How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Naturally refreshing! The tart bite of fresh squeezed lemons is balanced with the sweetness of Truvia® natural sweetener to quench your summertime thirst. This beverage has only 5 calories per serving*.


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  • 1 ¾ cups chilled water
  • 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon Truvia® natural sweetener spoonable, plus
  • ½ teaspoon Truvia® natural sweetener spoonable**
  • Step 1

Combine ingredients and stir to dissolve.

Garnish rim of glass with fresh lemon slices or a strawberry, if desired. Serve over ice.

** or 4 packets Truvia(R) natural sweetener.

Note: 1 large lemon yields about 4 tablespoons juice; best if squeezed at room temperature.

Refrigerated 100% lemon juice from concentrate may be substituted for fresh squeezed lemon juice for great lemon flavor with a little less tartness.

Use chilled club soda instead of water to make sparkling lemonade.

*This lemonade has 5 calories and 1 gram of sugar (from the lemon juice) per serving compared to 120 calories and 29 grams of sugar per serving in sugar-sweetened lemonade.

Nutrition Facts per serving:
Calories 5; Total Fat, 0g; Saturated Fat, 0g; Trans Fat, 0g; Cholesterol, 0mg; Sodium, 0mg; Total Carbohydrate, 9g; Dietary Fiber, 0g; Sugars, 1g; Erythritol, 7g: Protein, 0g; Vitamin A, 0% DV; Vitamin C, 25% DV; Calcium, 0% DV; Iron, 0% DV.

Wondering how to juice a lemon so that you get every last drop? Here are 10 tried-and-true tricks for maximizing the amount of juice you're able to get out of citrus fruit—no juicer required.

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1. Choose a Heavy, Soft Lemon

Getting the most juice from a lemon begins at the supermarket. When you choose your lemon (or any citrus fruit), look for one that is a bit soft—not squishy, but tender to the touch, indicating the fruit is already juicy. Also, note the weight of the lemon—if you grab two lemons of the exact same size, the one that is heavier will have more juice inside. Typically, Meyer lemons have the most juice. Fino, lapithkiotiki, and primofiori lemons are also juicy varieties.

2. Store Your Lemons in the Freezer

When you freeze citrus, the juice will expand and break the cell walls, making the thawed lemon softer and thus easier to squeeze.

3. Microwave the Lemon

If you keep citrus in the fridge, it may harden up and be a little more difficult to squeeze by hand. Throwing a lemon or lime in the microwave for 20 seconds warms the fruit, making it softer and easier to squeeze. If the citrus is frozen, microwave it for 30 seconds.

4. Loosen the Lemon with a Rolling Pin

On your counter or a cutting board, press and roll the citrus back and forth like you would with a rolling pin. The rolling loosens and breaks down some of the citrus membranes and makes the outside a little more pliable (see: easy to squeeze).

5. Stab the Lemon Repeatedly with a Knife

Sounds a little psycho, but stabbing your citrus all over with a knife before squeezing may help you extract more juice. Because when you stab your fruit first, then halve it and squeeze like normal, the formerly impenetrable peel will suddenly be full of holes that juice can escape through.

6. And/Or Peel the Lemon

You thought jabbing was intense? Try completely peeling your fruit, then squeezing it. Yes, this can get messy (wear gloves, and squeeze over a strainer to catch bits of fruit), but with no peel to keep everything intact, you'll have citrus juice for days.

7. Cut Across the Length of the Lemon Rather Than the Width

If you go the less messy route and keep the peel intact, pay attention to how you cut the fruit. When you cut your lemon, cut across the length of the lemon rather than the width to yield slightly more juice.

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8. Fork the Lemon

A citrus reamer works well for juicing lemons, but it's one of those tools that not every kitchen has. Fortunately, it can easily be replaced with something a little more universally available, like a fork. The tines on the fork can puncture the citrus membranes, while the bent shape can work with the curve of the fruit. After slicing the fruit in half, do an initial squeeze to extract a little juice, then stick the fork in and twist while continuing to squeeze to extract the last drops. Do this over a strainer to keep seeds and pulp at bay.

