Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Vickie Parks


This is one of the first recipes that I added to my first recipe file that was my very own, back when I was in junior high school. I have used this recipe ever since then, whenever I want to make that classic summertime necessity....lemonade. And it has never failed me yet.


★★★★★ 8 votes

10 Min


  • 6 c
    cold water
  • 2 c
    lemon juice (8-10 lemons)
  • 1 c
    granulated sugar
  • ·
    ice cubes
  • 1 large
    lemon, thinly sliced
  • 8
    maraschino cherries (optional)

How to Make Old-Fashioned Lemonade


  1. To get the most juice, let lemons stand at room temperature (or microwave lemons on High for just a few seconds before squeezing them). Then roll the lemons on a counter while pushing down firmly (to break the tissues inside) to release more juice.
  2. Slice each lemon in half, and squeeze all halves to release juice into a large (2-quart) pitcher. Add water and sugar to pitcher and stir until sugar is dissolved. Refrigerate about 3 hours or until thoroughly chilled.
  3. Pour chilled lemonade over ice cubes in a tall glass. Garnish each serving with a lemon slice and maraschino cherry, if desired.

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About Old-Fashioned Lemonade

Course/Dish: Non-Alcoholic Drinks
Main Ingredient: Fruit
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Low Fat
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy

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