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Here's how to make a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade:

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  • 1 cup (200 grams) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (240 ml) hot water
  • 1 cup (240 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (around 3-4 lemons)
  • 2-3 cups (480-720 ml) cold water (to dilute, adjust based on your preference)
  • Ice cubes (to serve)
  • Optional: Lemon slices or sprigs of mint for garnish


  1. Make simple syrup: In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and hot water. Stir until the sugar dissolves completely. You can heat it over medium heat to expedite the process. Once dissolved, remove the simple syrup from heat and let it cool slightly.

  2. Squeeze the lemons: Wash and dry your lemons. Cut them in half and squeeze out the juice. Aim for about 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. You can use a manual citrus squeezer or an electric juicer for this step.

  3. Combine and dilute: In a pitcher, pour the cooled simple syrup and the freshly squeezed lemon juice. Stir well to combine. Then, add 2-3 cups of cold water, depending on your desired sweetness level. Taste and adjust the water or lemon juice to your preference for tartness or sweetness.

  4. Serve and enjoy: Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the lemonade over it. Garnish with lemon slices or mint sprigs (optional) and enjoy your refreshing homemade lemonade!


  • Use high-quality lemons: For the best flavor, choose fresh, ripe lemons. They will yield more juice and have a brighter taste.
  • Adjust sweetness: The amount of sugar can be adjusted to your liking. If you prefer a less sweet lemonade, start with ¾ cup of sugar and add more to taste.
  • Straining (optional): If you prefer a smoother lemonade, you can strain the mixture after squeezing the lemons to remove any pulp or seeds.
  • Sparkling twist: For a bubbly twist, you can add some chilled sparkling water or club soda to your lemonade.

With these simple steps and variations, you can make a delicious homemade lemonade that's perfect for quenching your thirst on a hot day!

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