Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade

When I think of summer I immediately think of the scorching hot heat here in Texas. But I also think of refreshing, cool drinks like lemonade. So when I partnered with Equal to bring you a summer drink recipe, there was no other choice than Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

As a mom of three I’m always trying to find ways to make sure my children are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their active bodies. But kids will be kids and let’s face it, kids love sugar. Mainly candy, but candy is sugar and it’s like their bodies constantly want it.

When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

Over the past couple of years I’ve been able to tease their taste buds and offer healthier versions of the sweetness they crave by giving them apples, bananas, berries, etc. And when it comes to drinks, they want what all their friends have. Sweet drinks that are full of calories and not good for their growing bodies.

When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

My kids know they get one sweet drink a day, with the rest being water. And since it’s summer and it’s wicked hot outside, water is really what their bodies need anyway. But since lemonade is mostly water, I don’t feel the least bit guilty in letting them splurge on an extra cup — occasionally.

When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

Obviously you could make a full sugar homemade lemonade, but if you’re looking for a sugar-free variety, I hope you’ll try my Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade
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When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 6
  • 1 cup water + 4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 cup Equal Spoonful (or 24 Equal packets)
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (how many lemons you need depend on size of lemon)
  1. In a small bowl combine 1 cup of water with the Equal. Allow Equal to dissolve in water; set aside.
  2. Roll lemons on counter top until you feel the skin get softer underneath your palm. This will get the lemon juice flowing giving you more juice. In another small bowl, squeeze lemons. Use a lemon squeezer for better and faster results.
  3. Pour both bowls into a large carafe with lid; stir.
  4. Add lemon slices and ice to cups and pour lemonade over the top. Serve. Store any remaining Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade in the refrigerator.

Seriously, y’all. So refreshing and just perfect for these hot, summer days!

And you all know how I like easy, so a lemon squeezer (like this IMUSA GlobalKitchen Citrus Squeezer) is an absolute MUST when making this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade. Simply roll the lemon to get the juices flowing, cut it in half, place in lemon squeezer flat side down, and squeeze! So much easier than hand squeezing all the lemons.

When the weather is hot outside, cool down with a refreshing cup of this Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade.

Obviously we’re all different and like our lemonade different ways. A great rule of thumb is to start with one cup water, one cup sugar and one cup lemon juice. From there add in more water until you achieve the taste you like. Feel free to add in fresh fruit and herbs. I added some mint leaves to mine today. Yum!

Equal offers the same great taste of sugar without the added calories. Equal Spoonful measures cup-for-cup like sugar so it makes it easy to use as a substitute in your favorite recipes. Use it like you would use sugar; sprinkle it on your cereal or add it to your favorite beverage.

How do YOU like your lemonade?

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53 thoughts on “Sugar-Free Homemade Lemonade”

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    I can’t wait to give this a try. I love lemonade, but I rarely make it because of all the sugar. Thanks!

  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    Homemade lemonade is the BEST. It is the perfect summer drink on a hot day!

  3. LydiaF says:

    I’m a child of the 60s and 70s when koolaid was still sold unsweetened and my mother refused to buy it. She’d make us lemonade with minimal sugar and dole it out in these little 4 ounce dixie cups. They were made of paper with a waxed coating. Thanks for the memory ?

  4. Melissa Pezza says:

    I love the idea of being able to have a delicious treat like this without all of the sugar. Yay for Equal!

  5. Catherine S says:

    This sounds yummy. I love the idea of lemonade without all the added sugar.

  6. Melinda says:

    I like my lemonade fresh and tart. This sounds very good

  7. Michele says:

    I definitely an a sweet person when it comes to drinks–or a totally sour one! Thank you for the recipe for no sugar lemonade. diabetic and really have to watch that sugar intake!!

  8. Marcie W. says:

    A tasty refreshing drink without loads of sugar? The mom in me is thanking you in advance. PS – I need gorgeous platter in my life too!

  9. Jasmine says:

    Pretty picture! Ive been looking a yummy sugar free lemonade recipe, this looks perfect!

  10. Liz Mays says:

    I’d love to make some ice cold lemonade right about now. This is a great idea!

  11. Kelly Hutchinson says:

    I absolutely love lemonade made with fresh lemons. It is so refreshing on a hot day!

  12. Cinny says:

    My husband loves lemonade but I’m always worried about the sugar content. I’d love to try making it.

  13. Sabrina says:

    Lemonade is definitely one of my favorite things about summer. I pretty much drink it all the time, so I love that you have a sugar free version! I will definitely make this!

