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Old Fashioned Lemonade

Old Fashioned Lemonade is made with a lemonade concentrate that will last in the refrigerator for weeks. Recipe from old Anne Of Green Gables cookbook.  Perfect lemonade every time!

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lemonade, old fashioned lemonade
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 14 8-oz servings
Calories 88 kcal


  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • Zest from one lemon
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Cold water or sparkling water
  • Lemons slices
  • Fresh mint leaves


  1. Measure the sugar and water into a saucepan. While stirring with a wooden spoon, bring the mixture to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Let cool slightly.

  2. Add the freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon zest to the sugar syrup. Cool completely. Pour the lemonade syrup into a quart jar. Cover tightly with the lid. The syrup can be kept in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 weeks.

  3. When you’re ready to serve the lemonade, put some ice cubes in the bottom of a glass. Our ¼ cup of the lemon syrup over the ice cubes. Add ¾ cup cold water or sparkling water and stir.

  4. Float a thin slice of lemon and, if you like, a fresh mint leaf on top of each glass.
  5. The recipe makes enough syrup for 14 glasses of lemonade.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't forget to about adding fresh herbs to lemonade: Fresh basil, rosemary, mint, not to mention lavender!  Yes, lavender! 
  • Add fresh pureed fruit that is in season.  Apricot, peach (yes please), blackberries. 
  • Toss is slices of cucumbers for an extra refreshing taste. 
  • Ginger!  How could I forget fresh ginger lemonade with Thai basil?
  • Pink lemonade:  add 1/2 cup grenadine syrup to the jar of lemonade syrup and stir.
  • Strawberry lemonade:  add 2 tablespoons of puree of fresh strawberries into each glass.
  • Limeade: Replace lemon with lime juice and lime zest.
  • Beet lemonade:  1/4 - 1/2 cup beet juice (best)

Lemonade syrup will store well for up to a month.

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Lemonade
Amount Per Serving (14 g)
Calories 88
% Daily Value*
Fat 0g0%
Saturated Fat 0g0%
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 0g0%
Vitamin C 10.1mg12%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0mg0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.