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Here are 5 easy homemade lemonade recipes for you to cool yourself on a hot summer day. This recipe includes how to make your own lemonade concentrate at home using fresh lemons and instructions on how to use to further to make the 5 flavors - Classic, pink lemonade, strawberry lemonade, cucumber mint lemonade & mango lemonade. 

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Anvita

Making lemonade is super easy right, lemons, lemon juice, sweetener, water ice. Stir it all together for a while and lemonade is ready.  So why am I sharing a homemade lemonade recipe today, you ask?

Well here is the thing, when you try to mix sugar in cold water, the sugar doesn't dissolve completely and settles at the bottom. So I started doing what my mom and grandmom did, make a lemonade syrup or concentrate at home and use that to whip up a quick lemonade. 

Whole lemons and sliced lemons for lemonade

Lemonade Concentrate or Lemonade Syrup

Making lemonade syrup at home from scratch is super easy and frugal.  All you need is lemon juice, lemon zest and a sweetener. Trust me this homemade lemonade recipe will soon become your go to lemonade recipe this summer.

Why you will love this homemade lemonade syrup?

  • It comes together easily with 3 simple ingredients.
  • You can make lemonade using this homemade syrup in seconds.
  • It brings out the best sweet and tangy flavors as the sugar and lemon juice are perfectly dissolved.
  • When the kids want to make their own lemonade, this comes in handy without the mess and after-cleaning.
  • The lemonade syrup comes handy to make your cocktails and mocktails.
  • This lemonade concentrate has a shelf life of upto 1 year if store appropriately.
  • It's super convenient when your have to make impromptu lemonade be it individual portions or large sizes.
  • No repeating steps of cutting lemons everytime, juicing them and mixing. You just do it once and the syrup will take care of the rest.
  • Lastly unlike the store bought lemonades, this lemonade is made with real lemon juice and is a much better option.

     

Lemonade concentrate syrup make in Instant Pot

 

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

If you are convinced enough to make this lemonade syrup for your lemonades then bring on the lemons, sweetener and your pressure cooker like an Instant Pot or Mealthy

This is just a gist of the recipe, the detailed recipe is available in the recipe card below.

Wash and zest the lemons.

Cut and juice the lemons.

Strain the juice and add it to the inner pot of the pressure cooker.

Add in the sweetener. Sugar, maple syrup, honey, agave, monk fruit, any would do. If you use honey or maple syrup the color of the lemonade may slightly change.

Secure the lid and seal the vent.

Pressure cook for 1 minute and quick release.

Cool the syrup and then strain it into bottle or jar to store it.

Now you can use this lemonade syrup to make individual portions or a large pitcher by just adding water and ice. 

Simple and easy right!

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Pink Lemonade

Raise your hand if you are a fan of pink lemonade. Typically pink lemonade is more tart than the regular lemonade. Apparently it's suppose to be more calming because of it's light pink color. Store bought Pink Lemonades are artificially colored but this one here gets it's color naturally.

You an use fruits like grapefruit, raspberries, cranberries or pomegranate to naturally color your pink lemonade. If you are making a pink lemonade concentrate then I'd add the fruit to the lemon juice and sugar and pressure cook it. For individual short order lemonade you can add any of those fruit juices. Detailed recipe available below in recipe card.

Easy homemade Pink Lemonade Recipe - Made with fresh lemon juice and naturally colored this pink lemonade is sure to tantalize your tastebuds #lemonade #lemonaderecipe #homemadelemonade #pinklemonade #lemonadeconcentrate #instantpotlemonade #mealthylemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

With all that strawberry picking we did in Austria, not only did I make the best 3 Ingredient Strawberry Jam again, but we also made lots of strawberry lemonade. Simple refreshing and a great twist to the classic lemonade.

Naturally colored with fresh strawberries you can either make a strawberry lemonade concentrate by adding the strawberries to the lemon juice and sugar and pressure cook it. Or just simply add strawberry juice or nectar to your impromptu short-order. Detailed recipe available in recipe card below.

Mango Lemonade in a Glass

Mango Lemonade

Mangoes and Lemonade are made for summer. You know we love Mangoes because they are perfect for cool treats like the Mango Lassi, Mango Coconut Ice Cream, Mango Colada, Mango Salsa and our popular Mango Semolina Cake. Next on our Mango list goes this Mango Lemonade. This tropical lemonade is sure to tantalize your tastebuds. 

You can either make a mango lemonade concentrate by adding mango chunks to the lemon juice and sugar and pressure cook it. Or of you need to make a short order, then adding mango nectar or juice will also do the trick. Detailed recipe available in recipe card below.

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Another classic lemonade to beat the heat cool you down. If you have ever enjoyed the combination of cucumbers, mint and lemons you will know what I am talking about. If you don't know what I am talking about try this lemonade now.

Make a cucumber mint crush in your blender, add the strained juice to the classic lemonade and enjoy the refreshing flavors. Detailed recipe available in recipe card.

How long can I keep homemade lemonade?

