Really easy lemonade

Prep: 10 mins No cook


A simple classic that everyone can enjoy. Perfect on a hot summer's day

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily doubled / halved
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal140
  • fat0g
  • saturates0g
  • carbs37g
  • sugars37g
  • fibre0g
  • protein0g
  • salt0.01g
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  • 3 unwaxed lemon, roughly chopped
  • 140g caster sugar
  • 1l cold water


  1. Tip the lemons, sugar and half the water into a food processor and blend until the lemon is finely chopped.

  2. Pour the mixture into a sieve over a bowl, then press through as much juice as you can. Top up with the remaining water and serve with plain ice or frozen with slices of lemon and lime.

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Comments (44)

Iris L's picture

Had a glut of lemons on our tree in Spain so tried this recipe. Really simple and the results fantastic. As our lemons are quite sweet will use less sugar next time.

CookieMonster1254's picture

so nice...

ollieorman's picture

fantastic recipe love the leonade

marbucks's picture

Really easy to prepare... I used nearly 2 litres of water since Maltese lemons are very strong tasting and I also used 160g of sugar... Used the Kenwood blender and it worked like a charm.

bouncybungee54's picture

Really lovely lemonade - thanks for the recipe. I tried it with sparkling water instead of the remaing 500mls of water and it was gorgeous!

shetlandgirl123's picture

Although it says to use a food processor me and Mum found it works much better in a blender. the first time we made it we used the Kenwood Chef Food Processor which sqirted sugary water over the whole kitchen but the resulting lemonade was brilliant.

gordonsfan's picture

just made some absolutely wonderful, very lemony I added some fresh mint from my garden to the glass with ice- fab!

paulacw's picture

Ok -here's the thing- 1st of all read the recipe carefully- not ALL the water goes into the processor-after 1whizz it certainly doesn't stay there! Then take into account that even when you've removed the required amount of fluid-it STILL spews everywhere-or did from my kenwood chef! Then add into the time factor cleaning sticky sugary water from the inside and outside of all cupboards, and floor, and everything within a 1m radius plus showering (as I was in bikini at time).
So was it worth it? .....Absoultely! If this were sold in pubs I'd be tea-total! Well....maybe not... But it's good enough for me even to consider it!
Next time I put lemons and 150ml sugary water in processor (the result of which would be lovely with ice cream!) then added rest of fluid through the sieve to ensure I still cartured the full lemon flavour.
'Still Sticky of Derby'

dtall77's picture

Absolutely handsome! I'll use about a quarter less sugar next time though, but really easy and lovely. In fact, stop reading this review - go and make it, you'd be half way there by now. But since you're still reading I'll tell you this; I had 4 lemons which I had grated for their zest to use in a cheesecake (also to be found on this site), I used these for the lemonade. So, it's official, this lemonade is still great, even without the zest.

muffinandsam's picture

I found this really bitter and the kids were really disappointed and we ended up throwing it away. A waste of lemons, sugar, and an hour! bleurgh!

riddhiman's picture

It was wonderful drinking that lemonade which I made by my own hands. My parents really appreciated how I made this by my own.

jazzyfizz_01's picture

All I can say is absolutely amazing! I wanted to attempt something new for my parents and sister to try, and this was a winner. I used slightly less than the amount of sugar stated and sparkling water...There was hardly any left for me! A great alternative to fizzy cool drinks.

Thumbs up

lotthedrinkeroftea's picture

Was ok but very bitter - next time i'll remove the seeds!

bgbound's picture

I too recall this recipe from the Kenwood Chef book but I'm sure that the recipe called for a whole egg - shell and all - anyone else know of that recipe?

bumblebee2010's picture

Very very easy to make and is an instant hit every time it is served. It also stores well in the fridge for a week. I whizzed all ingredients and sieved it but did not add the remaining half ltr of water. Took the bottle to a picnic, added the rest of the water and a nice refreshing drink was ready!

spaceband's picture

i started a lemonade bussiness with recipe its yummy

carbar's picture

A great refreshing recipe, thanks.

api187's picture

fantastic just made this with the kids it took about 2 minuites to make and the kids love it 100% taste

choccake222's picture

I made a third of this because my mum was saying ' don't waste the limes' so I made it with the following:

400ml water
The juice of 1 lime
100g caster sugar

And best of all, (drum roll please)

choccake222's picture

I made a third of this because my mum was saying ' don't waste the limes' so I made it with the following:

400ml water
The juice of 1 lime
100g caster sugar

And best of all, (drum roll please)


Questions (1)

Zewest's picture

This might sound like a silly question, but there's no mention of peeling the lemon. Does the whole thing go in? (Is that why you have to use unwaxed?)

Planning ahead for the next time my small patio lemon tree gives me some fruit!

Tips (1)

softsal's picture

So easy and really tasty. It keeps for several weeks if you pour it into sterilised bottles. I make it with half the water and then dilute with sparkling water. Use white caster sugar rather than golden as golden gives it a slightly brown tinge.