Nostalgic lemonade is a warm-weather staple for a reason—nothing is quite as refreshing as a cold glass of lemony, sugary goodness. And thankfully, over the years, the Chatelaine Kitchen Team has perfected their recipes for this classic beverage. Here’s how you can make it in a snap, and punch it up with fun flavours if you’re feeling extra snazzy.
How to make lemonade
When it comes to lemonade, it’s all about nailing the ratio between your main three ingredients.
- Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Granulated sugar
- For classic lemonade, add 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/4 cup sugar for every cup of water. If you prefer your lemonade with some bubbles, swap out the water for equal parts sparkling water. And to quickly make a boozy shandy, pour equal parts lemonade and a light beer (like Corona) into a glass.
How to make pink lemonade
Many pink lemonade recipes call for a touch of cranberry juice, but we took a more flavourful route to give this beverage its signature pink hue. Try this strawberry lemonade recipe or the watermelon lemonade recipe below.
- 5 cups chopped sweet, seedless watermelon
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 2 to 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- 355mL can club soda lemon slices
- Whirl watermelon with lemon juice and sugar in a blender until smooth. Stir in club soda. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices.
How to make blender lemonade
The simplest way to make lemonade is to just throw your ingredients in a blender—it’s even easier if you use sweet Meyer lemons because you can toss ’em in with the peel still on. Here’s our Meyer lemon blender lemonade recipe:
- 1 Meyer lemon (ends cut off, cut into wedges, seeds removed)
- 2 cups water
- 3 tbsp granulated sugar
- Combine lemon, water and granulated sugar in a blender. Whirl on high for 1 min. Pour lemonade through a sieve into 2 glasses. Top with ice and serve immediately.