Although the concentrate is good for upto 1 year if stored appropriately in the refrigerator, once it's mixed with water it is good for upto a week in the refrigerator. 

Fresh Lemon juice in a glass with cut lemons

How to juice lemons to get more juice

Microwaving them for 30 seconds and then juicing them

Pressing and rolling lemons on a counter top before cutting them

Using a citrus juicer definitely helps.

How long will frozen lemon juice keep?

If properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 3 to 4 months, but will remain safe beyond that time. The freezer time shown is for best quality only — freshly squeezed lemon juice that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely

Homemade lemonade served 4 ways, pink lemonade, mango lemonade, strawberry lemonade and cucumber mint lemonade

Can you freeze leftover lemonade?

Yes ofcourse, pour it into a popsicle mold and add a popsicle stick, freeze it. your lemonade popsicle is ready.

So are you ready for summer? Make sure you stay hydrated and enjoy the seasonal fruits and drink like this lemonade. If you try this recipe, don;t forget to come back and leave us a comment below. Cheers!!!

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5 Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipes

5 Easy Homemade Lemonade Recipes

Yield: 1 cup concentrate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 11 minutes

Here are 5 easy homemade lemonade recipes for you to cool yourself on a hot summer day. This recipe includes how to make your own lemonade concentrate at home using fresh lemons and instructions on how to use to further to make the 5 flavors - Classic, pink lemonade, strawberry lemonade, cucumber mint lemonade & mango lemonade.

Ingredients

Classic Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh Lemon Juice
  • ¾ cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups natural / sparkling water

Pink Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup sugar / agave / honey / monk fruit
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 3 cups natural / sparkling water

Strawberry Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup sugar / agave / honey / monk fruit extract
  • 2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups natural / sparkling water

Mango Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup sugar / agave / honey / monk fruit
  • 2 cups mango chunks
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 3 cups natural / sparkling water

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup sugar / agave / honey / monk fruit
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • ½ cup fresh cucumbers
  • ¼ cup mint leaves
  • 3 cups natural / sparkling water

Instructions

For Classic , Pink, Strawberry & Mango Lemonade

  1. Add the lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest to your pressure cooker. If you are making Pink, Strawberry or Mango lemonade add the fruit to your pot now.
  2. Close and secure the link and pressure cook on high for 1 minute.
  3. Immediately release the pressure.
  4. Allow the liquid to come to room temperature and then strain the liquid. Make sure you strain the fruit completely to get the best flavors
  5. This lemonade concentrate can now be stored in sterilized bottles for later use.
  6. To make a pitcher, add 3 cups of water to the pitcher, add the lemon concentrate and ice, stir and serve chilled. Depending on how sweet and tangy you like the lemonade you can adjust the quantity of the syrup.
  7. For a individual portions, use 1 part concentrate , 3 parts water and 1 part ice

For Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Blend the cucumber and mint, strain the juice and add it to step 6 or 7 above.

Notes

Please refer to the post for notes

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Lisa

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

My pressure cooker has a wait time for pressure to build so do I start the 1 min after it's pressurized?

Karen Pelkey

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

I have read and reread the recipe above and it doesn’t tell you the ratio of lemon juice, zest and sweetener. Can we get this ratio? I am wanting to make the concentrate.

Susan Pepitone

Thursday 1st of April 2021

If you print the recipe cards the amount of sugar is given.

Classic Lemonade .. 3/4 cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit Pink Lemonade .. 2/3 cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit Strawberry Lemonade .. 2/3 cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit extract Mango Lemonade .. 2/3 cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit Cucumber Mint Lemonade .. 2/3 cup sugar / honey / agave / monk fruit

Instructions For Classic, Pink, Strawberry & Mango Lemonade Add the lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest to your pressure cooker. If you are making Pink, Strawberry or Mango lemonade add the fruit to your pot now. Close and secure the lid and pressure cook for 1 minute. Immediate release the pressure. Allow the liquid to come to room temperature and then strain the liquid. Make sure to strain the fruit completely to get the best flavors. This lemonade concentrate can now be stored in sterilized bottles for later use. To make a pitcher, add 3 cups of water to the pitcher, add the lemon concentrate and ice, stir and serve chilled. Depending on how sweet and tangy you like the lemonade you can adjust the quantity of the syrup. For individual portions, use 1 part concentrate, 3parts water and 1 part ice.

For Cucumber Mint Lemonade Blend the cucumber and mint, strain the juice and add it to step 6 or 7 above.

Sandy Stephens

Wednesday 31st of March 2021

This looks good but I have a question. The classic lemonade shows the amount of sugar, but the rest of the recipes show this: &frac23. How do I know much sugar to put in the rest of the recipes?

G wagon

Saturday 3rd of April 2021

Fruit adds sugars too.

Miranda

Saturday 27th of March 2021

I completely agree with all the other comments. I went through this three times trying to find the instructions for the instant pot to make the syrup. I have not been able to find it. The recipe card includes all the instructions for the various flavors of the lemonade but doesn’t list the instructions for making the syrup.

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