Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

‘All fruit juices make refreshing drinks and punches.’ (Mrs. De Graf’s Cook Book, 1922)

This old-fashioned lemonade is so delicious and easier to make than you’d think! It’s an old recipe: I found the homemade lemonade recipe in “Mrs. De Graf’s Cook Book”, which was published in 1922. All you need for this old-fashioned lemonade is lemons, sugar and water. You basically make a syrup which you later dilute with water.

Homemade Lemonade
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Homemade Old-Fashioned Lemonade


  • 6 – 8 lemons
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • thin strip of lemon peel

‘The best lemonade is made from prepared syrup in the proportion of two cups each of water and sugar and a thin shaving of lemon peel boiled for about ten minutes, removing any scum which may gather on the surface; cool and add the juice of six to eight lemons. Allow two tablespoons of the lemon syrup for each glass of water.

Partially fill each glass with shaved or crushed ice before pouring in the lemonade. If one does not possess an ice shaver have a small, stout canvas bag and pound the ice to the consistency of snow. This insures the mixture cooling at once and adds greatly to the attractiveness of the drink. This only applies to cool drinks served in tall glasses, and not those served from a punch bowl.’ (Mrs. De Graf’s Cook Book, 1922)

Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe
-> 1950s-style gingham dress

More old-fashioned soft drink recipes on my blog:

-> 1920s Orangeade

-> Edwardian Lemonade

-> Homemade Elderflower Cordial

-> Yellow Sweet Clover Lemonade

20 thoughts on “Old-Fashioned Lemonade Recipe

  1. Thank you for bringing this Lemonade recipe to Fiesta Friday. I tried making lemonade once. t was not very good. This recipe will do the trick! I love using old recipes too.

  2. We LOVE lemonade. LOVE the photo. Thank you for sharing at Reader Tip Tuesday – always love seeing life through your perspective. Hope to see you at this week’s party.

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