Fresh Summer Lemonade

It’s swelteringly hot in Virginia right now (though I’m sure those from the Southwest would find that laughable) and I needed something to cool myself off.  Since I always have a bag of lemons in the fridge, I decided to make lemonade today. I’ve made this several times now and it is my favorite drink to have on days like today.  If I’m feeling fancy I’ll add some mint, basil or even lavender to my glass for an herbal twist on the classic drink.  If it’s cocktail time: vodka or gin.

I make this right in the pitcher with a small sieve balanced over the opening to catch any seeds. The amount of sugar you can use varies–from 1/2 cup to 1 cup.  1/2 cup gives you a tart drink, 1 cup will give you a drink a little more on the sweet side. I tend to like it tart, but when I have guests I will always have a small container of simple syrup available so people can make it as sweet as they like.  Personally, I think 3/4 cup is perfect

 Fresh Lemonade


  • 6 lemons
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar


  1. Juice the lemons into a pitcher
  2. Add 6 cups of cold water
  3. Add sugar and stir well to dissolve.
  4. Serve over ice with a few mint leaves, basil leaves or lavender (or just enjoy it plain)

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Categories: Drinks, Recipes


A former English teacher living in Stuttgart, Germany who finds some sanity and peace through cooking.


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One Comment on “Fresh Summer Lemonade”

  1. July 18, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    Simple but heavenly in this weather. 🙂

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