9. Use a Hand-Held Juice Press (the Right Way)

Obviously, a handheld juice press (also known as a Mexican citrus press) has one function: to juice citrus fruit. But there's a right way and a wrong way to use a handheld press. Here's the best way to do it: After cutting your lemon in half length-wise, take the extra step of cutting the pointed ends off the lemon. With less skin and material in its way, you'll be able press out more juice. Furthermore, when you insert the lemon into the device, the skin side should be facing you and the cut side should be facing down toward the holes. From there, just press and voilà!

10. Alternatively, Repurpose Your Mixer Beater

Don't have a juice press on hand? That's okay. Here's another creative solution for how to juice a lemon without a juicer: repurpose the beater from your handheld mixer. Stick the head of the beater in fruit, press it in, and then twist the beater back and forth to bring out the juice. As with a fork, you can do this over a strainer to keep seeds out of your juice.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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Other than salt, citrus juice is one of the most important seasonings a cook can have on hand. A little lemon juice can send eggs (yes, eggs) over the top, and give mashed potatoes (yes, mashed potatoes) a world of depth. It even can spice up grilled cheese, tomato soup and eggplant. Check out these tips for expanding your use of citrus juice when cooking:

By Life Tastes Good
Published 07/20/2014


  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
  • water
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice – you’ll need about 8 to 10 lemons. I use a Citrus Press for best results
  • ice


  1. Put 1 1/2 cups sugar and 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest into a large jar (at least 1 quart) with a tight fitting lid. Add 1 1/2 cups very hot water and secure lid. Shake jar until sugar dissolves.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice and put lid back on tightly. Refrigerate until chilled and ready to use.
  3. When ready to serve, you can make a pitcher full of lemonade by pouring 2 cups lemon syrup into a pitcher and adding at least 4 cups cold water. Give it a taste and add more water to your liking.
  4. For single servings, pour 1/4 cup lemon syrup into an 8 ounce or larger glass and add at least a 1/2 cup of cold water. Add more water as desired. I like mine tart, so the measurements given should yield a lemonade that will make you pucker up! Enjoy!


Awesome tip for making it easier to make lemonade, especially if you have to travel with it to a bar-b-q! I would love it if you would swing by my recipe link party this week and share this with us! You can find us after Tuesday evening at 8pm ET on my site – Hot Momma's Kitchen Chaos! HUGS

We love homemade lemonade. It taste so much better. Great recipe.

Ohhhh, I love lemonade and homemade is the best!!

Great idea to make the syrup for lemonade so that you can make it to your liking! Looks great!

There is nothing like fresh lemonade in the summer! If you like lemonade – the Lemonade Cookbook has a bunch of great interesting combinations. It's a ritual of mine when we are in LA to visit Lemonade and try their new combos out.

Love homemade lemonade and yours looks so good, the perfect summer drink!!

Nothing beats fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day!

There is nothing better than fresh lemonade in the summer!

So refreshing. Love the idea of using lemon zest! thanks Marion. Pinned

What an awesome BBQ beverage! I just realized I've never made fresh-squeezed lemonade before (only that packaged powdered stuff).

Marion, it's so nice to meet you at your actual blog finally, phew! I love this tutorial–my mom is the queen of lemonade in our household and we choose to use honey rather than sugar, but this sounds SO refreshing right about now. You've got the summer BBQ theme right on the nail–awesome choice!

What a marvelous tutorial, Marion! Great to see you again this weekend. xo

There is nothing better than a glass of homemade lemonade on a hot day!

I love that each person can adjust to their personal taste. Those concentrated frozen juices are too sweet, and you are right, homemade lemonade is outstanding!

I love that this can be served according to taste! It looks great too!

This would be so refreshing on a hot summer day. Pour me a glass please!

Fresh lemonade is the only way to go in my opinion. Been ages since I made some and since it is really hot I think I should make a batch tomorrow.

There's nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day!

I like the idea of the lemon syrup! Nothing tastes as good as fresh squeezed lemonade on a hot summer day!

