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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Tea Sommelier’s Tips

Fresh squeezed lemon juice is best.

Homemade lemonade always tastes better and allows for more control over the sugar levels, but store-bought is convenient and quick.

Go with whatever you have available, depending on how much time you have to make a drink.

If you’re squeezing a lot of lemons, a citrus juicer will speed things up.

Sweeten drinks with simple syrup.

You likely won’t need any additional sugar if using store-bought lemonade, but if you’re making one from scratch, use simple syrup (sugar water).

Since it’s already a liquid, it’ll thoroughly mix with the lemonade to add sweetness without any graininess.

You can also use flavored syrups to make a unique-tasting lemonade.

Use filtered water for both the beverage and ice.

Filtered water produces the best-tasting drink because it removes impurities.

Always make your drinks with filtered water and ice made with filtered water whenever possible.

Make tea ahead of time.

Brewed tea will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Just make to leave any ice out so it doesn’t dilute the flavor.

Assemble the beverage by adding lemonade when you’re ready to drink.

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17 Best 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. Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

Juicy blueberries are the star of this bright and bubbly lemonade.
It's the perfect drink to make in the summer, when blueberries are at peak ripeness.
The berries are muddled together with agave to bring out their sweetness even more, then combined with lemon juice, sparkling water, and ice.
Ingredients: Blueberries, agave, lemon juice, ice

16. Cucumber Lemonade

This 5-ingredient lemonade is cooling and invigorating!
Puree the cucumber in a blender, then run it through a sieve to get a pulp-free juice. Then, stir it together with a homemade simple syrup and fresh squeezed lemon juice.
The recipes makes a large pitcher that's perfect for bridal showers, cookouts, and other summer parties.
Ingredients: Cucumber, lemon juice, sugar, water, ice

17. Watermelon Lemonade

Summer isn't complete without watermelon! Here, the juicy fruit is blended with lemon juice to for a vibrant lemonade.
If you prefer a smoother drink, you can strain it, but that's not a required step.
This recipe makes enough for 5 glasses, perfect for a small get-together.
Ingredients: Watermelon, lemon juice, sugar, water

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About Jee Choe

Welcome! I'm a certified Tea Sommelier and a self-proclaimed bubble tea and iced tea master. I'm all about making tea EASY and DELICIOUS.

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