Homemade Lemonade (Classic, Thyme, and Mint)

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: cold drink, easy, lemon
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Fresh homemade lemonade is so simple and easy to make with just a few ingredients.  Here are 3 delicious versions of lemonade: Classic, Thyme, and Mint Lemonade. Grab your pitcher and kick off the summer with these icy cool drinks!
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Ingredients

Simple Syrup (makes 3 cups)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup fresh thyme (for Thyme Lemonade)

For Classic Lemonade

  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tsp)
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
  • 3 cups cold water or sparkling water

For Mint Lemonade

  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tsp)
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
  • 3 cups cold water or sparkling mineral water
  • ½ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tsp sugar

For Thyme Lemonade

  • zest of 2 lemons (about 2 tsp)
  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 8-10 lemons)
  • 3 cups cold water or sparkling mineral water

To Serve

  • ice (as needed)
  • sliced lemons (for garnish)
  • fresh mint leaves (for garnish)
  • fresh thyme (for garnish)

Instructions

Gather all the ingredients

  1. Depends on lemons, the amount of juice varies.  You will need about 8-10 lemons to get 2 cups of lemon juice.

Make sugar syrup (for Classic & Mint Lemonade)

  1. Combine 2 cups sugar and 2 cups water in a saucepan and bringing to a simmer. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then let cool.  You can keep this simple syrup for up to a month.

    Homemade Lemonade 1-a

Make sugar syrup (for Thyme Lemonade)

  1. Combine 2 cups sugar, 2 cups water, and ½ cup thyme in a saucepan and bringing to a simmer. Stir until sugar is dissolved and then let cool.

    Homemade Lemonade 1-b

Classic Lemonade

  1. Zest 2 lemons and add to the 2-cup liquid measuring cup.  Cut lemons in half.

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  2. Squeeze 8-10 lemons till you get 2 cups of lemon juice.
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  3. If you have an electric lemon squeezer, it is helpful.  Now in your measuring cup, you should have 2 cups lemon juice and zest from 2 lemons.

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  4. In a large pitcher, add zest from 2 lemons, pour 2 cups lemon juice, and 3 cups water.
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  5. Gradually add the simple syrup and taste to reach desired sweetness (I usually add 1 to 1 ¼ cup simple syrup depends on lemons I use).  I recommend to chill the lemonade for at least 1 hour.

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Mint Lemonade

  1. Make Classic Lemonade (See above).

  2. In a glass cup, combine ½ cup mint, sprinkle sugar, and a lemon wheel.

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  3. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, gently muddle the mint leaves. Transfer the mint leaves to the lemonade pitcher and stir well.  I recommend to chill the lemonade for at least 1 hour.

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Thyme Lemonade

  1. In a large pitcher, add zest from 2 lemons, pour 2 cups lemon juice, and 3 cups water.
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  2. Gradually add the thyme infused simple syrup and thymes and taste to reach desired sweetness (I usually add 1 cup to 1 ¼ cup simple syrup depends on lemons I use).  I recommend to chill the lemonade for at least 1 hour.
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To Serve

  1. In a serving pitcher, add ice and lemon slices. If you do not use all of it, do not add ice and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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  2. For mint/thyme lemonade, add more mint/thyme for decoration. Note: If you don't finish the mint lemonade the first day, discard the mint leaves as they turn brown.

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Recipe Notes

Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook.  All images and content on this site are copyright protected.  Please do not use my images without my permission.  If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe in your own words and link to this post as the original source.  Thank you.