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Homemade Lemonade with a Sugar-Free Option

Prep: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 1 gallon lemonade
Author: Trisha Gilkerson


  • 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • cold water to make 1 gallon
  • *For a sugar-free version, replace sugar with 1.5 cups of xylitol and 1/8 teaspoon of pure stevia extract or to taste.


  • Squeeze lemons to make 2 cups of lemon juice. We use a contraption like this, and it makes it a fairly easy task.
  • Add the juice to a 1 gallon container.
  • Heat 1 cup of water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat until it begins to boil.
  • Turn the water off as soon as the water boils and add sugar*. Stir until dissolved.
  • Add the sugar-water to the lemon juice.
  • Fill the 1 gallon container up with cold water and ice to make a full gallon.
  • Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices or a sprig of mint!


*If making the sugar free version, simply substitute the xylitol and stevia for sugar. I've given the amount of stevia and xylitol I like to use in this recipe, but I'd suggest starting out with less and adding more to taste. Different brands of stevia can vary widely in their sweetness. If you'd prefer to use a different sweetener like honey, coconut sugar, or erythritol they can easily all be substituted for the sugar as well!
courses: Drinks
cuisine: American
keyword: cold beverage, easy, grain free, sugar free