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Brown Sugar Lemonade

Totally refreshing brown sugar lemonade made using only 3 ingredients. It's easy to prepare and makes an absolutely flavorful lemonade drink!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brown Sugar Lemonade
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Yield: 1.9 liters
Author: Priya Maha



  • 150 ml lemon juice (juice of approximately 2 lemons, strained)
  • 225 g brown sugar
  • 1500 ml drinking water (chilled)
  • Ice cubes (optional)

Caramelized Lemon Slices

  • 100 ml water
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1 lemon - sliced (approximately 2mm or 3mm thickness)


Making the lemonade

  • Measure 500ml water (at room temperature) in a measuring jug. Add the brown sugar and stir to dissolve completely.
  • Transfer the brown sugar solution into a 2 liter pitcher. Strain the lemon juice in.
  • Add the remaining chilled water and stir to mix.
  • Keep the lemonade chilled until ready to serve. (Refer to notes below if you wish to add ice cubes to your lemonade)

Making the caramelized lemon slices (to be made ahead of time)

  • Measure water into a wide saucepan.
  • Add the sugar. Place the saucepan over low heat and stir the sugar to dissolve.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, add the lemon slices into the syrup. Place them in a single layer and avoid placing them on top of each other.
  • Let the lemon slices cook in the syrup over low heat. Turn the slices over every 20 minutes.
  • Continue to cook the slices over low heat until the sugar syrup starts to turn amber.
  • As soon as it reaches the desired color, remove the lemon slices onto a parchment lined tray. Place them apart to avoid sticking.
  • Let the caramelized lemon slices dry and set overnight, uncovered.
  • To store the slices, place a small parchment square in between each lemon slice to avoid the slices from sticking. Keep refridgerated until ready to use.


Recipe Notes:
  1. This recipe makes 2 liters of homemade brown sugar lemonade made entirely with chilled water and without ice cubes. 
  2. If you wish to add ice cubes, reduce the chilled water in the recipe accordingly. This will avoid the lemonade from becoming too diluted as the ice cubes melt. 
  3. To make the lemonade in a single serving of 350ml glass, use 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 300ml of chilled water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. If you wish to add ice cubes, reduce the water accordingly and top up with ice cubes. 
  4. The caramelized lemon slices are best made ahead of time so that they are readily available for use in the lemonade.


Calories: 687.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 179.5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.4g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 77.7mg | Potassium: 318.3mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 170.8g | Vitamin A: 17.2IU | Vitamin C: 60.7mg | Calcium: 143.6mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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