Ever since Beyoncé dropped her already-iconic masterpiece a few weeks ago, the world has been abuzz about Lemonade. Of course, all this talk about the album inevitably gave my food-obsessed mind a major craving for a tall, refreshing glass of freshly-squeezed actual lemonade.

Sure, I could have gone the standard route and spent a good 20 minutes squeezing a million lemons to get a measly cup of juice. But a quick Google searched proved that there’s a much easier way to get your lemonade fix, and it only requires one lemon (peel and all) and about five minutes.

Like its musical counterpart, this whole lemon lemonade is sweet, a little sour at times, and all-around perfect.


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Whole Lemon Lemonade

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:5 minutes
  • Servings:2
  • Easy


  • 1 lemon, washed
  • 2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
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  • Step 1

    Slice both ends off the lemon and discard them.

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  • Step 2

    Cut the lemon in half lengthwise, remove the seeds, then cut into chunks. Remove any excess inner pith (spongy white stuff).

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  • Step 3

    Add lemon chunks, water, sugar, and ice to a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds.

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  • Step 4

    Pour the blended mixture through a fine mesh strainer to remove any solids. Discard.

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  • Step 5

    Pour over ice, add a straw, and enjoy. This lemonade is best enjoyed immediately, as it gets a little bitter after a few hours.

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