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Old Fashioned Lemonade


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Old Fashioned Lemonade


  • Ready Time : 0 min



  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups lemon juice (6-7 lemons)
  • freshly grated rind of one medium lemon
  • ice cubes
  • cold water or seltzer (or club soda)


Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil over high heat. Boil the liquid 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and rind. Refrigerate for at least one hour or until very cold. Strain the mixture into a storage container. When you want some lemonade, place 5-6 ice cubes in a drinking glass. Fill the glass about 1/3 full with the lemon syrup, add water or seltzer (or liquid of choice) to the top of the glass, stir and drink.

Note: You may make a pitcher full of lemonade instead of serving the beverage individually. Place the cooled, strained syrup in a pitcher half filled with ice cubes. Add water or club soda to the top. You may garnish the beverage with sliced lemons and/or mint sprigs.

About Ronnie Fein


Ronnie Fein has been a freelance food and lifestyle writer since 1980. She has her own food blog, called Kitchen Vignettes. Ronnie is the author of Hip Kosher and operates the Ronnie Fein School of Creative Cooking in Stamford, Connecticut, where she lives with her husband. She has two married daughters and four grandchildren.




2 Responses to Old Fashioned Lemonade

  1. avatar says: cynthia s

    Thanks Ronnie, I always wanted to make my own…can we cut the sugar? I prefer cutting the sugar to adding splenda- how to make this less sugary?

    • Yes — you can use less sugar. I always do, and in fact use more lemon too. This is more a recipe for what most people prefer. In our family we love SOUR. I don’t use splenda or any artificial sugar so I can’t advise you about that.

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