Old Fashioned Lemonade – refreshingly simple!

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Well it was the hottest day of the year yesterday and so I thought it was high time that I made this Old Fashioned Lemonade that I first made at school. The recipe has been in my Home Economics index box along with all my other school recipes for decades and I had never revisited it! Having had some supermarket premium old fashioned lemonade at the weekend I knew that I didn’t want mine to be as sickly sweet but more light and refreshing. Hence I cut down the amount of sugar in my old school recipe and gave the method a bit of an overhaul but kept to the main principal of steeping the sugar and parred lemon strips in boiling water for a really good depth of flavour. Pith does not give a good flavour so I wanted to avoid it and concentrate on the lemon juice and zestiness of the peel.

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So amid the sweltering heat yesterday my family were literally champing at the bit to have a glass of my Old Fashioned Lemonade. “Delicious” and “really refreshing” were the a couple of their comments although my daughter said it was “a bit too lemony”! I asked here if it wasn’t sweet enough, to which she replied “no” but within moments here glass was empty and she was onto the next one so I think she’s just not used to the zesty taste!

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I do hope you try my Old Fashioned Lemonade which I’m sure has less sugar in it than most if not all of the premium chilled ones on the market and is far cheaper to make too. Plus to save pennies wash your own lemons rather than buying unwaxed ones!


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Old Fashioned Lemonade - refreshingly simple!
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Old Fashioned Lemonade - no fizz just lemon juice, zest and a little sugar for the perfect refreshing summer drink!
Serves: 1.35 ltrs
  • 3 large unwaxed (or washed) lemons
  • 130g granulated sugar
  • 750 mls boiling water + 500 mls cold water
  • Garnish
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • Ice cubes
  1. Start by placing 500 mls cold water in the fridge to cool.
  2. Thinly par (slice or peel) the rind off the lemons in strips (trying to avoid as much pith as possible).
  3. Place the parred lemon strips with the sugar in a heat proof jug and pour on the boiling water.
  4. Agitate with a wooden spoon to help dissolve the sugar and leave to infuse for 20 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile cut the 3 lemons in half and juice then place in fridge.
  6. Once the 20 minutes is up remove the parred lemon strips with a slotted spoon (or strain). Add the chilled water and juice.
  7. Place back in fridge and when ready to serve add the lemon slices and plenty of ice.
  8. Enjoy!

Old Fashioned Lemonade - Fab Food 4 All

For more summer refreshment you might like the following:

Peach & Rhubarb Iced Tea – Tin & Thyme
Raspberry Lemonade – Recipes from a Pantry
Homemade Strawberry & Mint Lemonade – Coffee & Vanilla
Non Alcoholic Mojito – Fab Food 4 All

I am entering my Old Fashioned Lemonade into:

Credit Crunch Munch – run by myself and Fuss Free Flavours and this month hosted by Lancashire Food.
Simple & in Season – run by Feeding Boys.
Eating Al Fresco – Munchies & Munchkins

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  1. Janice

    I love the sharpness of homemade lemonade, it’s so refreshing too.

    1. Camilla

      Yes, I must make some more:-)

  2. Amy Fidler

    Think i’ll attempt this,for my next BBQ x

    1. Camilla

      Great Amy:-)

  3. Amy Fidler

    Love old fashioned lemonade and love this recipe x

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Amy, it is lush:-)

  4. Richard Eldred Hawes

    I often think that you cannot beat some of the old recipes

    1. Camilla

      I agree:-)

  5. A S,Edinburgh

    This looks gorgeous. I love the idea of a lemonade recipe featuring less sugar; I think I bought a low-sugar natural lemonade once and it tasted much nicer than the standard varieties anyway, so I’d love to be able to make some at home!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks, it is lush:-)

  6. glenn hutton

    This is at my level of difficulty and sounds delicious 🙂 will try this recipe out!

  7. Richard Eldred Hawes

    So easy to make and so much better than what you buy in the shops

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Richard:-)

  8. Lindsey Stuart

    I love lemonade, I used to make some with my mum when I was younger! I will be trying this with my little girl, thankyou for sharing with us.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Lindsey, enjoy:-)

  9. William Gould

    I do love proper lemonade, something that has a real smack to it!

