We have fun adding flavor to beverages and making jellies with the bounty of several potted citrus plants in our backyard.  This easy ginger citrus lemonade is a family favorite.  

The recipe is moderately sweet; my husband drinks it as is, but I like to pour a few ounces of lemonade over a half-full glass of ice water.  However you prefer it, this lemonade is refreshing and delicious.

Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Vegan

Makes 2-3 liters


  • 1 cup of citrus juice (see note below)

  • 1 cup of unbleached cane sugar, or other sweetener of your choice

  • 2” piece of fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced into thin pieces

  • 6-8 cups of water

  • Ice



  1. Squeeze citrus using a hand or electric press into a glass measuring cup.  Pour the juice into a small saucepan and heat over medium-low heat.  Add sugar and ginger slices and stir until sugar is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Set aside to cool.  
  2. In a large pitcher, add 2-4 cups of ice.  Discard the ginger slices from the citrus/sugar mixture, then pour the mixture over the ice and stir.  Add 6-8 cups of water, or to desired taste.  Stir again and enjoy!

*Note: For this recipe I tend to use whatever citrus is ready to pick.  In this particular instance, I squeezed about 20 sour calamondin oranges, 1 super juicy lemon, and 3 juicy limes.  You can use any fresh squeezed citrus juice, so get creative!  If your squeezed citrus doesn’t yield a full cup, just adjust the sweetener so that your juice-to-sugar ratio is 1:1.

Kristina Shane

This recipe is from Home Chef and OPL Community member Kristina Shane.


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