Oh you just made me want to drive to the store and get everything I need to make your lemonade!! So pretty and refreshing 🙂

Fresh lemonade has got to be the best drink ever on a hot day!!

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How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade will knock your socks off and you’ll never go back to store bought again! It really is a total game changer and with a really good citrus squeezer you’ll be able to make a batch in next to no time!

There’s really no comparison between homemade lemonade and using the powdered mix stuff or even the nicer lemonade from the chiller section.

My recipe for Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is very quick to make and involves making a simple syrup and squeezing some lemon juice and that’s about it!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How to Make Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

This is such an easy recipe and there’s nothing like good old fashioned home made lemonade to brighten your day!

This recipe is best made with real lemons rather than the buying bottled lemon juice.

Step 1 – Add the the sugar into a heat proof jug and add the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves.

If you don’t have a heat proof jug, then just add it to a pan and you can put it in the jug to serve when it cools down.

Step 2 – Now add some cold water and/or ice cubes to dilute it and cool it down.

Step 3 – Next, add the freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Step 4 – Now you need to taste it to see if it’s to your liking, some people like it a little tart, and others like it very sweet. You can dilute it with a little more water, or add more lemon juice and sugar to taste.

Step 5 – It’s best served cold over a little ice, though I don’t like too much ice as it just dilutes it even more, enjoy!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

How many glasses of Fresh Squeezed Lemonade will this recipe make?

The amount in my recipe will make about four glasses of lemonade, so you can adjust it up from there if you need to.

You can easily double or triple the recipe, that will work well too.

One thing that I’ve found makes prepping larger batches of lemonade so much easier and faster is using a small inexpensive electric juicer.

It can squeeze a big bag of lemons in next to no time and it’s a pretty small gadget so it doesn’t take up a ton of storage space in your kitchen, plus it’s a million times easier to clean than my big juicer.

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How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Storing Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

You will need to store your Fresh Squeezed Lemonade in the fridge if you are making it ahead of time, and of course it’s best served chilled.

And if you really, really, can’t be bothered to squeeze lemons by hand you could compromise and use bottled lemon juice.

Bottled lemon juice will make lemonade that is still better than the off the shelf variety, but nothing beats using freshly squeezed lemons!

Kitchen Items used to Make Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

Electric Citrus Juicer – this is a super little tool which will makes squeezing a big bag of lemons a breeze!

Glass Pitcher – This one has a lid to keep the bugs out!

Coconut Sugar – want to make this a little healthier? You can use coconut sugar instead. The color of the lemonade will be different though, but still taste great!

Star Wars Ice Cube Tray – ok, not needed for Lemonade, but my boys love these fun ice cubes!!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

If you have ever been to an amusement park, county fair, or state fair, you may already know how popular fresh-squeezed lemonade is.

Furthermore, if you have enjoyed a glass of it, you probably understand why there are long lines of people waiting at the fresh-squeezed lemonade stand.

The long wait is usually worth it because lemonade from fresh lemon juice tastes better than anything of its kind!

It’s perfectly refreshing; plus, it will help to keep you hydrated in the hot sun.

Ever wondered if you can have lemonade on the keto diet? The answer is, yes, you can! This sugar-free lemonade recipe is perfect and will keep you within your macros.

Ingredients Needed For Sugar-Free Lemonade

There are four simple ingredients in this refreshing drink, and they are all really easy to find.

Here’s what you need:


You’ll need about 5 lemons to make 8 cups of lemonade. Jarred lemon juice won’t work as well as fresh lemons. So, use the fruit – it works so much better!


The type of water isn’t as important since you are using lemon juice and sweetener. If your tap water has an aftertaste, consider using filtered or bottled water for this lemonade recipe.

Monk Fruit Drops

Any type of granular or liquid sugar-free sweetener will taste delicious in this drink. I used monk fruit drops because they don’t have a strong aftertaste, and they dissolve really well in the water.

Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.

Quick Tips:

Here are a few ways you can change this lemonade recipe to make it completely different.

