Learn to make this easy sweet, tart Single Serving Lemonade recipe in just minutes with lemon juice and sugar, or make a low-calorie version with Splenda.
The perfect simple recipe for homemade lemonade for one or a crowd. The recipe is just a ratio of 2 parts lemon juice to 1-2 parts sugar to 5-6 parts water—make one glass of lemonade at a time or a pitcher. Always taste test, and more sugar may be needed.
Even with regular sugar, a glass of lemonade is only 105 calories, and with granular Splenda®️, it comes in at 30 calories—a good fit for a healthy diet like a low-calorie or low-fat diet. Or make a low-carb keto lemonade for your low-carb keto diet.
- Lemon juice—freshly squeezed or bottled
- Sugar—regular sugar or granular Splenda®️
- Use cold water, and stir well.
- I suggest starting at 1 part sugar, 2 parts lemon juice, and 5 parts water.
- Taste test and add more sugar if needed.
- You can use granular Splenda®️ as a 1 to 1 substitute for sugar.
- 2 tablespoons (⅛ cup) granulated Splenda is equal to 3 packets. But adjust to your taste. Or use regular sugar.
- 2 tablespoons Splenda = 12 cal vs 2 tablespoons sugar = 97 calories
This varies by the size and shape of the cubes. A cup of ice cubes will be ½ to ¾ cup of water.
Assume 2 tablespoons per medium size fresh lemon, but this will vary by the type and size of lemons. The general range for a medium size of lemon is 2-3 tablespoons. While a large lemon may yield 4-5 tablespoons.
Raspberry Lemonade Variation
The Raspberry version is 206 calories with sugar and 36 calories with Splenda®️ in a total volume of about 2 ½ cups.
For the raspberry lemonade, first, make the tea in hot water, then add the sugar and ice.
1 Raspberry herbal tea bag
¼ cup Sugar or Granulated Splenda
¼ cup lemon juice
1 ½ cups water-near boiling
2 cups ice cubes
Single Serving Lemonade Recipe
Regular Lemonade-about 12 oz glass
- 2-4 tablespoons sugar to taste - or Granulated Splenda®️
- ¼ cup lemon juice (juice of 1 medium lemon) - or ReaLemon®️
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup ice cubes
Raspberry Lemonade makes about 18 oz
- 1 Raspberry herbal tea bag
- ¼ cup lemon juice - 1 medium lemon or ReaLemon
- 1 ½ cup very hot water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- ¼ cup sugar - or Granulated Splenda®️
- Just mix for the regular lemonade.
- Taste test and add a splash of lemon juice or sugar if needed for your taste.
For Raspberry Splenda Lemonaid
- Add tea bag to 1 ½ cups of very hot water for 5 minutes. I used a hot water dispenser, or you can boil or microwave the water.
- Mix tea, sugar, and lemon juice in a large glass.
- Add ice.
Your Own Private Notes
- Assume one medium lemon will yield about 2 tablespoons lemon juice. But this can vary from 2-3 tablespoons of juice.
- Ice cubes will vary in the amount of water per cup of ice depending on size and shape.
- 2 tablespoons granular Splenda®️ = 12 cal vs 2 tablespoons sugar = 97 calories
- The nutrition is calculated as regular lemonada with sugar.
Raspberry Lemonade variationThe Raspberry version is 206 calories with sugar and 36 calories with granular Splenda®️ in a total volume of about 2 ½ cups. For the raspberry lemonade, first, make the tea in hot water then add the sugar and ice.
- 1 Raspberry herbal tea bag
- ¼ cup Sugar or Granulated Splenda
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- 1 ½ cups water-near boiling
- 2 cups ice cubes
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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