Old fashioned Homemade Lemonade

Old Fashioned Homemade Lemonade

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This simple drink is easy to make, refreshing and full of vitamin C. It is not as sweet and heavy as most shop-bought lemonades and is free from artificial colours and flavours. You may need a few extra lemons to make up the amount as they vary in size.
Servings: 8
Calories: 97
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes


  • 10 large lemons
  • 4 oz caster sugar
  • 1 lime
  • Sprigs of mint for decoration


  • Pare the rind from 9 of the lemons using a vegetable peeler. Take care to avoid the white pith. Squeeze out and strain the juice to make up 3/4 pint (450ml).
  • Put the lemon rind into a large, heatproof bowl, add the sugar and pour in 2/6 pints (1.4 litres) of boiling water. Stir until the sugar dissolves, then cover and leave to stand for 30 minutes.
  • Strain the lemon liquid into a large jug and stir in the lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours, until it is really well chilled.
  • Place a big block of ice or ice cubes into a large serving jug. Cut the remaining lemon and the lime into slices and add to the jug. Pour the lemonade into the jug and decorate with mint leaves.
  • This lemonade will keep in the refrigerator for a week, but avoid adding any ice before storing as this will dilute the flavour.
Calories: 97 kcal
Carbohydrates: 28 g
Protein: 2 g
Fat: 1g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Sodium: 3 mg
Potassium: 195 mg
Fiber: 4 g
Sugar: 18 g
Vitamin A: 34 IU
Vitamin C: 74 mg
Calcium: 38 mg
Iron: 1 mg
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