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Fresh Lemonade Syrup

"This is a refreshing summer drink to enjoy on those lazy dog days of summer," reports Kathy Kittell from her home in Lenexa, Kansas. With the simple syrup in the fridge, it's a breeze to stir up this thirst-quenching beverage by the glass or pitcher.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    20 servings


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 cups lemon juice (about 16 lemons)
  • 2 tablespoon grated lemon zest


  • In a 1-1/2-qt. heat-proof container, dissolve sugar in boiling water. Cool. Add lemon juice and zest; mix well. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: 5-1/2 cups syrup (number of batches varies depending on concentration of lemonade).
  • For 1 serving, combine 1/4 to 1/3 cup syrup and 3/4 cup cold water in a glass; stir well. For 16 servings, combine 5-1/2 cups syrup and 10 cups cold water in a 2-qt. pitcher; stir well.
Nutrition Facts
1/3 cup: 126 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • misscoffeepot
    Jun 28, 2020

    this was an easy way to prep lemonade for a n RV trip- took less space and used as needed. Instead of zest, I added a few of the lemon rinds to the boiling mixture

  • Cornwall
    Sep 8, 2013

    Excellent, easy to make recipe. Just the right tartness to make a refreshing lemonade drink.

  • Cornwall
    Mar 26, 2013

    I love lemonade that is slightly tart and this is excellent and so easy to make. I used the last of mine up to 2 weeks and it was still delicious.

  • grammy4him
    Jan 15, 2011

    We winter in Gilbert and the kids have a lemon tree. This recipe is excellant. I mix up a big batch and put 2-2/3 to 3 cups syrup in freezer bags so I have a quick mix when company stops by. Just made a fresh batch tonight so thought I would leave the comment. I finally wrote this recipe in my book so I wouldn't have to keep coming back to look it up! definately a favorite!

  • kmddutz
    Jul 2, 2010

    I recently made this lemonade for my daughter's baby shower and it was a hit. The day was extremely hot and this is a refreshing drink. I even made it a bit early and froze it with good results. To serve, I used a punch bowl and had made an ice ring with lemon rind roses and blueberries (It's a boy!) as well as ice cubes with small lemon slices to keep from diluting it.

  • karenw
    Aug 20, 2009

    Can you freeze the syrup to use later? The recipe doesn't say. That's a lot of syrup to use in one week!

  • redheadedmess
    Jul 6, 2009

    I have used this recipe for about 4 years now adn it is AWESOME!!!

  • harborrose
    Apr 14, 2009

    I am alway on the lookout for big batch punches to use for association potlucks. This looks good for the 4th's gathering this year! Thanks

  • wadayanuts
    Feb 7, 2009

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  • Cheryl Ann McKnight
    Jul 31, 2008

    I adore fresh lemonaide and this one sounds like a winner to me ! Thank you ever so much for posting it !