Variations on a Lemonade

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins

From Real Simple (August 2005). Start with the classic recipe, then try any of the variations for that extra zip!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Classic Lemonade

  • 1 12 cups lemon juice, freshly squeezed (from about 12 lemons)
  • 12 cup sugar
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • lemon slice, to garnish
  • ice
  • Tropical Lemonade

  • 2 (6 ounce) cans pineapple juice
  • 1 (12 ounce) can apricot nectar
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans ginger ale
  • Farmers Lemonade

  • 1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, stemmed and pureed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Ginger Zinger

  • 3 inches fresh gingerroot, peeled and grated
  • 14 cup honey
  • Lemon-Mint Cooler

  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans club soda


  1. Place lemon juice, sugar, and 1 cup water in a large pitcher.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then add 5 more cups water, a few slices of lemon to garnish, and plenty of ice.
  3. Before you sip, try any of the variations.


Most Helpful

I made a half batch of the classic and it was too watery and not sweet enough for my taste. I had planned on making it into the tropical version anyway so added half of each of those ingredients as well (but only had 5.5 oz apricot nectar, not 6oz). Still not sweet enough so added another 1/4 cup sugar and quite enjoyed it at that point. Thanks for sharing!

flower7 May 08, 2014

This is a good lemonade recipe but a little too tart for me. I had to add 2 more T of sugar to make it the right amount of sweetness. Made for PAC Spring 2008

Lavender Lynn April 26, 2008

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