Sweet Summer Lemonade

Baby Gear Loves and Not So Much Loves // 6 month update


Did you know my first blog was named lemon sugar? Yes. I thought of that name because I like(d) the color yellow and I like sugar. I only used it for a few months before deciding on The Small Things Blog and once I made the switch “Lemon Sugar” was gone for good. It sounded like a cooking blog and a cooking blog this is not!

I have a very complicated recipe for you today of things that are hard to find and challenging to work with.

You need lemons, water and sugar.


So, I’ve been a lemonade-drinker for most of my life. I really like sugar, so sweet drinks are much more preferred by me than pop (hello fellow Northerners!) or frankly anything else.

This recipe is pretty simpleΒ but if you’ve never made homemade lemonade, you should.

Sweet Summer Lemonade

12-14 lemons

2 cups sugar

water (roughly 9-11 cups)

1. In a pot, dissolve sugar in 3 cups of water over medium/low heat. Once dissolved, remove from heat and cool.

2. Juice about 12-13 lemons, reserving one to slice and drop into lemonade pitcher.Β I used a juicer, but you can also squeeze by hand. Store in refrigerator until you are ready to make the lemonade.

(steps 1 & 2 can be done up to a day ahead of time)

3. Pour lemon juice and 3/4 of the sugar/water mixture into a large pitcher. Add 4 cups of water, taste test to see how tart or sweet the lemonade is. Adjust accordingly. Add more water if it’s too strong, and if it’s too tart, add more sugar/water. If you are pouring over ice, be sure not to over-dilute the lemonade! The melting ice will dilute it a bit.


I was feeling particularly summery the day before I made this lemonade,Β so I decided to make some fruity ice cubes. I cut up lemons, limes and strawberries but left blueberries and raspberries whole. I dropped different combinations of the fruit into ice cube trays, and poured some Simply Lemonade I had in my fridge over top to create “lemonade ice cubes”. I didn’t want the lemonade I was making to get overly diluted, so I factored that in when I made the mixture.


Drop a few cubes in and pour lemonade over top!





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Divya says · 06.12.14

I would have loved a blog called “Lemon Sugar” πŸ˜€ The idea of serving it with fruity ice cubes is amazing! Might have to try that!

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Isobel says · 06.12.14

Oh my goodness how cute! Can’t imagine I’ll be making this in Winter but when Summer comes around in Australia…definitely πŸ™‚ xx


Lauren says · 06.12.14

I must give this a try in Summer πŸ™‚

Angela says · 06.12.14

This looks delish! I have always loved lemonade although never attempted to make it on my own from scratch. Someday….. I hope to try this. Thanks!

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Erin says · 06.12.14

I JUST made this last night for company coming over today! Every time I make it my kids say it tastes just like summer! Yummy!

Ashley @ LeavingTheRut says · 06.12.14

This looks absolutely delicious! And I love the fruit ice cubes. It is going to be a hot one here in Puerto Rico, I might just have to mix some of this up!
Pinning now, thanks for sharing!

Lisa Kay says · 06.12.14

Thanks for sharing this! I love the glass you are using! Any idea where you got it? Love your blog!!

Kate says · 06.12.14

I don’t know, sorry! I got it for my wedding shower about 5 years ago!

KE says · 06.12.14

Love this. Market here I come with my Small Things Lemonade Shopping List!! Thank you Kate!

Christina Storm says · 06.12.14

Yum! This looks amazing!

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Julie says · 06.12.14

Hi Kate, I’m definitely going to be making this recipe. Here in the High Desert in Calif it’s been in the high 90’s for weeks now.Lots of swimming and fun. BTY, the Snappers at my Costco are in,,,So Yummy!!

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Amy Duke says · 06.12.14

Something children and adults will enjoy this summer! Thanks Kate. POP!! (from Michigan) πŸ˜‰

Meredith says · 06.12.14

I love the ice cubes, I couldn’t help but notice how perfectly “cubed” they are. I need a nice cube tray that makes them like that!

Theresa @ AMomInTheMaking says · 06.12.14

Totally appreciate the pop reference!!

Christy says · 06.12.14

This sound delicious to drink lemon with sugar during summer! I like real lemon over kool aid. Can you create tag on pull down menu on top for recipes. I try to search your different recipes but there is no tag found on your blog. Thanks!

Elizabeth says · 06.12.14

Look at you Smarty pants! Nice idea with the lemon ice cubes! Thanks for this recipe

Allison says · 06.12.14

Love this! I have always been a lemonade drinker myself. Thanks for the fun tips, I’m going to use this at our next party πŸ™‚

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Natty says · 06.12.14

It looks delicious! β™₯

Nicole says · 06.12.14

I love the ice cubes! What kind of ice cube tray do you use?

Elizabeth says · 06.17.14

Nicole, they have them at Target! Most likely where she bought them πŸ˜‰

Elyse says · 06.12.14

This looks amazing! It would be the perfect drink to go with the plum jam and toast I just made. I will have to give it a try.

Arianne says · 06.13.14

I LOVE lemonade!! and those cubes too πŸ˜€

Kylie Storm Crichton says · 06.13.14

Those fruity ice cubes are such a cute idea! This looks yummy πŸ™‚


Pamela Emily says · 06.13.14

Your Blog is so lovely ! <3
maybe visit my blog? πŸ™‚

Ana says · 06.14.14

Perfect for summer :))

Ingrid says · 06.14.14

What a lovely idea, the lemonade cubes n_n

Eesh says · 06.17.14

Such a fun idea!

I’ve been told that I make a mean lemonade but I’ve never thought about making fruit cubes. I’m on it!

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Allison says · 06.19.14

So cute!!!! Definitely going to try with the kids I babysit!

Kimberly says · 06.23.14

I really like that ice cube idea, I can’t believe I’ve never done it before, I am going to have to make some!


Sjoukje says · 07.16.14

This looks so delicious! I’m actually going to try this out! x

Serena Reidy says · 04.26.15

The fruity ice cubes look like an interesting and unique idea. I love lemonade and it tastes so much better homemade.