  14. Val says:

    I really enjoy the idea of being able to enjoy a delicious drink without all the sugar. This is wonderful.

  15. Marybeth Hamilton says:

    You take the best pictures. Maybe I’m just extra-thirsty on this hot day, but I’ve never seen lemonade look so refreshing!

  16. Ellen ThatChicMom says:

    This sounds delicious, I love fresh lemonade in summer. The fact that this is sugar free is great!

  17. Debbie Denny says:

    I love this. I like some sweet to mine.

  18. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    I love that this recipe is sugar free! I will have to try it out.

  19. Kristi says:

    I love “real” lemonade and this sounds like good and simple way to make it. Thanks!

  20. I haven’t made my own lemonade before. But I think I should since it is less expensive.

  21. Nicole Escat says:

    This is such a great idea i love lemode very refreshing perfect for the summer heat thanks for this idea

  22. Danielle K says:

    It’s been unbearably hot here in Florida so some lemonade sounds nice. I definitely need one of those squeezers!

  23. Allison says:

    There is nothing better than fresh lemonade in the summer time! I will have to try it with Equal the next time I make it, I’m sure it dissolves better than sugar in the raw.

  24. Lisa Garrett says:

    I love lemonade. I like to put a couple of strawberries in also.

  25. DC says:

    I love strawberry lemonade. It’s so yummy, but I haven’t tried making it myself yet. It’s on my to-do list.

  26. LaTanya says:

    cold and sweet

  27. Jason Nail says:

    Now that the dog days of summer are here, a cool lemonade is just what the doctor ordered.

  28. DJ says:

    I love strawberry iced lemonade with sugar.

  29. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    I love homemade lemonade but not all the sugar. I will have to try this recipe this afternoon. It is a hot day here and this will be so refreshing.

  30. diane says:

    I always make my lemonade from scratch. Tastes much better than store bought!

  31. Stephanie Keeping says:

    This sounds pretty good!! I love that it’s sugar free. I need to go get some lemons so I can try it!

  32. Ellen Christian (@ellenblogs) says:

    Lemonade is the perfect summer drink. It’s been so hot lately.

  33. Chrystal | YUM eating says:

    I am all about anything that doesn’t have any added sugar. I have a hard enough time getting around some of my health issues, no need to add to it.

  34. Jesse S says:

    I like my lemonade sour and cold. Oh and fresh is always the best!

  35. Heather Swarthout says:

    I definitely do not like lemonade when it’s too tart. I like strawberry lemonade the most!

  36. Shell Feis says:

    That sounds delicious! It’s supposed to be extra hot here this weekend, we’ll have to make some.

  37. kelly mcgrew says:

    i like my lemonade a little more sour than sweet!

  38. Billie R says:

    I love lemonade that comes from the fresh squeezed stands at carnivals, it is so delicious! I’ve tried making it at home and I can get pretty close.

  39. Tabathia B says:

    I like it more sweet than sour, really sweet

  40. Krissy says:

    homemade AND sugar free? Count me in for some please! Sounds delicious on a humid evening like tonight!

  41. Amanda says:

    I can’t wait to try this ! My kids love lemonade but I’m not a fan of all the sugar! This sounds yummy!

  42. Amber C. says:

    Yum I love lemonade! I will have to try this after baby girl gets here! Lemonade gives me horrible heartburn while pregnant lol

  43. stacey grantham says:

    I like my lemonade with light sugar and strawberries..very refreshing!

  44. Camesha | Mama Motivator says:

    Lemonade is definitely a go to summer drink around here. It’s a favorite of my daughter.

  45. Lexie Lane says:

    Anything that’s homemade and sugar-free sounds good to me! Lemonade is so fantastic for hot days. Can’t do it in the cold though but the heat makes you just keep wanting to drink it. Plus it’s good for you!

  46. Trisha Haas says:

    Lemonade is the best and one of my favorite treats- FROZEN!! Have you given it to your kids that way? Its like an ice cream treat!

  47. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like My Lemonade Just With A Touch Of Sugar

  48. Mary Cloud says:

    I like my Lemonade with Sugar and some Strawberries added

  49. Fariha N. says:

    This is a nice treat on a hot day. I love that it’s sugar free because my kids get enough sugar and we are trying to cut it down slowly until we don’t use it at all.

  50. Jen Rodrigues says:

    I love my lemonade freshly made and squeezed

  51. Pamela Barton says:

    I like my lemonade sweet and tart anytime of the year.

  52. Jennifer Scheldberg says:

    Very cold on ice, extra tart. Maybe with some vodka…

  53. Krystal says:

    I need a juicer like that! Very helpful. I need to give this version a try!

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