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Simple Lemon Syrup

Author: Jee Choe
Add a little sweetness and burst of brightness to tea with homemade lemon syrup.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Drinks
Yield8 servings


  • ¾ cup lemon juice (6 lemons)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  • Put all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer.
    Stir to make sure sugar dissolves completely.
  • Take off heat and cool.
  • Strain and pour syrup into an airtight container.
    Use a mesh strainer to separate the lemon zest from the syrup. The syrup will keep for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.


  • Recipe makes 1 cup (16 tablespoons) of lemon syrup.
  • Use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup for each cup.
  • Don't heat the syrup for too long on the stovetop, otherwise it'll get too thick and won't be as easy to add to iced drinks.

Syrup Uses

  • Add lemon syrup in sparkling water to make lemon flavored soda.
  • Pour syrup into iced tea to make lemon iced tea.
  • Add syrup to butterfly pea flower tea to change the color of blue tea to purple.
  • Use lemon syrup on pancakes.
  • Drizzle syrup on slices of pound cake.
  • Add it to ginger tea to make lemon ginger tea.


Calories: 78 | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 1mg
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