9 Homemade Lemonade Recipes To Try

Lemonade is the best way to stay hydrated in the summer months. DESIblitz have put together some delicious lemonade recipes that will leave you refreshed and revitalised.


"A jug of lemonade suits every occasion."

Ice-cold lemonade is the ideal drink for long days and hot summer months.

Whether it’s to sip at the poolside, drink at a pub, or to entertain your friends at party, a jug of lemonade suits every summer occasion.

These homemade recipes are quick and easy to make, and with several different flavours to experiment with, there is at least one which will tantalise your taste buds.

1. Freshly Squeezed Pink Lemonade

Pink Lemonade


  • 4 lemons
  • A box of strawberries
  • A handful of cherries
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (equates to approximately 4 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon of grape juice
  • Pink food colouring


  1. In a small saucepan, mix 2 cups of water, sugar and lemon peel on a low boil.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and dispose of the lemon peel.
  4. In a large pitcher/jug, combine the water, lemon juice, grape juice and sugar mixture together.
  5. Add ice and food colouring.
  6. Garnish with lemon slices, strawberries and cherries.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

2. Tulsi Lemonade

Tulsi Lemonade


  • 1 cup of washed Tulsi or basil
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 and a half cups of water
  • 1 medium sized lemon


  1. Grind together basil leaves and sugar.
  2. Add water and grind the mixture until it has blended well.
  3. Squeeze and strain the lemon to create juice.
  4. Pour into a serving glass and add ice.

Recipe adapted from Desi Fiesta

3. Lavender Lemonade

Lavender lemonade


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of dried lavender flowers
  • 1 cup of lemon juice (equates to approximately 4 lemons)
  • Lemon slices
  • Lavender petals
  • Purple food colouring (optional)
  • Ice cubes


  1. In a large saucepan, combine two cups and water and sugar, and bring to boil.
  2. Leave on heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Remove from heat and add lavender.
  4. Let the lemonade stand for 1-2 hours.
  5. Strain the lavender and press it down to get all of the juice.
  6. Dispose of the lavender.
  7. Add lemon juice and honey.
  8. Stir in cold water.
  9. Add some purple food colouring, as this will enhance the presentation and appeal.

Lavender Lemonades are luscious if you have a sweet tooth!

Recipe adapted from The Cookie Rookie

4. Nimbu Paani

Nimbu Paani


  • 1 medium sized lemon
  • 2 glasses of chilled water
  • 1 teaspoon of cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon of chaat masala
  • Rock salt as required
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • A few mint leaves
  • A few lemon slices (optional)
  • Ice cubes


  1. Pour the water into a container.
  2. Slice the lemons and squeeze them to create lemon juice. Dispose of the seeds.
  3. Add the sugar, salt, mint leaves, ice cubes, lemon cubes, chaat masala and cumin powder.
  4. Stir until all the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Pour into tall glasses and add lemon slices.

Recipe adapted from Flavours of Mumbai

5. Blueberry Blast Vodka Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade


  • 5 lemons
  • 2 limes
  • Mint
  • 140 grams of caster sugar
  • 1 litre of cold water
  • Blueberry flavoured vodka
  • Ice cubes


  1. Ensure that 3 of the lemons are unwaxed, and chop into quarters.
  2. Tip the lemons, sugar and half the water into a food processor and blend until the lemon is fine.
  3. Pour the mixture into a sieve over a bowl, then press through as much juice as you can.
  4. Add the remaining water, lemons, and mint.
  5. Stir for a few minutes.
  6. Fill a pitcher with ice and pour in the mixture.
  7. Add as much blueberry vodka as you desire.

Recipe adapted from My Diary of Us

6. Lychee Lemonade

lycheee lemonade


  • 12 or more lychees
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 mint leaves
  • 1 medium sized lemon
  • Ice cubes


  1. Remove the pink shell from the lychees and use a knife to remove the inner seed.
  2. Place the lychee flesh, lemon juice, water, sugar and mint leaves into a blender.
  3. Blend together until well combined.
  4. Squeeze the lemons to create juice.
  5. Strain the lemon juice in order to make it smooth.
  6. Pour the mixture into a glass and add ice.

Recipe adapted from Desi Fiesta

7. Sparkling Ginger Lemonade

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  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root
  • 2 cups of chilled soda
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • Ice cubes


  1. Bring the honey, water and ginger into a saucepan to boil over a heat.
  2. Remove from the heat, then steep and strain the mixture for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the ginger and leave the mixture to stand.
  4. When it’s cool, stir in soda water and lemon juice.
  5. Pour ice into a pitcher and add the mixture.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

8. Malibu Orangeade

Lemon Orangeade


  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 lemons squeezed into cups (should equate to about ¾ cup of lemon juice)
  • 2-3 sliced lemons
  • 3 oranges squeezed into cups (should equate to about ¾ cup of orange juice)
  • 2 tablespoons of grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon of grated orange peel
  • Ice cubes
  • Malibu


  1. In a small saucepan, bring half of the water and all of the sugar to boil.
  2. Simmer for 10 minutes, then leave until cool.
  3. Transfer into a pitcher.
  4. Add lemon juice, orange juice and the lemon peels.
  5. Cover and leave in the fridge for an hour.
  6. Stir in remaining water.
  7. Add Malibu, ice and lemon slices.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

9. Kiwi Lemonade

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  • 8 kiwis all peeled, divided and chopped.
  • ¾ cup of sugar
  • ¾ cup of lemon juice
  • 1 litre of chilled, carbonated water


  1. Cut the kiwis and place in a food processor.
  2. Process the kiwis until the mixture is smooth.
  3. Strain the mixture and dispose of the pulp.
  4. Stir sugar and lemon juice together in a large jug, until the sugar has dissolved.
  5. Stir in the kiwi puree and refrigerate until chilled.
  6. Add the carbonated water to the mixture, and then add ice.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

With so many fresh, fruity and fabulous lemonade flavours to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice!

Daniella is an English undergraduate. Aside from reading and writing, she enjoys swimming, music and spending time with her family, friends and pet cats! Her motto is: “Do what makes you happy and appreciate the opportunities that are given to you.”

Images courtesy of Blend With Spices, What's Gaby Cooking, Saffron Trail, Bliss Home Happiness, Dishmaps, Zorba Entertainment, and Averie Cooks.

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