Infused with green apples and flavored with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, this apple lemonade is perfect for sipping while enjoying cool autumn weather.

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Side view of two glasses of apple lemonade, garnished with slices of lemon and apple and pictured on a wooden board with more fruit and a full pitcher of apple lemonade in the background.

About Apple Lemonade

Make the best of a fall harvest by serving up a refreshing batch of ice-cold apple lemonade. With classic lemonade flavor infused with the taste of crisp green apples, there’s no better refreshment to have while you wait for the weather to cool down.

What’s in apple lemonade?

To whip up a refreshing pitcher of apple lemonade, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Water and sugar – For creating the sweet base of the lemonade.
  • Green apples – The namesake of this recipe! You can also substitute this for red apples if you’d like. Both would be delicious!
  • Lemon zest and lemon juice – For creating that classic lemonade flavor.
Side view of a full glass of apple lemonade garnished with apple and lemon slices, pictured on a wooden board and with apples, sliced lemons, and tall pitcher filled with apple lemonade in the background.

How many lemons do you need?

This recipe calls for about 1 cup of lemon juice and roughly three tablespoons of lemon zest. For the juice alone, you’ll need about two lemons total. Squeezing two lemons would also give you plenty of lemon juice for this recipe.

You can also use store-bought lemon juice for this recipe.

Can you add alcohol?

Certainly! This recipe is great for making spiked apple lemonade. However, if you do add any spirits, keep in mind that you may want to add some additional sugar directly to the lemonade.

To make spiked lemonade:

  • If you’re using vodka, rum, or something similar, I’d recommend adding about half a cup.
  • If you’re using champagne or wine, you can add anywhere from one or two cups.
Top down view of two glasses of apple lemonade, pictured on a wooden board and surrounded by more cut lemons and fruit.

Can you make apple lemonade in advance?

Yes, you totally can!

For best results, I’d recommend making this lemonade within one to two days before you intend to serve it. Lemonade can be stored in a covered pitcher in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

How long is apple lemonade good for?

Once prepared, homemade lemonade can be stored in the refrigerator in a covered pitcher for up to 10 days.

Notes & tips for apple lemonade

  • Whenever possible, freshly squeezed lemon juice is best.
  • When serving, add ice to the serving cups, not the pitcher. This will keep the lemonade from getting watered down.
  • If you’re using fresh lemon juice and don’t want the pulp, pour it through a mesh strainer.
Close up top side view of a glass of apple lemonade, showing off the slices of lemon and apple on top.

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How to make apple lemonade

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Prepare the lemon simple syrup by bringing some water and lemon zest to a boil in a small saucepan. Whisk in the sugar until dissolved, then let the sauce simmer for a while. When done, strain the syrup into a pitcher and discard any solids. Set the pitcher aside for now.

Step 2 – In a food processor, add the diced apples and some more water, then blend until the apples are thoroughly broken up. When done, strain the apple juice into the pitcher with the lemon simple syrup and discard any solids.

Step 3 – Add the lemon juice and remaining water to the pitcher, then mix well.

Step 4 – Let chill!

Step 5 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Side view of two glasses of apple lemonade, garnished with slices of lemon and apple and pictured on a wooden board with more fruit and a full pitcher of apple lemonade in the background.
5 from 1 vote

Apple Lemonade

30 mins prep + 2 hrs Chilling Time
223 kcal
Yields: 5 drinks
Infused with green apples and flavored with fresh lemon juice and lemon zest, this apple lemonade is perfect for sipping while enjoying cool autumn weather.

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, add 1 cup water and lemon zest. Bring to a boil.
    4 cups water, 3 tablespoons lemon zest
  • Whisk mixture and slowly pour in sugar. Continue to mix until sugar has dissolved.
    1 cup granulated sugar
  • Remove saucepan from heat. Pour mixture through a mesh strainer into a pitcher; discard lemon zest caught by strainer. Set aside for now.
  • In a food processor, add diced green apples and 1 cup water. Pulse for 1-2 minutes or until apple is thoroughly broken up.
    3 green apples, 4 cups water
  • Pour contents through a mesh strainer into the pitcher with lemon mixture; discard apple pulp and skin caught by strainer.
  • Pour lemon juice and remaining 2 cups water in the pitcher. Stir well.
    1 cup lemon juice, 4 cups water
  • Refrigerate apple lemonade for 2 hours or until chilled.
  • Serve immediately with lemon and apple slices as garnish (optional)

Nutrition

Serving: 1drink | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 12mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 53g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 29mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 0.2mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy