Fourth of July is tomorrow! Happy Independence Day! I’m looking forward to doing some BBQing, maybe sitting poolside for a little while, & wrapping up the night with a bike ride to see the fireworks. My Mother in Law gave us a big basket full of beautiful, home grown lemons that are just begging to be freshly squeezed into some delicious homemade lemonade. What says summer more than an icy glass of lemonade? Serve that up next to this Sweet & Spicy burger or this Gruyere Cheeseburger Sandwich and some crisp juicy watermelon & we are good to go!

Making homemade, fresh squeezed lemonade is easier than it looks. Yes, it requires you to hand squeeze lemons, which is harder than just opening a jar of Country Time but you only need 6-8 lemons to make a pitcher. The tart lemon goes a long ways! Once you’ve squeezed your lemons, stir in a heaping cup of sugar, then fill the pitcher 3/4 of the way with water (about 4- 6 cups). Top with ice, then stir well & serve chilled! You can skip the ice step & just fill all of the way with water, but topping with ice will help cool the lemonade immediately so that its ready to serve! You guys know me, I always opt for stuff that is ready to go quickly. Once I’ve put the work into making it, I’m ready to have some!

Hand Squeezed Lemonade |

For a fun variation on hand squeezed lemonade, try making the Blackberry Peach Lemonade with Cherries that I shared last 4th of July! It has a fun red, white, & blue color scheme that is perfect for this time of year. I love serving it with pretty skewers so that I can snack on the lemonade soaked fruit that piles up in each glass.

Hand Squeezed Lemonade |

Hand Squeezed Lemonade


  • 6-8 Lemons (depending on size)
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 6 Cups Water
  • Ice as needed


  1. Hand squeeze the lemons into your pitcher.
  2. Stir in the sugar.
  3. Fill the pitcher 3/4 of the way with water (about 4- 6 cups).
  4. Top with ice.
  5. Stir well.
  6. Serve chilled!

What’s your favorite 4th of July drink?

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