  • Add other fruity flavors. Use a melon baller to make balls of watermelon, casaba melon, or other low-carb melon of your choice.
  • Try kiwi. Add slices of kiwi fruit. Not only will the lemonade taste amazing, but it will also be beautiful!
  • Spike it. A splash of vodka will turn ordinary sugar-free lemonade into an adults-only keto drink.

How To Make Sugar-Free Lemonade

All of the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some additional tips and information.

Mix All The Ingredients In The Pitcher

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Squeeze the lemon juice, add the lemon slices and the sweetener with the water in the pitcher. Leave room for ice so that it keeps the lemonade nice and cold.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Store It In The Refrigerator

Then, just store it in the refrigerator. Yes, it really is that easy!

You don’t need any fancy equipment. It might help to use a lemon juicer, but you can use your hands.

What To Serve With Lemonade

This is such a refreshing drink on hot summer days! If you want other cold treats, make some keto sea salt caramel ice cream bars. They are high-fat and low-carb.

The tart lemonade also tastes amazing with these rich keto cake pops. They only have 3g net carbs each.

Or, scoop some keto vanilla ice cream and serve it with lemonade. Talk about summertime perfection!

Frequently Asked Questions About Sugar-Free Lemonade

Before we get to the printable recipe card just a little further below, here are some questions people often ask about fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Is lemon juice good for you?

Yes, lemon juice is really good for your health.

The lemon juice in a glass of sugar-free fresh-squeezed lemonade offers these benefits:

  • High In Vitamin C – This is good for the body’s immune system, improves heart health, and can even help fight cancer cells!
  • Loaded With Antioxidants – Can help reduce inflammation and are fantastic for skin health.
  • Improves And Increases Iron Absorption

These are just some of the health benefits of lemon. It’s even said to improve digestion!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

What kind of sweetener is best for sugar-free lemonade?

There are several options when it comes to sweetening your sugar-free fresh-squeezed lemonade.

The recipe below calls for lemon monk fruit drops. Other low-carb and keto-friendly sweetener options that dissolve well in lemonade include:

My sweetener of choice is lemon monk fruit drops because they offer an extra boost of lemon flavor. Lemon stevia drops work as well.

How long will the lemonade stay fresh?

As long as it is kept in the refrigerator, lemon, orange, or any other fresh squeezed juice will usually stay fresh for 7-10 days. At that point, it usually starts to lose its flavor and may even take on a cloudy appearance.

The good news is, freshly squeezed lemon juice can be frozen, and if you really want to, you can even freeze the lemonade. Just be aware that it may lose some of its flavor during the thawing process.

An easy and convenient way to freeze lemon juice is to use ice cube trays. When the juice is frozen, just release the cubes from the tray and transfer them to a large freezer zip-top bag.

Then, when you want to make some sugar-free lemonade, just add water and sweetener into a pitcher, add a few of the frozen juice cubes and stir to combine.

This sugar-free lemonade tastes just like the drink you loved as a kid! In fact, your family is probably going to ask you for the recipe. So make a pitcher, and keep this recipe safe – you’ll be using it over and over again.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Other Drinks To Try:

If you enjoyed this lemonade recipe, here are some more low-carb drinks you’ll love too. They will keep you hydrated and refreshed.

If you’re going to make a drink, you might as well make a gallon! This recipe for one gallon homemade lemonade is made with real lemons and sugar. It’s way easier to make than you would think… almost as easy as opening up a can of concentrate! Okay, well not quite the easy, but pretty darn close. And, there’s nothing like freshly squeezed lemonade…especially when it tastes fantastic. Heck you might want to make 5 gallons of this real lemonade!

Who says lemonade is only for the summer? We had this for dinner tonight, in the middle of winter, with BBQ pulled pork sandwiches and Potato Salad. It was a great combo! I love this recipe and keep it in my “Keep Forever” recipe binder. You need either 16 small lemons or 10 large lemons…roughly. You also need 3 1/2 cups white sugar, and 16 cups water. Enjoy!

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Another yummy variation of lemonade with real lemons and sugar is to let some basil leaves float in your homemade lemonade for a couple hours. Sounds weird, maybe, but it’s good! The chef at Harmon’s served me a glass, and it was amazing! Taste periodically to see if the lemonade has reached the desired flavor, then remove the leaves.

