In 2013, I planted 3 lemon trees in my front yard, to ensure that one day I would have enough lemons one day to make lots of lemonade. Recently I was surprised by an abundance like I had never before seen from my 2 trees in the backyard. We collected baskets and baskets of lemons.

Meyer Lemon Tree The Prudent Homemaker

Lemonade is easy–sugar, water, and lemon juice. It mixes better if you first make a sugar syrup on the stove. This takes time to cool, so if you want your lemonade cold, you’ll need to plan ahead.


Lemonade 2 The Prudent Homemaker


Makes one pitcher:



1 1/3 cups sugar

1 cup water

Boil sugar and water together until sugar is completely dissolved.


8 cups (2 quarts) cold water

1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice


Stir together syrup, cold water, and lemon juice.

Lemons The Prudent Homemaker


The number of lemons it takes to produce 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice depends on the size and type of lemons that you are using. I grow Meyer lemons, and they often grow to be huge. They are also much juicer than the Eureka lemons you find at the store, as well as a bit more frost-tolerant.

It takes anywhere from 4 to 8 lemons to produce enough juice for a batch of lemonade.