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Classic Lemonade

This is the classic, refreshing summertime favorite. It takes a lot of lemons to make lemonade, so get squeezing! For an extra chilly drink, scoop ice into each cup before serving.

Makes 2 quarts (8 cups)



  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (10 to 14 lemons)

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 6 cups cold water



  1. Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher or drink dispenser.*

  2. Scoop in the sugar and whisk until it’s all dissolved (you won’t see any more sugar in the mixture).

  3. Pour in the water and whisk to combine. Give it a taste; if you’d like it sweeter, whisk in more sugar.

* Stick your arm in the mouth of your pitcher or dispenser—if it’s too small for you to easily whisk the lemonade, mix the ingredients in a large bowl instead. Once it’s all combined, set your pitcher or dispenser in a sink (to catch any spills!) and carefully pour the lemonade into it.

From The Lemonade Stand Cookbook: Step-by-Step Recipes and Crafts for Kids to Make--and Sell!, by Kathy Strahs (Burnt Cheese Press, 2017)

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