11 Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipes


Lemonade is the perfect, refreshing beverage for hot summer days. We take the bright flavor of lemon and pair it with other fruits and herbs like blueberry, basil or rosemary for a fun take on a classic drink. Whether it's kid-friendly recipes like Whipped Frozen Lemonade or the adult-friendly Cucumber Lemonade, these drinks are tart, fresh and highlight the citrus fruit well.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade
Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Margaret Monroe Dickey

This thirst-quenching strawberry lemonade is sweet and lemony and perfect for a hot day. Fresh strawberries add sweet, floral notes and a pretty pink hue.

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Whipped Frozen Lemonade

two glasses of whipped frozen lemonade
Casey Barber

Whipped frozen lemonade combines the creaminess of a milkshake with the thirst-quenching tanginess of freshly squeezed lemonade for an incredibly refreshing treat. And this simple frozen lemonade treat comes together with just four ingredients and a blender. You can use light coconut milk or refrigerated coconut milk in place of full-fat coconut milk, though the end result won't be as rich and creamy. Leftover simple syrup will keep for up to 1 week in the refrigerator. Source: EatingWell.com, May 2020

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Sparkling Strawberry-Ginger Lemonade

Red Drink for Juneteenth (sparkling strawberry ginger lemonade)
Cooks With Soul

This sparkling lemonade is inspired by red drink, a red strawberry soda that is traditionally served for Juneteenth. Read more about red drink in the essay "For Many in Texas and Beyond, It's Just Not Juneteenth Without Red Drink."

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Blueberry Lemonade

blueberry lemonade
Photographer / Jen Causey, Prop Stylist / Kay Clarke, Food Stylist / Chelsea Zimmer

This blueberry lemonade is just sweet enough, with gorgeous color and flavor from fresh blueberries. Whole lemons with a thinner skin add lemony flavor without bitterness from too much pith and peel.

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Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade
Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling / Margaret Monroe Dickey

This sweet-tart raspberry lemonade is easy to make. Just 45 seconds in the blender yields a fresh raspberry puree that makes this lemonade so much more refreshing than store-bought.

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Lavender Lemonade

Lavendar Lemonade
Photographer / Jen Causey, Prop Stylist / Kay Clarke, Food Stylist / Chelsea Zimmer

The light floral flavor of lavender is balanced by fresh lemon juice in this subtly sweet homemade lemonade.

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Watermelon Lemonade

Watermelon Lemonade
Evan de Normandie

This summer-fresh lemonade with a DIY watermelon base is sure to cool you down on a hot day.

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Cucumber Lemonade

Cucumber Lemonade
Photographer / Antonis Achilleos, Prop Stylist / Kay Clarke, Food Stylist / Ruth Blackburn

This cucumber lemonade is a spa-in-a-glass! It's not overly sweet, with a healthy balance of tangy lemon juice and refreshing cucumber flavor. A hint of mint adds a cooling backdrop.

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Basil Lemonade


Basil and lemon pair beautifully in this refreshing summer sipper, sweetened with a touch of honey. Make ahead and allow the mixture to infuse for 30 minutes to 1 hour before straining for a stronger basil flavor. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2018

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Color-Changing Lemonade Slushies


Kids and adults alike will be wowed watching this delicious slush turn from blue to pink and purple in an instant. The magical concoction is made with natural blue tea (see Note) and refreshing lemonade for a fun science experiment that's tasty too. Perfect for your child's birthday party! (Adults may enjoy spiking their drink with a little vodka or gin.) Source: EatingWell.com, January 2018

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Blueberry Lemonade Slushies


This super-refreshing fruit slushie is so easy to make and uses just three ingredients. Try it with strawberries and raspberries, too--these are great for a kids' party, but the adults will love them just as much (especially spiked with a little vodka or gin). Source: EatingWell.com, January 2018

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