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

5 5

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.

5 5

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!

5 5

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.