Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade Concentrate

"This recipe came from my ex-husbands great-grandmother. It is quite old and tastes great. My whole family absolutely loves it and it makes a LOT of concentrate! If you have troubles finding tartaric acid, I found it at a make your own wine store. The citric acid I find at a pharmacy."
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Ready In:
24hrs 30mins
11 cups




  • Mix all ingredients together well.
  • Pour boiling water over mixture.
  • Stir shortly.
  • Let stand overnight.
  • Strain mixture and then bottle.
  • When you wish to drink it, add the concentrate to water to taste.

Questions & Replies

  1. Could you provide a good ratio of concentrate to water? I'm just wondering how you prepare a glass of it to your preference. Fill to the top with ice? Thank you!
  2. what is the shelf life of the lemon concentrate


  1. I have been making this recipe for years, my Mom made it before that and my Grandmother before that! I can certainly vouch for this one and rate it 5 stars!!! It's very easy to make and tastes great. It sounds like a lot of sugar, but you need only a very small amount of this concentrate to make a great glass of lemonade. I try to use organic lemons and oranges as the rind does sit in the mixture overnight. (Who needs more pesticides intheir systems?) Tartaric acid can also be ordered in at your pharmacy. ETA: You can also use 3 lemons and 3 oranges for a little different taste. That version is our favourite.
  2. This is absolutely the best concentrate ever. I was give a very similar recipe from my childhood neighbor who made it every summer. The hardest part of this recipe is to find all the acids in one spot lol. Just waiting for the tartaric acid as writing this. Can't wait. Thanks for posting this recipe!
  3. This is excellent


<p>I have loved to bake things as long as I can remember. My father worked as a baker for a while before I was born and thus had a love for baking as well. I still remember the smells that would greet me some days when I came home from school. My mother is also a good baker and coming from Germany has many good cake recipes. My sister and I were always included in the baking process and, of course, were allowed to lick the beaters and the bowls upon completion. I attribute this early involvement in the process to my current love of making home baked goods.</p>
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