Fresh Lemonade Recipes

There's nothing like a glass of icy-cold lemonade on a hot summer day. Fresh mix-ins -- fruits, juices, herbs, and spices -- make these lemonade recipes even better.

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  • Classic Lemonade

    Start here for the country-style lemonade you grew up with.

  • Ginger Lemonade

    For an easy way to jazz up classic lemonade, stir in fresh gingerroot and ripe pear slices. Garnish with a sugar cane stalk for stirring.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

  • Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

    Make over old-fashioned lemonade using fresh fruit and sparkling water. Our top picks? Watermelon wedges and fresh strawberries sweetened with agave.

  • How to Make Lemonade

    Start here for our quick tutorial on the best lemonade. It's a cinch -- you'll never make lemonade the old way again!

  • Lemon Drop Lemonade

    Crushed lemon drops and sugar dress up your glass rims, margarita-style. Garnish each serving of the candylike lemonade with a fresh lemon slice.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

  • Coconut Lemonade

    Star-studded and beaming with berries, this coconut lemonade is a surefire winner. Use coconut syrup to give it island appeal.

  • Key Lime Lemonade

    Here's a great way to use fresh mint from your garden: Stir limeade and lime slices into lemonade (to taste), then garnish with mint leaves.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

  • Pink Lemonade Slush

    Ruby-red raspberries and pink lemonade concentrate marry in this icy-cold concoction. A splash of lemon-lime soda gives it bubbly appeal.

  • Carrot Lemonade

    Rich in vitamin C, this poppy-orange drink features fresh carrots and sweet pineapple juice. Stir in lemon wedges for bright zip.

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    Strawberry-Rhubarb Lemonade

    Tart rhubarb and fresh strawberries meet in this farmer's market-inspired lemonade. Stir in vanilla and sugar to sweeten things up.

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    Lavender-Peach Lemonade

    A homemade chamomille-lavender syrup makes every sip of this peachy lemonade extra refreshing. Feeling adventurous? Try our basil, mint, and ginger variations.

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    Melon and Mint Lemonade

    Mint simple syrup and ripe honeydew melon create a lemonade so delicious, you'll have to pour yourself a second glass. Garnish with canteloupe and honeydew melon balls.

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    Lavender Lemonade

    Spruce up your lemonade by stirring in dried lavender and fresh lavender leaves.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Mason Jar Bourbonade

    Bourbon pairs perfectly with muddled citrus in this grown-up twist on lemonade. The intricate flavors are reminiscent of summer fairs and festivals. 

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    Raspberry Lemonade Spritzers

    Hot day? Pour yourself a chilly glass of crisp raspberry goodness. Best of all, the party-perfect lemonade takes less than 20 minutes to make.

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    Peach Tea Lemonade

    Two refreshing drinks combine in the perfect summer sipper. To make it, combine equal parts of lemonade, peach nectar, and iced tea. Garnish with fresh peach slices.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Blackberry Lemonade

    Fresh blackberries and sage leaves jazz up classic lemonade -- and it takes just seconds to stir together.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Strawberry Lemonade

    This sweet and simple lemonade is a snap to make, and it's brimming with full-fledged strawberry goodness.

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    Papaya Lemonade

    Guava juice brings fresh flavor to classic lemonade. Garnish with a fresh papaya slice.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Cool-as-a-Cuke Lemonade

    Cool down with a crisp glass of cucumber lemonade that you can make in less than 10 minutes. All you need is water, an English cucumber, and frozen lemonade concentrate.

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    Watermelon-Basil Lemonade

    Pureed watermelon, basil leaves, and lemon juice join in this energizing, 100-calorie sipper. Serve with watermelon wedges for garnish.

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    Kiwi-Melon Lemonade

    Lemonade is even more refreshing when you combine it with fresh honeydew puree (to taste). Garnish with sliced kiwifruit and honeydew.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Sparkling Basil Lemonade

    The secret to this fantastic basil lemonade? Jalapeno. The crunchy pepper adds slight spiciness to this oh-so-sweet drink.

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    Watermelon Lemonade

    Savor the flavor of fresh watermelon -- in your glass. Puree the fruit and combine it with a pitcher of lemonade (to taste). Garnish with watermelon slices.

    How to make classic lemonade: In a large pitcher stir together 3 cups cold water, 1 cup lemon juice, and 3/4 cup sugar until sugar is dissolved. Chill; serve over ice with garnishes.

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    Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade Cocktail

    Every last sip of this lip-smacking, four-ingredient lemonade cocktail is bursting with berry flavor. The homemade blackberry-rosemary syrup gives it dramatic color.

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    Electric Lemonade Cocktail

    Shake up your lemonade cocktail with sprigs of mint and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The two make a zippy duo that welcomes a splash or two of vodka.

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    Blushing Lemonade Cocktail

    Turn plain lemonade into a pretty-in-pink cocktail with the help of pink lemonade, vodka, and zesty-cool limoncello. Serve on the rocks with fresh lemon peel for party flair.

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