Freshly squeezed lemonade is a summertime favorite. Make this recipe for sugar-free lemonade, and you’ll have one of the best keto drinks for summer!
If you have ever been to an amusement park, county fair, or state fair, you may already know how popular fresh-squeezed lemonade is.
Furthermore, if you have enjoyed a glass of it, you probably understand why there are long lines of people waiting at the fresh-squeezed lemonade stand.
The long wait is usually worth it because lemonade from fresh lemon juice tastes better than anything of its kind!
It’s perfectly refreshing; plus, it will help to keep you hydrated in the hot sun.
Ever wondered if you can have lemonade on the keto diet? The answer is, yes, you can! This sugar-free lemonade recipe is perfect and will keep you within your macros.
Ingredients Needed For Sugar-Free Lemonade
There are four simple ingredients in this refreshing drink, and they are all really easy to find.
Here’s what you need:
You’ll need about 5 lemons to make 8 cups of lemonade. Jarred lemon juice won’t work as well as fresh lemons. So, use the fruit – it works so much better!
The type of water isn’t as important since you are using lemon juice and sweetener. If your tap water has an aftertaste, consider using filtered or bottled water for this lemonade recipe.
Monk Fruit Drops
Any type of granular or liquid sugar-free sweetener will taste delicious in this drink. I used monk fruit drops because they don’t have a strong aftertaste, and they dissolve really well in the water.
Please note: Check out the recipe card at the bottom for a full list of ingredients used to make this low-carb recipe.
Here are a few ways you can change this lemonade recipe to make it completely different.
- Add other fruity flavors. Use a melon baller to make balls of watermelon, casaba melon, or other low-carb melon of your choice.
- Try kiwi. Add slices of kiwi fruit. Not only will the lemonade taste amazing, but it will also be beautiful!
- Spike it. A splash of vodka will turn ordinary sugar-free lemonade into an adults-only keto drink.
How To Make Sugar-Free Lemonade
All of the exact steps are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post. First, here are some additional tips and information.
Mix All The Ingredients In The Pitcher
Squeeze the lemon juice, add the lemon slices and the sweetener with the water in the pitcher. Leave room for ice so that it keeps the lemonade nice and cold.
Store It In The Refrigerator
Then, just store it in the refrigerator. Yes, it really is that easy!
You don’t need any fancy equipment. It might help to use a lemon juicer, but you can use your hands.
What To Serve With Lemonade
This is such a refreshing drink on hot summer days! If you want other cold treats, make some keto sea salt caramel ice cream bars. They are high-fat and low-carb.
The tart lemonade also tastes amazing with these rich keto cake pops. They only have 3g net carbs each.
Or, scoop some keto vanilla ice cream and serve it with lemonade. Talk about summertime perfection!
Frequently Asked Questions About Sugar-Free Lemonade
Before we get to the printable recipe card just a little further below, here are some questions people often ask about fresh-squeezed lemonade.
Is lemon juice good for you?
Yes, lemon juice is really good for your health.
The lemon juice in a glass of sugar-free fresh-squeezed lemonade offers these benefits:
- High In Vitamin C – This is good for the body’s immune system, improves heart health, and can even help fight cancer cells!
- Loaded With Antioxidants – Can help reduce inflammation and are fantastic for skin health.
- Improves And Increases Iron Absorption
These are just some of the health benefits of lemon. It’s even said to improve digestion!
What kind of sweetener is best for sugar-free lemonade?
There are several options when it comes to sweetening your sugar-free fresh-squeezed lemonade.
The recipe below calls for lemon monk fruit drops. Other low-carb and keto-friendly sweetener options that dissolve well in lemonade include:
My sweetener of choice is lemon monk fruit drops because they offer an extra boost of lemon flavor. Lemon stevia drops work as well.
How long will the lemonade stay fresh?
As long as it is kept in the refrigerator, lemon, orange, or any other fresh squeezed juice will usually stay fresh for 7-10 days. At that point, it usually starts to lose its flavor and may even take on a cloudy appearance.
The good news is, freshly squeezed lemon juice can be frozen, and if you really want to, you can even freeze the lemonade. Just be aware that it may lose some of its flavor during the thawing process.
An easy and convenient way to freeze lemon juice is to use ice cube trays. When the juice is frozen, just release the cubes from the tray and transfer them to a large freezer zip-top bag.
Then, when you want to make some sugar-free lemonade, just add water and sweetener into a pitcher, add a few of the frozen juice cubes and stir to combine.
This sugar-free lemonade tastes just like the drink you loved as a kid! In fact, your family is probably going to ask you for the recipe. So make a pitcher, and keep this recipe safe – you’ll be using it over and over again.
Other Drinks To Try:
If you enjoyed this lemonade recipe, here are some more low-carb drinks you’ll love too. They will keep you hydrated and refreshed.
Monk Fruit Lemonade
A tall glass of sugar-free fresh squeezed lemonade is the perfect keto drink to help you cool down on a hot day!
Recipe Video (Click on Image to Play)
In 2-quart pitcher, stir together all ingredients.
Chill or pour over ice to serve. Add lemon slices if desired.
If not using lemon flavored sweetener, add in ½ to 1 teaspoon lemon extract to enhance the lemon flavor.
Add fruits like watermelon balls, kiwi slices, or sliced strawberries.
Spike it with a splash of vodka to turn it into an adults-only keto drink.
Calories: 5 | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 8.8mg | Calcium: 9mg
Net Carbs: 1 g | % Carbs: 23.5 % | % Protein: 23.5 % | % Fat: 52.9 % | SmartPoints: 0
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First published on July 8, 2019. Post updated on July 1, 2021, with higher resolution images and additional recipe information.