17 Thirst-Quenching Lemonade Recipes

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Sweet, tart, and refreshing lemonades are the perfect drinks for the summer. Enjoy different variations all season long with these recipes, from Arnold Palmer to the color-changing butterfly pea flower lemonade.

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There’s truly no drink more refreshing and cooling than lemonade, especially on a hot summer day.

A traditional sweet and tart lemonade is always delicious but the simple mixture of lemon juice with water and sugar is a wonderful base for all kinds of flavors, from teas like matcha to seasonal fruits like peach or strawberry.

Here are more than a dozen variations on the classic chilled beverage, to rotate through all summer long.

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17 Refreshing Lemonade Recipes

1. Hibiscus Lemonade

Enjoy the vibrant, refreshing flavors of hibiscus lemonade.
This chilled beverage combines the tangy sweetness of lemonade with the tart and floral hibiscus tea.
With just 4 ingredients, you can make this colorful, layered drink at home.
Lemonade is poured in first, followed by the tea. Add slices of lemon for an even prettier effect.
Ingredients: Hibiscus tea, water, lemonade, ice

2. Homemade Lemonade

A balanced lemonade that’s super refreshing and super easy to make using fresh lemon juice.
A perfect ratio of lemon juice, sugar, and water makes it nicely tart and sweet.
The recipe makes 1 serving but you can easily multiply it to fill a pitcher.
Get step-by-step instructions to make this classic lemonade drink and store it in the refrigerator to make other lemonade-based drinks.
Ingredients: Lemon juice, sugar, water, ice

3. Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

This pretty drink goes from blue to purple once you add its main ingredient, butterfly pea flower tea.
The brewed tea has the unique ability to change colors when combined with an acidic ingredient like lemonade.
Butterfly pea flower lemonade is a pretty and refreshing drink to make for parties and celebrations.
It has an earthy, vegetal flavor that can be an acquired taste, but works well in a tangy lemonade.
Ingredients: Butterfly pea flower tea, water, lemonade, ice

4. Matcha Lemonade

Matcha lemonade is a playful twist on the classic half lemonade, half tea drink, the Arnold Palmer.
It replaced black tea with matcha, which has a slight bitterness that nicely complements a sweet, tart lemonade.
There's no need to buy fancy matcha to make matcha lemonade and you don't need any matcha tools, either.
The drink comes together quickly in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a tight lid.
Ingredients: Matcha, water, lemonade, ice

5. Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade

A fruity, layered lemonade made with green tea and strawberry syrup. It's a wonderful summer drink.
A caffeinated drink due to the green tea, the drink comes together in just 4 minutes with 5 ingredients.
The strawberry syrup and lemonade can be store-bought or made from scratch.
If you're looking for the perfect drink to serve for outdoor events, this is it!
Ingredients: Green tea, strawberry syrup, lemonade, water, ice

6. Mint Lemonade

Part lemonade and part peppermint tea, it's a caffeine-free drink that's cooling on a hot day.
It's sweet, tart, and full of minty flavor, it's made by creating a mint tea concentrate with hot water and peppermint tea bag.
Since there's sugar in the lemonade, there's no need for extra sugar. You can use homemade or store-bought lemonade.
Ingredients: Mint tea, lemonade, water, ice

7. Rose Lemonade

Sweet and tart from the lemonade and floral from the rose tea, this iced drink is perfect for bridal showers.
Plus, it's caffeine-free so it's kid-friendly.
Dried rose petals or buds are steeped in hot water then poured into a cup with lemonade and ice to create a lovely pink drink.
Get tips and recipe notes to make the drink perfect each and every time.
Ingredients: Dried rose buds, lemonade, water, ice

8. Lavender Lemonade

Food-grade dried lavender buds (never ones from the flower shop) are steeped in hot water to create a lavender tea. Then it's poured on top of lemonade with ice.
A refreshing floral iced drink, it's made with just 4 ingredients.
Get step-by-step instructions and ingredient notes to make this drink in just 6 minutes.
Ingredients: Dried lavender buds, lemonde, water, ice

9. Matcha Butterfly Pea Flower Lemonade

Matcha lemonade butterfly pea tea
This pretty color-changing drink combines matcha, lemonade, and butterfly pea flower tea.
As you pour the lemonade into the glass, the tea will go from blue to purple.
The trick to making layered drinks is add the sweetest ingredient first, which is the lemonade.
Once you're ready to drink, mix it all together so you taste all the flavors in one sip.
Ingredients: Lemon, water, sugar, butterfly pea flower tea, matcha, ice

