How to make homemade lemonade

When life give you lemons bust out this delicious homemade lemonade recipe - a refreshingly simple beverage that always makes a splash!

  • 15 mins preparation
  • 5 mins cooking
  • Makes 3 Litre
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  • 4 lemons, approximately
  • 3 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (15g) citric acid
  • 2 teaspoon (7.5g) tartaric acid
  • 1.9 litre (7 1/2 cups) boiling water
  • soda water or iced water, for serving


  • 1
    Remove the rind thinly from one of the lemons and cut into thin strips (or use a zester). Combine the lemon rind, sugar, citric acid and tartaric acid in a large heatproof bowl.
  • 2
    Pour boiling water over sugar mixture, stir until sugar is dissolved. Squeeze the juice from the lemons; you will need 1 1/4 cups (310ml) juice. Stir the juice into the sugar mixture; cool.
  • 3
    Strain the lemon mixture into sterilised bottles and keep refrigerated.
  • 4
    To serve, use two pails (round-shaped, handled container or bucket) of lemon syrup to one part soda water (or iced water), or mix to taste.


Alternatively to ready-to-drink lemonade, this recipe makes 2.5 litres of syrup. Undiluted lemon mixture will keep up to two weeks in the fridge.

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