Really easy lemonade

Really easy lemonade

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(35 ratings)

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 lemons, 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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5th Jun, 2017
Delicious with sparkling water in place of the remaining 500ml of still water.
Iris L
24th Jun, 2015
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.
14th Jun, 2015
so nice...
15th Feb, 2014
fantastic recipe love the leonade
31st Aug, 2013
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.
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8th Aug, 2013
Really lovely lemonade - thanks for the recipe. I tried it with sparkling water instead of the remaing 500mls of water and it was gorgeous!
28th Jul, 2013
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.
8th Jul, 2013
just made some absolutely wonderful, very lemony I added some fresh mint from my garden to the glass with ice- fab!
7th Jul, 2013
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'
15th Mar, 2013
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.


18th Apr, 2015
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!
21st Apr, 2018
We wondered that when we made it in the end we didnt peel the lemons and it worked
21st Apr, 2018
Make your leftover zest into a cake just make a normal spnge cake and add it in with the vanilla! Delicious!
5th Sep, 2013
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.