Our Best Fresh Lemonade Recipes

Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade
Photo: Lisa Romerein

Few things beat an icy-cold lemonade recipe on a hot summer day. Fresh mix-ins—fruits, juices, herbs, and spices—make these homemade lemonades (including pink lemonade, berry variations, and citrus cocktails) the best way to beat the heat.

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Berry Lemonade

berry lemonade beverages on table

If you have time and the season is right, ditch the concentrate and make this raspberry lemonade with fresh ingredients. Lemons, raspberries, and strawberries give this easy mocktail recipe a triple dose of fruity goodness. For the most true fruit flavor, squeeze the lemons yourself.

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Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade

Revamp an old-fashioned lemonade recipe using fresh fruit and sparkling water. Our top picks for excellent add-ins? Watermelon wedges and fresh strawberries sweetened with agave.

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Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade

Smoky Lavender-Rosemary Lemonade
Lisa Romerein

The secret to this fresh lemonade recipe? Grilled lemon AND rosemary. The puckery lemonade gets an irresistible smoky flavor with lovely floral notes thanks to lavender buds. Enjoy with a splash of vodka, if you like.

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Basil Lemon Drop

Basil Lemon Drop

Ready for the next step up from a lemon drop cocktail? Stir up this basil-infused vodka cocktail with an equal ratio of fresh lemon juice and simple syrup. (Recommended dessert pairing: Lemon Drop Cupcakes.)

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Big-Batch Rosemary Lemonade

Big-Batch Rosemary Lemonade
Blaine Moats

Making lemonade for a crowd? Look no further than this lemonade recipe. Rosemary adds an herbal flavor that will have guests coming back for seconds. A hint of almond extract plus sparkling water make it a truly one-of-a-kind beverage.

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Pink Lemonade Slush

Pink Lemonade Slush

Enjoy a slushie drink like those you loved as a kid. Ruby raspberries and pink lemonade concentrate marry in this icy-cold sipper. A splash of lemon-lime soda (or lemon-lime sparkling water for less sugar and fewer calories) gives it bubbly appeal.

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Melon and Mint Lemonade

Melon and Mint Lemonade

Mint and ripe melon create a fresh honeydew lemonade so delicious we almost guarantee you'll want to pour yourself a second glass. This fresh lemonade with simple syrup offers a just-right mix of fresh and sweet. Garnish with cantaloupe and honeydew melon balls to hint at the sweet flavors inside.

Test Kitchen Tip: Seek out a melon with a strong floral scent for the best results.

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Blackberry-Bourbon Lemonade

Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
Andy Lyons

Every last sip of this four-ingredient lemonade cocktail is bursting with berry flavor. The homemade blackberry-rosemary syrup gives it dramatic color. Once you've mastered the original version, mix things up by trying this as a blueberry lemonade-bourbon blend.

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Electric Lemonade Cocktail

Electric Lemonade
Karla Conrad

Shake up your citrus cocktail routine by mixing sprigs of mint and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend those with sugar, ginger ale, and water until thick for a superb slushie. For the adults, layer this icy mocktail over a shot or two of vodka to shift it into happy hour.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
Helen Norman

If your kids love juice drinks and sodas, slowly step them down to drinking less sugar with this sweet and simple strawberry lemonade. Its vibrant color will lure them in and you can easily add bubbles with sparkling water. Because this pink lemonade includes naturally sweet fruit, you can start with 1 cup sugar and, if needed, add more to taste.

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