Fresh-Squeezed, Lip-Smacking Lemonade Recipes

When we think of summer drinks, fresh-squeezed lemonade always come to mind. Try one of our favorite lemonade recipes.

  • Frozen Lemonade

    Frozen Lemonade

    On a hot day, it's hard to beat a tall glass of slushy frozen lemonade. Blend sliced lemon, superfine sugar, water, and lemon juice with ice for a frozen drink that the whole family will love.

  • Sweet Tea Lemonade
    Photo: Ryan Benyi

    Sweet Tea Lemonade

    This summer refresher combines the best of both worlds: sweet iced tea and tart lemonade.
  • Ginger Lemonade

    Ginger Lemonade

    Fresh ginger gives this lemonade its unique flavor, while using frozen lemonade concentrate keeps preparation super simple.
  • Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

    Nothing beats the classic concoction of fresh lemons, sugar, and chilled water. This recipe doesn't require you to boil water, so make it for last-minute gatherings or as you're about to walk out the door to the park. Serve over ice for maximum cooling-off power.
  • Pink Lemonade

    Pink Lemonade

    Cook one cup of water with sugar to create the super-sweet sugar syrup, then combine with the rest of the water, lemon juice, fruit, and grenadine. Grenadine, a pomegranate-flavored syrup that gives the beverage its rosy color, can contain alcohol, so check the label before serving and create an adults-only beverage corner at the next neighborhood barbecue if necessary.
  • Southern Breeze

    Southern Breeze

    Raspberry-lemonade ice cubes add extra flavor to the pineapple juice and ginger ale mixture as they melt. Make the ice cubes from lemonade concentrate, sugar, water, and blue raspberry lemonade mix the night before. You can also try different lemonade mixes for a variety of fun flavors.
  • Raspberry Lemonade
    James Carrier

    Raspberry Lemonade

    Go all-natural and serve a refreshing drink made from naturally-sweet mashed raspberries, lemon juice, and water. The sweet and tart combination will garner rave reviews. Add sugar to taste, and serve over ice.
  • Spiked Lemonade
    Sara Gray

    Spiked Lemonade

    Start with lemon-flavored sparking water or club soda and add citrus-flavored vodka, lemon juice, sugar, and orange liqueur for an unforgettable summer cocktail. Buy extra ingredients–this one is guaranteed to be a party-pleaser.
  • Cool Lavender Lemonade

    Cool Lavender Lemonade

    Fresh lavender and mint infuse frozen lemon juice with an herbal flavor, making this drink tops for serving with light appetizers. Add the mint and lavender gradually to tailor the lemonade to your taste.
  • Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler

    Watermelon-Lemonade Cooler

    Garnish this fruity beverage with thin slices of watermelon and a pinch of mint. Cook lemonade concentrate with a few mint sprigs to allow the flavors to blend, then combine with puréed watermelon. Chill overnight before serving.
  • Apple Lemonade

    Apple Lemonade

    Add a splash of tartness to apple juice by mixing in fresh lemon juice. Squeeze about 3 lemons worth of juice into a quart of apple juice, mix well, then garnish with mint sprigs and lemon slices. The sweet flavor of the apple nicely balances the pucker of the lemon.
  • Homemade Lemonade

    Homemade Lemonade

    Start from scratch and make a lemonade packed with extra flavor. The secret? This recipe uses a few teaspoons of lemon rind to add extra tartness, as well as a more home-style presentation. Make a batch of limeade (also on the recipe page) and let friends and family vote for their favorite.
  • Watermelon Lemonade
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Heather Chadduck

    Watermelon Lemonade

    Your favorite summer fruit pairs with your favorite summer beverage and it's pure magic.
  • Basil Lemonade
    James Carrier

    Basil Lemonade

    Add flavor, color, and fragrance by choosing different varieties of basil for this summer-inspired drink. Stick with regular basil for a tasty nonalcoholic cocktail, or try a different variety. Thai or cinnamon basils add spicy undertones while lemon basil adds a lemon-drop flavor.
  • Pink Lemonade Cocktail
    Beth Dreiling Hontzas

    Pink Lemonade Cocktail

    Host a 21-and-over backyard extravaganza and serve this cocktail in white wine glasses. Pink lemonade concentrate gets dressed up with bottled beer and chilled vodka. Garnish with cranberries and slices of lemons, oranges, or limes, and let the toasting begin.
  • Peach Lemonade
    Oxmoor House

    Peach Lemonade

    Sweeten up traditional lemonade with another summer favorite: fresh peaches! This lemonade is perfect for pairing with grilled fare.
  • Raspberry-Lemonade Spritzer
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Raspberry-Lemonade Spritzer

    Sparkling water, fresh (or frozen) raspberries, and frozen lemonade concentrate are all you need for this bubbly, festive lemonade delight.
  • Spiced-Tea Lemonade
    Photo: Kate Mathis; Food Styling: Suzette Kaminski; Prop Styling: Shana Faust

    Spiced-Tea Lemonade

    Dress up traditional lemonade by mixing it with orange-spice iced tea.
  • Land of the Free Lemonade

    Land of the Free Lemonade

    Watermelon is the ultimate All-American summer snack. This year, make your 4th of July celebration even sweeter with a sweet-tart watermelon lemonade.

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