A sweetened lemon beverage guaranteed to refresh
Makes 3 litres
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Cool down with glasses of homemade, freshly squeezed lemonade – a refreshingly simple beverage that always makes a splash. Use soda water instead of iced water for an extra fizz.


  • 4 lemons, approximately
  • 3½ cup caster sugar
  • 1 tbsps (15g) citric acid
  • 2 tsps (7.5g) tartaric acid
  • 1.9 litre (7½ cups) boiling water
  • Soda water or iced water, for serving

Remove the rind thinly from one of the lemons and cut into thin strips (or use a zester). Combine the lemon rind, sugar, citric acid and tartaric acid in a large heatproof bowl.


Pour boiling water over sugar mixture, stir until sugar is dissolved. Squeeze the juice from the lemons; you will need 1¼ cups (310 ml) juice. Stir the juice into the sugar mixture; cool.


Strain the lemon mixture into sterilised bottles and keep refrigerated.


To serve, use two pails (round-shaped, handled container or bucket) of lemon syrup to one part soda water (or iced water), or mix to taste.

Alternatively to ready-to-drink lemonade, this recipe makes 2.5 litres of syrup. Undiluted lemon mixture will keep up to two weeks in the fridge.

Photo: bauersyndication.com.au

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