  10. Katie Bryson

    Such a refreshing drink on a muggy summer’s day… I’ve never actually made this myself and am bookmarking for future reference!!! Lush pictures Camilla – very very summery! Thanks again for hooking up with this month’s Simple and in Season 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Katie, always a pleasure to take part in Simple & in Season:-)

  11. Pauline Burroughs

    This sounds delicious and refreshing. I’m really going to have to give this a try x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Pauline:-)

  12. This looks so refreshing . Going to give it a go over the weekend.. x

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous, do let me know what you think:-)

  13. Ickle Pickle

    Oh this looks so delicious – I bet it is super refreshing too! I will definitely try and make some. Kaz x

    1. Camilla

      Great Kaz, enjoy:-)

  14. kate @veggie desserts

    OOoooh lemonade is perfect for this weather! Looks so refreshing.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Kate, just what we needed in the heatwave!

  15. All That I'm Eating

    You’re so right about this Camilla, sometimes simple is just the best and this is perfect for summer.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, simple is how we like it here:-)

  16. Kavey

    I do love homemade lemonade. When I was a kid, my mum made nimbu pani (lemon water), and so did family in India, similarly simple and refreshing!

    1. Camilla

      Fab Kavey, I bet it was lovely:-)

  17. Helen @ family-friends-food.com

    That sounds SO refreshing! Definitely needed some this week – phew! Scorchio!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Helen, yes total refreshment and much needed this week-)

  18. Lucy

    Well my girls will certainly love this and I like the fact you reduced the sugar so we will be trying to make our own lemonade over summer.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Lucy, hope your girls enjoy it:-)

  19. Cathy @ Planet Veggie

    I made lemonade a few months ago for the first time. This has reminded me to make some more, especially as the weather’s perfect for it now!

    1. Camilla

      Glad to have reminded you:-)

  20. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I’ve not made homemade lemonade in such a long time, but wee Cooper has been asking if we can make some so I better try this recipe soon. Stumbled, yummed, pinned and tweeted 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Aah, Cooper has good taste, many thanks Jacs:-)

  21. Helen Clark

    This sounds so nice, especially for the warm weather we’ve been having! I’ll definitely have a go at making it myself soon.

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Helen:-)

  22. Erin Ek Rush

    ohhh.. that sounds perfect for this weather and I love things really lemony!

    1. Camilla

      It is super tasty, thanks Erin:-)

  23. Rhian Westbury

    I love traditional lemonade but never realised how simple it was to make yourself. I’d definitely have to make mine extra lemony x

    1. Camilla

      Me too, don’t know why I’d left it this long to make:-)

  24. Jo Wiggins

    Sounds very refreshing – I’ll be giving this a try x

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jo, excellent:-)

  25. Paighton Millington - The Lazy Baker

    Yum! I’ve always wanted to make homemade lemonade. This recipe is definitely going on my to do list

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Paighton:-)

  26. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain

    Ooh I could just do with a nice jug of that in the fridge today Camilla, it looks so refreshing & I imagine it’s far far far nicer than shop bought stuff. I’m glad it’s not just me that has clung onto her recipe note book from school – I often find myself flicking through it even now. 🙂
    Angela x

    1. Camilla

      I was mad about Home Economics so even have books from when I was 11 LOL:-)

  27. Maya Russell

    I have never made homemade lemonade but having tasted other’s I know that you can’t beat it. Perfect for a hot day.

    1. Camilla

      You need to make some then Maya:-)

  28. Heather Haigh

    Haven’t made this for years, used to love it, you’ve inspired me to start making it again. The colour of yours is fab.

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Heather:-)

  29. Nicola

    You have great timing on this – literally the other day I was at a fair and they had delicious fresh lemonade but it was SO expensive, and I thought I should just make my own!


    1. Camilla

      Excellent, much better to make your own:-)

  30. Jacqueline Bellefontaine

    Love, love, love, homemade lemonade. Recently touring Spain one hotel we stayed in had flasks of ice cold lemonade to help yourself to. It was so refreshing when the mercury reaches 30C plus. This method is just like I made it at school (or college cant remember which) its a classic and it works.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacqueline, yay to the old fashioned way of making Old Fashioned Lemonade:-) How lovely that it was in your hotel!

  31. Linzi - Lancashire Food

    I love real lemonade, perfect post for the hot weather we are currently experiencing. Thanks for linking up with credit crunch munch

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Linzi, yes I need this on tap at the moment!

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