Really easy lemonade

Really easy lemonade

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(63 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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Fee Flee Hayward's picture
Fee Flee Hayward
25th Jun, 2020
Just made this with my hand held whizzy gadget thing, used 4 small lemons & followed the instructions (it really does help) I don’t understand the bad reviews, maybe bad/waxed lemons who knows? It tastes great, very unusual that my whole family likes it.
4th May, 2020
I had just made a recipe that called for the zest of 1 and a half lemons. I usually juice any leftovers and pop in the freezer for another time, but fancied doing something different, so came to bbcgoodfood to see what I could do instead, and came across this recipe. I'm very glad I read a few reviews first, and decided to try it as suggested and remove the pith and pips. I did half the number of lemons, 50g of sugar and 250ml of water, whizzed it all up and sieved it. I was going to add more water as per the recipe, but when I tasted it after whizzing I thought my family would prefer it as it was. I will make this again as it's deliciously refreshing. Next time I'll try adding only 150ml water to whizz, then top up 150ml sparkling, as it was a little too sweet for me but my children loved it! So quick and easy, so much better than bought lemonade. Well worth 5mins of your time. I would imagine that if you did leave the pith and peel on it would be quite bitter. I'll also experiment with zesting lemons, then removing pith and pips like today, then adding zest back in before whizzing and see how that makes it taste. Everyone's tastes are different, so I think its worth playing around with the basic recipe to find what works best for you.
5th Apr, 2020
My boys made this delicious drink during lockdown. We ensured most of the pips were removed.
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Debra Wood
13th Aug, 2019
I tried this today, with a fraction of the sugar recommended, and still very yummy!
DawnKnowles's picture
25th Jul, 2018
Watered it down more to my taste - beautiful xxx
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Charlotte van d...
22nd Jul, 2018
The recipe as it is can't be anything else as bitter. This is because you leave the peel and the skin on. I took it off, first the peel cause i blend that so I've Lemon peel for Cakes, Salades and whenever you need it in the kitchen, then i took the skin off as far as i could. After that i did the lemons, 500 ml water and 100 gram of sugar in the blender, mixed it well, sieved it well. That gives you about 900 ml juice. I did 300 ml in a bottle, topped it up with water. So I've now 3 Liter of Lemon Lemonade in the fridge. If you really want it sweeter, use the 140 g. sugar. For me it works very well with 100 g. So because the Recipe explanation is not good in my opinion a 4* Cheers!
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Kate Bastow
21st Jul, 2018
Would rate this less if I could! It is so so bitter and no amount of sugar could get rid of that! Will not be trying again
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Benjamin Ivens
16th Jul, 2018
i love this drink one of best l_l
10th Jul, 2018
I can't understand all the positive ratings for this recipe. Blending the pith creates a horrible bitter banknote, that doesn't disappear by adding sugar. None of my guests liked this. I went against my better judgement because of all the good reviews but now I don't trust any of you to know what good lemonade tastes like!
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Benjamin Ivens
16th Jul, 2018
that is a good point


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!
lulu_grimes's picture
28th Jun, 2020
Hi, Yes, you use the whole lemon for this recipe. Lulu
reggiejshaw's picture
26th Jun, 2020
When it said I I waxed it means peeled
21st Apr, 2018
We wondered that when we made it in the end we didnt peel the lemons and it worked
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Bethan Mills
27th Jun, 2018
Add a couple of spoonfuls of your favourite jam to add a different flavour/colour (I used blackcurrant and it turned the lemonade pink!)
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.