10. Starbucks Iced Black Tea Lemonade

Recreate the classic Starbucks Iced Black Tea Lemonade in just 5 minutes!
Make the black tea from scratch using Tazo’s Awake English breakfast tea rather than using the concentrate for the best flavor.
Using filtered water will also give you the cleanest tasting tea.
Once the tea is brewed, mix it with the lemonade and ice using a cocktail shaker, just like the baristas do at the store.
Ingredients: English breakfast tea, water, lemonade, ice

11. Starbucks Iced Green Tea Lemonade

Save money and see how easy it is to make Starbucks Iced Green Tea Lemonade at home.
This 4-ingredient recipe is as easy as it gets. All you need to do is brew Teavana's Jade Citrus Mint Tea and shake it up with lemonade and ice.
The key to making a great green tea is to use the correct temperature and not to oversteep it, which can make it bitter.
Ingredients: Jade Citrus mint tea, water, lemonade, ice

12. Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade

This copycat recipe for the Starbucks Iced Passion Tango Tea Lemonade is made with 4 ingredients.
Passion Tango tea is a caffeine-free tea and it has the flavors of hibiscus, orange peel, rose hips, and passion fruit.
The caffeine-free iced drink combines brewed Tazo Passion Tea with lemonade and ice.
If you can't find the Tazo tea bags, you can also swap in any hibiscus tea.
The tea, lemonade, and ice are mixed together in a cocktail shaker, just like at the store. If you like it extra foamy, give it a few extra shakes.
Ingredients: Passion tea, water, lemonade, ice

13. Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea

Starbucks Medicine Ball Tea is a customer-created drink that's now a favorite during flu season.
It's now called the Honey Citrus Mint Tea on the Starbucks menu.
The soothing warm drink is easy to recreate at home with a handful of ingredients.
A combination of Teavana's Jade Citrus mint tea and Peach Tranquility tea gets the same great flavor as the one the tea used in stores.
Brew them together with lemonade, then add honey and enjoy when you're feeling under the weather.
Ingredients: Jade Citrus mint tea, Peach Tranquility tea, water, lemonade, honey

14. Arnold Palmer Drink

The Arnold Palmer is a classic summer drink that's half tea, half lemonade.
This recipe tastes great because it uses cold brewed iced tea. This method yields a milder and less astringent flavor because the tea is steeped slowly for hours.
Combined with the tart lemonade, it's so refreshing with no bitterness at all!
Ingredients: Black tea, water, lemon, sugar, ice

15. Frozen Lemonade

This super simple and delicious frozen drink is made in a blender with just 3 ingredients. Sweet and tart, this frozen lemonade is the perfect thirst-quenching drink on a hot day.
The secret to making frozen drink smooth and frothy is xanthan gum, an ingredient that’s in Frappuccinos.
Ingredients: Lemonade, xanthan gum powder, ice

16. Frozen Hibiscus Lemonade

Refreshing and perfectly sweet-tart, this frozen hibiscus lemonade is ready in 3 minutes! All you need is 4 ingredients and a blender.
Homemade lemonade has the best flavor, but to make this drink, you can also use store-bought lemonade. Since the drink is sweetened by the syrup, pick a lemonade that has less sugar for a balanced drink.
Ingredients: Lemonade, hibiscus syrup, xanthan gum, ice

17. Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

This frozen drink is made with the perfect ratio of lemonade, strawberry syrup, xanthan gum powder, and ice. It just takes 3 minutes to make in a blender.
Enjoy this frozen strawberry lemonade whenever you’re craving a refreshing and cold beverage on a hot day.
Ingredients: Lemonade, strawberry syrup, xanthan gum, ice

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17 Thirst-Quenching Lemonade Recipes

By: Jee Choe
Enjoy different lemonade variations all season long with these recipes, like this homemade lemonade below.
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Yield: 1 serving (16 ounces)


  • ¾ cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup ice


  • Combine hot water and sugar to make a simple syrup. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
    Set the temperature to 175°F if you're using an electric kettle with a temperature setting. Use filtered water if possible.
    There's no need to use boiling water. Simmered water will work well to dissolve the sugar.
  • Chill the simple sugar in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  • Once simple syrup has cooled, add the lemon juice.
  • Pour the lemonade into a cup with ice.
    Optional: Garnish with sliced lemons.


Calories: 56Carbohydrates: 15gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 21mgPotassium: 47mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 17mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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