Old-Fashioned Lemonade

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by Lainey39

This basic recipe from Fred Thompson's cookbook, "Lemonade," starts with a simple syrup that can be made ahead and refrigerated up to a month. Having some on hand speeds up the process of making fresh lemonade.

Top Review by AaliyahsAaronsMum

This is a fantastic lemonade recipe! I was a bit skeptical, I have to admit, with the 2 lemon zests in the sugar syrup, thought it would be overpowering but I was wrong! The sugar syrup was perfect, it had the right amount of sweetness and zestiness (is that a word?!). The only thing I did different was I added in chilled club soda instead of water. Thank you, Lainey6605, for sharing this wonderful recipe, definitely a keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. To make the sugar syrup, in a medium saucepan combine the zest, sugar and water.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
  3. Remove from the heat, cover and let steep for 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer the syrup to a 2-quart pitcher.
  5. Let cool.
  6. Add the lemon juice, chopped lemon rinds and cold water.
  7. Stir well to combine.
  8. Chill until very cold.
  9. Serve over ice.

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