You may make ahead, the syrup keeps indefinitely.
Most Helpful

So easy, so tasty. Used six lemons and found that it was not enough. Since I had no more lemons left I used two limes and that made the 1 1/2 cup needed.
Refreshing drink, not too sweet which is a big plus. Good to have on hand in the fridge.
Thanks for posting.

Chef Dudo April 23, 2011

I love to keep sugar syrups around in the summer to use for drinks, and I can't wait to hunt down some new drinks to try with this! The lemon is a nice addition to the usual simple syrup. Thanks for posting!

Muffin Goddess June 28, 2007

So good and refreshing! This is fantastic. I simply diluted it with water and drank 'er down! Wow. I wasn't able to use fresh juice for this. And then it turned out that I only had 1 cup of lemon juice left so I used lime juice for the other 1/2 cup. Perfect. I loved it! This is going to be great to experiment with this summer! Thanks! Made for ZWT-3.

Saturn June 13, 2007