Perfectly Sweet & Sour Lemonade

My kids LOVE lemonade.  Who doesn't, really?  I prefer to mix up my own using lemon juice from concentrate and simple sugar syrup.  It's been kinda tricky for me to find that tasty ratio of lemon juice to syrup to water for a good lemonade recipe.  We like our lemonade to have a good face puckering ZING that's balanced with a wave a sweet.  After going through several gallons of test batches, I finally hit the nail on the head.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup lemon juice from concentrate
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice from concentrate
  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • 5 cups cold water

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, pour in the sugar and water.  Do not stir, just allow the water to come to a boil.  Allow to boil until the sugar dissolves and the syrup is clear.  Remove from heat.  Add in lemon juice and lime juice.

In a one gallon container/pitcher, add ice cubes and pour syrup over ice cubes to quickly cool the syrup.  Give the mixture a good stir.  Add in 5 cups of water, stir once more and serve.

The kids are going to love this one.