Pick lemons from your tree if you have one. Use fresh lemons from the store or farmer’s markets too. Wash the lemons and cut in half.
Squeeze the juice from the lemons. You will need 1 and ¼ cups of fresh juice. Add to a large mason jar or big pyrex measuring cup to hold.
Boil water in a large measuring pyrex or tea kettle.
In a medium-sized bowl or your pyrex measuring cup, stir together the boiling water with the 1 and ¼ cup of sugar. Stir to dissolve.
Once cool, add to the lemon juice. Stir.
Store in mason jars or pour into a quart-sized Ziploc bag. The lemonade concentrate can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 5 months.
WHEN READY TO MAKE THE LEMONADE:
Each recipe will make a half-gallon of lemonade. Add one batch of the concentrate to 3 cups of cold water in a pitcher. 2 batches plus 6 cups of water for a gallon of lemonade. Stir and serve over ice. Enjoy!