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The Best Meyer Lemonade Recipe

If you’ve never had lemonade made from Meyer lemons, you’re missing out! This recipe for Meyer Lemonade is the best out there and makes the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Two cups of Meyer lemonade with straws.

The first time I had Meyer lemonade was when I visited my in-laws home in California.

They were making fresh lemonade with lemons from their tree and I didn’t think it would be anything special. Lemonade is lemonade, right?

Boy was I wrong!

Little did I know that they were using Meyer lemons to make the lemonade and it was some of the best lemonade I had ever had.

It was perfectly sweet with a beautiful dark yellow color and I was hooked!

Step-by-Step Instructions

Meyer lemons on wood cutting board.

CUT 8 Meyer lemons in half.

Meyer lemon cut in half on wood board.

USING a citrus juicer, squeeze the juice from each lemon half, emptying the juicer out as it gets full.

Meyer lemon juice in juicer.

ONCE all of the lemons are juiced, carefully pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove and seeds and pulp.

Strained lemon juice under fine mesh sieve.

COMBINE 1 cup of your freshly squeezed juice, 1 cup of granulated sugar, and 7 cups of cold water in a large pitcher. Mix well and serve cold, with ice if desired.

FAQs

Lemonade with Meyer lemons in glass cups.
What is so special about Meyer lemons?

You may be wondering why you should make your lemonade with Meyer lemons and not with traditional lemons.

Meyer lemons are sweeter and less acidic than traditional lemons, so they make for a tastier lemonade.

Meyer lemons are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin, so they have a smoother skin, a yellow-orange color, and are smaller than the average lemon.

Should you refrigerate Meyer lemons?

Yes! And if you’re not going to refrigerate them, you should at least keep them cool. My in-laws keep them in a box on their garage floor.

If it’s too hot outside to store them in your garage, your best option is to put them in a food storage bag and keep them in the fridge. Keeping them cool will keep them from drying out which means less juice and a tough rind.

Why are Meyer lemons so expensive?

If you’ve never purchased Meyer lemons before, you may be in for a rude awakening when you see the price tag.

While you can get a 2 pound bag of yellow lemons for about $3, a 1 pound bag of Meyer lemons can cost $4+.

The reason behind the expense is because the growing season for Meyer lemons is short and they are more fragile to ship.

While the price is high, the flavor is worth it!

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Meyer lemonade in glass cups.

If you don’t live in a climate that caters to growing your own Meyer lemon tree, it can be a bit tricky to know where to look for the lemons. The best way I’ve found is to use Instacart to search for retailers that carry the lemons in your area. In my area, Sprouts Farmers Market carries the lemons, so I can go there the next time I get a craving!

If you get a large batch of Meyer lemons (lucky!) and have too much juice on your hands, you can save the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. After that, it’s best to pour the juice into ice cube trays and then put the lemon juice cubes into an gallon storage bag until you’re ready to make more lemonade.

Perfect Pairings

Glass cups of Meyer lemon lemonade on wood board.

The lemonade pairs well with:

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Two cups of Meyer lemonade with straws.

The Best Meyer Lemonade Recipe

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

If you've never had lemonade made from Meyer lemons, you're missing out! This recipe for Meyer Lemonade is the best out there and makes the perfect drink for a hot summer day.

Ingredients

  • 8 Meyer lemons
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 7 cups cold water

Instructions

  1. Cut lemons in half.
  2. Using a citrus juicer, squeeze the juice from each lemon half, emptying the juicer out as it gets full or clogged.
  3. Once all of the lemons are juiced, carefully pour the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove and seeds and pulp.
  4. Combine 1 cup of your freshly squeezed juice, granulated sugar, and cold water in a large pitcher. Mix well and serve cold, with ice if desired.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 121Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 27gProtein: 1g
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