Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 0 mins

This is one of the first recipes that I added to my first recipe file that was my very own, back when I was in junior high school. I have used this recipe ever since whenever I want to make that classic summertime necessity....lemonade. And it has never failed me yet.


  1. To get the most juice, let lemons stand at room temperature (or microwave lemons on High for just a few seconds before squeezing them). Then roll the lemons on a counter while pushing down firmly (to break the tissues inside) to release more juice.
  2. Mix water, lemon juice, and sugar in a large pitcher until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  4. Pour lemonade over ice cubes in a tall glass. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry.
  5. NOTE - Individual tastes for sweetness vary, so feel free to adjust the sugar to suit taste preferences.
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5 5

What drink sounds good on a cold Fall night? A big glass of ice cold lemonade! That's what my son wanted anyway so this recipe hit the spot. I made this exactly as listed, using lots of fresh lemons. He did add a bit more sugar but that's the only change. You get a big 5 stars from my boy! Made for my adopted chef for PAC 2011. Thanks NorthwestGal!

5 5

I scaled this down to one cup using ReaLemon and didn't chill it. It was surprisingly good and seems like a simple go-to recipe for just about any occasion. Very simple, and good. Thanks!

5 5

Delicious like another reviewer I love the tart not too sweet flavor. I cut this back to one serving and that used 1 fresh lemon. I would definitely make this again during the summer months. Made for Please Review My Recipe Tag Game.