This Easy Fresh Squeezed Lemonade (refined sugar-free) is the ultimate summer refresher. It is perfectly sweet, tart and so hydrating on a hot summer day. It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar-free.
Making Fresh Squeezed Refined Sugar-Free Lemonade
Is there anything more refreshing on a sweltering hot summer day than a big icy cold glass of tart and sweet freshly squeezed lemonade? This is most definitely a rhetorical question. I think we can all agree it is like drinking a glass of sunshine. I have been making this easy homemade freshly squeezed lemonade recipe for years and decided it needed a home on the blog even though it is super simple.
My favorite thing about this recipe is how easy it is to make. I usually have the ingredients on hand and all you have to do is quickly whiz them up in your blender and pour over ice. I also love how you can adjust the sweetness to your liking. I like to make my lemonade on the sweeter side, and then pour over a ton of ice so that the ice dilutes the sweetness slightly as it chills. It is the most delicious lemonade. We usually double the recipe since there are five of us and we go through it so quickly. If I'm planning to make a gigantic batch for entertaining then I buy lemons in bulk at Costco and use my juicer instead of a hand lemon squeezer.
Ingredients for Fresh Squeezed Refined Sugar-Free Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Refined Sugar-Free Lemonade only requires three ingredients:
- maple syrup
I typically have lemons on hand (especially in the warm weather months) so I'm always able to whip up homemade lemonade without much notice or planning.
How to Make Fresh Squeezed Refined Sugar-Free Lemonade
Making homemade lemonade is easy and speedy. Simply squeeze the juice out of the lemons. I like to use this lemon squeezer for efficient and effective lemon juicing. Add the fresh lemon juice to a blender along with the maple syrup and water. I like to add ice too so I can serve it extra cold immediately after blending. That's it! Pour the lemonade over a ton of ice and garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint sprigs if desired. Simple and yet so classically elegant and summery. My kids love this recipe. My husband sometimes adds a splash vodka to the lemonade if we are entertaining. It is great for BBQs, potlucks, lazy summer days and even special occasions. For me, it is the epitome of summer.
Once you try this homemade refined sugar-free version it will be extremely difficult to ever go back to mixes or store-bought lemonade. Nothing compares to the real deal.
Lemon Selection, Storage and Nutrition
Lemons are known to be low calorie, sodium-free and high in vitamin C. In addition to packing a powerful punch of immune boosting vitamin C, a medium lemon provides 160 mg of potassium which experts say can help promote optimum health.
When selecting your lemons, choose lemons with firm, thin, and smooth skin that are heavy for their size. You can store them in your refrigerator for up to two weeks.
More refreshing and healthier summertime drinks (all refined sugar-free):Print
This Easy Fresh Squeezed Lemonade is the ultimate summer refresher. It is perfectly sweet, tart and so hydrating on a hot summer day. It is naturally sweetened with maple syrup to keep it refined sugar-free.
- ½ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 6 lemons depending on the their size)
- 1 ½ cups filtered water
- 1 ½ cups crushed ice
- 2-3 tablespoons pure maple syrup (to taste)
- Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint sprigs
- Use a lemon squeezer to freshly squeeze the juice out of 6 or more lemons until you have half a cup of fresh lemon juice. Add lemon juice to blender along with water, ice and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup. Blend on high speed for a couple seconds until everything is combined and the ice melted.
- Taste and add an additional tablespoon of maple syrup if you want it sweeter. If it is too tart you can also add more water.
- Pour overtop ice in a pitcher or in glasses.
- Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh mint sprigs if desired. Enjoy immediately.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a day. Best when fresh.
- Prep Time: 5
- Category: Beverage
- Method: Blender