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Secret Ingredient Lemonade

This refreshing lemonade features a secret ingredient! Can you guess what it is?

Secret Ingredient Lemonade


Okay – so not quite summer, but ALMOST SUMMER!!!

The countdown is on right now until the end of school (ONE month and counting!) so I’m starting to plan out our summer menus and treats. This lemonade is perfect!

It’s sweet, full of lemon flavor thanks to my SECRET (okay – not totally secret) ingredient, and tastes just like summer. I’m sure the kids are going to be clamoring to set up a lemonade stand this year, and this one will definitely be on the menu.

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Start with 6 fresh lemons. Wash them, and zest all of them. After the lemons are zested, juice them through a fine mesh strainer to keep the seeds out, and set aside.

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Put them lemon zest, lemon juice, water, and sugar into a medium-sized saucepan. Bring the mixture into a low simmer, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.

Strain the mixture back through a fine mesh strainer to remove the zest and let cool. Mix 2 parts water with 1 part lemon simple syrup and pour over ice. Makes approximately one quart or lemon simple syrup.

Secret Ingredient Lemonade

If you want an adult version of this – some white rum was really fantastic in it!

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Yield: 10 servings

Secret Ingredient Lemonade

Secret Ingredient Lemonade

This delicious lemonade is made with a secret ingredient! Read on to find out what it is and how EASY is it to make delicious homemade lemonade.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Lemon Simple Syrup:

  • 6 lemons, washed - zested, and juiced
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 cups sugar

Secret Ingredient Lemonade:

  • 1 part lemon simple syrup
  • 2 parts water
  • raspberries or strawberries for garnish


  1. Simmer lemon zest, lemon juice, water, and sugar over medium to medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer, and let cool.
  2. Mix 2 parts water to 1 part lemon simple syrup, and serve over ice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 1gSugar: 51gProtein: 0g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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