Learn how to make fair-style lemonade shake ups using fresh squeezed lemons with this quick, easy and refreshing State Fair Lemonade recipe.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

One of the best beloved summer drink recipes is this State Fair Lemonade recipe, also known as Lemon Shake Ups. This recipe is based upon the version you love and come to know and expect at county fairs. It offers a sweet-tart taste that is so refreshing.

When the days get longer and warmer, it brings back memories of lazy summer afternoons as a child, with a trip to the Wisconsin State Fair. There you’d see vendors shaking up fresh lemonade in a blaze of speed that tastes amazing. That was my inspiration for this quick and easy: State Fair Lemonade.

This cool sweet-tart drink is so quintessential to everything summer. That’s why I want to share with you my “secret” recipe how to make fresh squeezed lemonade like at the fair.

You might ask, why make lemonade from fresh lemons when you could easily buy lemonade off the grocery shelf. My answer would have to be: taste, taste, taste. Nothing can compare with the freshness lemons offer when they are squeezed at home.

There’s no substitute for the real thing, believe me.

For this recipe, you have control over how many lemons you put into your drink, as well as the amount of sugar you use. I usually start out with two lemons, but there are also occasions when I make this fair lemonade recipe with more–especially if I need to fill my super large “State Fair-size” glass–or, if I want seconds.

Best of all, it’s super easy to double this recipe to satisfy a whole youth baseball team or visiting neighborhood kids.

How to Make Fair Lemonade

To Start:

If you’re planning on making a glass or two. use a lemon reamer. It’s faster and quicker, of course.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

But if you’re going to do a ton of lemons, you’ll definitely want something powered to save from wearing out your hands. A motorized stand juicer is the perfect tool for large amounts of juicing. Either way, you’ll be able to squeeze every bit of that deliciousness out of the lemons without any muss or fuss.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

Next, add your sugar (white granulated sugar works best) right to the lemon juice before adding any additional water or ice and stir well.

If you do it in this order, the sugar will have a chance to dissolve fully into the lemon juice and then you’ll reduce the chance of leaving sugar at the bottom of your glass when you’re finished.

To make a “shake-up” version of fair lemonade, place your lemon juice, sugar, and half the amount of water in a tightly lidded jar. Seal. Shake until all the ingredients have combined. Then add the rest of the water. Shake again. Serve over ice. It’s that easy!

Finally, serve up your State Fair Lemonade with a sliced lemon on the rim of the glass. And there you have it – perfectly refreshing lemonade! Enjoy!

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If you love the best that county or state fairs have to offer, then check out these delicious treats (also from Wisconsin Homemaker) that definitely will win you a blue ribbon with your friends and family.

Our homemade lemonade recipe is perfect for hot summer days when you’re looking for something refreshing to quench your thirst.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

By Mark Hinds | Updated August 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

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Ice-cold tart lemonade on a hot day is one of the summer’s great treats. Once you see how easy it is to use this recipe to make fresh-squeezed lemonade at home you’ll never buy the powdered mix again.

To figure out the best way to make homemade lemonade we tested mixes, bottled juice, and freshly squeezed lemons. Our tasters found that the lemonade made with real lemons had more complexity to it and more of the lemonade flavor they wanted.

How to Make Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

What makes fresh squeezed lemonade so fantastic is it only takes a few lemons, a little bit of sugar, a sharp knife, a juicer, and 10 minutes to make homemade lemonade that is equal parts tart, refreshing, and delicious.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

A tip to get more juice from the lemons is to roll them under the palm of your hand before slicing them and juicing them.

If you’re looking for something a bit different try our blueberry or raspberry lemonade recipes. They’re both delicious and use fresh fruit to create a drink that is refreshing, tart, and delicious.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

A few of the dishes we love serving this lemonade recipe with are Smoked Pork Ribs, Buffalo Burgers, and Grilled Corn on the Cob.

How to make fresh squeezed lemonade

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  • ▢ 1 cup sugar


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