Classic Lemonade Classic Lemonade

Image: Jeff Coulson

Tart and tangy, this is the essential summertime drink. For a sparkling version, use soda water instead of water.

  • Prep time 15 minutes
  • Total time 1 hour
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine



Scrub lemons; rinse and dry. In large heatproof bowl and working with 1 lemon at a time, rub vigorously with about one-third of the sugar.

Halve and squeeze lemons to make about 1-1/2 cups (375 mL) juice; pour juice onto sugar. Add remaining sugar and squeezed lemon shells.

Cover with boiling water, stirring to dissolve; let cool. Strain through cheesecloth-lined sieve, pressing out liquid. Let syrup cool. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 1 week.)

In serving pitcher, combine syrup with 2 cups (500 mL) water; stir in ice cubes. Garnish with lemon.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Nutritional facts Per each of 10 servings: about

  • Sodium 3 mg
  • Calories 87.0
  • Total fat 0 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • Saturated fat 0 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g


  • Folate 2.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin C 27.0
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