Thirst quenching traditional lemonade

On a hot and sunny afternoon nothing goes down better than traditional lemonade! When I was a kid, Grandma would

On a hot and sunny afternoon nothing goes down better than traditional lemonade!

When I was a kid, Grandma would always have a fresh jug of lemonade in the fridge and now that I am grown I find myself missing it dearly.

Children these days know lemonade as a fizzy clear drink, I fear they are missing out! We don’t seem to find lemonade like this in the shops anymore so here is a recipe that you can make at home with just a few ingredients.


  • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • lemon slices, to serve
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups ice cubes


  1. Place boiling water and sugar into a jug (heatproof).
  2. Stir water to dissolve sugar and set aside to cool completely. If you place it in the fridge it should not take long, approximately 1-2 hours.
  3. Strain lemon juice into mixture. It is best to use freshly squeezed lemons for this as it will give it a much more authentic taste. I don’t mind a bit of pulp in it but if you prefer it without just use a strainer when you pour it in.
  4. Add two cups of cold water and stir to combine.
  5. Add ice cubes and sliced lemon to the jug to serve.
  6. Enjoy!

Did you drink lemonade like this as a kid? Do you still make it?

  1. Mum used to make it,back in the day,and if my memory serves me she always added a pinch of cream of tartar?

  2. Wasn’t really an Aussie thing to do when I was growing up, more an American custom🍋, wasn’t it?

  3. I usually drop a slice of lemon in a glass of water on a hot day, very refreshing. 🙂

  4. No, I can’t remember drinking lemonade. Water, or as a treat, red or green cordial. What was she thinking! Mum also made ginger beer.

  5. That sounds like an incredible amount of sugar. If you use lemons off a lemonade tree no sugar is required. I have freshly squeezed lemonade juice everyday at lunch. I have a tree in my yard.

    • sue  

      are you a ‘Red Hatter’ Maree ? ( as I am too !)

  6. Catherine Hoskinson  

    We use to cut the lemons into pieces and pour the boiling water over them with a potato musher we would mush them to death then strain add the sugar according to the sweetness of the lemons.

    • Rose  

      Thank you for sharing your way of making lemonade !!! I believe this is the best way and the healthiest way of making lemonade… a) we can use lemon with skin on ?? lots of vitamin in that skin !!!
      b) we can use sweetener if we are diabetic or any other sweeweteners much healthier than white sugar ( coconut sugar ) ext…

  7. I have a huge lemon tree which produces lemons almost all year around so there is always home-made lemonade in the fridge…everyone loves it and it is so simple to make 🌸

  8. No lemonade in my house, but like some others here I do remember the packet of red or green crystals that you added sugar and boiling water to before we could make a water based soft drink, and yes my Mum & Dad also made Ginger Beer. I do remember the Americans always made and talked about Lemonade.

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