Homemade Lemonade

Northwest Pearls: Homemade Lemonade
Northwest Pearls: Homemade Lemonade

One of my favorite drinks is homemade lemonade. Here's the recipe my mom and I use to make it.

You'll need:

  • A pot
  • A pitcher
  • A knife
  • A cutting board
  • A grater, citrus zester, or something to get lemon zest
  • A juicer, manual or otherwise. We have a glass juicer like this
  • A large measuring glass (should hold at least 1.5 cups of liquid)
  • A sieve
  • A spoon


  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 1.5 cups of lemon juice (about 6-8 lemons)
  • 5 cups of cold water


Get the lemon zest before you’ve cut or squeezed the lemons.

Then cut the lemons in half and juice them. A trick I've learned is to place the lemons on the counter and lean on each of them while rolling them. This softens them and makes it easier to get the juice out of them. After you finish juicing a lemon or two pour the juice through the sieve into the large measuring glass. You'll need to use a spoon to stir/scrape around in the sieve to get more juice through before you throw away the pulp and the seeds. Once you have 1.5 cups of lemon juice, leave it in the measuring cup and go on to the next step.

Place half of a cup of water in a pot on the stove and let it boil. Then pour 1.5 cups of sugar in and stir it until the sugar dissolves. Don't leave the sugar/water mixture alone too long; stir it consistently.

Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and pour the lemon juice and the zest into the pot then stir.

Pour 5 cups of cold water into a pitcher. Add the water/sugar/juice/zest mixture from the pot into the pitcher. Stir it around and then chill it in the refrigerator. When cold, pour yourself a glass and enjoy!