Single Serving Lemonade Recipe

Want just one glass of cold refreshing lemonade? Here’s how to make single serving lemonade for one! This simple mason jar lemonade recipe is made with fresh lemon juice, sugar, water, and ice. Use a mason jar or another jar or container with a tight-fitting lid to shake up this homemade treat!

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A glass of homemade lemonade surrounded by a scoop of sugar and lemon slices.

Have you ever tried to make a single glass of lemonade? It seems like a simple task, right? But getting the ratios of lemon juice to sugar to water exactly right can be a little tricky. For me it’s figuring out the amount of sugar–it’s always more than I think!

So let’s skip the guesswork together with these easy instructions for a single serving lemonade.

Customize Your Glass

This recipe makes what I consider to be a strong and sweet lemonade. It’s basically a concentrate that can be adjusted to your liking. The recipe-as-written is perfect for pouring over ice, but can also be watered down a bit first.

To adjust the flavor to your liking, simply taste the lemonade after it’s been fully mixed and the sugar is dissolved (this is after a short jaunt in the fridge, see the recipe). Then, either pour it over a glass of ice or add more cold water until it’s just right. Or a combination of both!

Lemonade flavors are subjective, but I find this one to be a really good blend of sour and sweet. It’s easy to adjust to your liking with the addition of a little more water or a tall glass of ice.

What kind of jar do I need?

I love mason jars and I use them all the time in my kitchen. My favorite are wide-mouth pint jars. They are easy to clean, great for drinking glasses, and excellent for storing leftovers (just add the lid).

For this particular recipe we are going to shake the glass of lemonade to get the sugar dissolving, so you’ll want to grab a mason jar and the lid.

If you don’t have a mason jar, choose another jar or container with a tight-fitting lid. Or, use a regular glass and stir the lemonade vigorously instead of shaking.

Does this recipe require cooking?

No cooking required here! Many lemonade recipes start with a simple syrup. This is made on the stovetop by cooking sugar and water together. This recipe skips the simple syrup completely so you won’t need to cook or use a stovetop.

This is an ideal recipe if you are in dorm room with no access to a stovetop. Or, if it’s a hot day and you want to avoid using any heat.

Ingredients You Will Need

Labeled ingredients for mason jar lemonade: a mason jar with lid, water, ice, sugar, and lemons (fresh lemon juice).

Lemons: You’ll need the juice of 2-3 lemons for this recipe. Fresh lemons are best. I gently roll my lemon on the counter before cutting and juicing it. You can use a juicer or cut the lemon and squeeze the juice out. Use a small strainer over a glass or jar to catch the seeds. If you don’t have a strainer, you’ll have to spend a little time fishing the seeds out with a spoon!

Sugar: standard granulated sugar is used for this recipe.

Water and ice: cold water and ice finish off the lemonade.

How to Make Single Serving Lemonade

Squeeze the lemon juice and remove the seeds.

Combine the lemon juice and sugar into a pint-size (16 ounce) mason jar.

Pouring lemon juice into a glass and pouring a scoop of sugar into the glass.

Add the water and close the lid tightly. Shake for 30-60 seconds.

Pouring water into a glass of lemon juice and sugar and shaking a mason jar with lid full of lemonade.

Chill lemonade in the fridge for 15 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Give the jar another shake or two.

The flavors will be strong and concentrated. Adjust to your liking (if needed) either by adding additional cold water, pouring over ice, or a combination of both.

Pouring homemade lemonade over ice and the finished glass of lemonade with slices of lemon on top.


Bright yellow lemon slices on top of a glass of ice-cold lemonade.

Questions About Lemonade

What is homemade lemonade made from?

You’ll need sugar, lemon juice (squeezed fresh from lemons), and water to prepare homemade lemonade. Pouring over ice is ideal! You can also spruce up your blend with purees from fresh raspberries, strawberries, and more to create custom flavors–yum!

How does the sugar dissolve?

You might be skeptical that the sugar will completely dissolve in this recipe without the use of heat. But it really works! The key is to shake up the drink really well (about 30-60 seconds) before popping it in the fridge for a short rest. After about fifteen minutes (or less) we can check the bottom of the glass to see if there’s any sugar left. It should be completely dissolved at this point. Give it another shake or two and enjoy!

Is lemonade good for you?

While I’m always a fan of preparing homemade over store-bought (you are in total control of the ingredients this way), lemonade is a high sugar beverage regardless. You can water down lemonade to decrease the sugar load if you like or opt to enjoy it as an occasional treat. I love making my own because I can skip the preservatives and food dyes found in conventional lemonade mixes.

More Great Recipes to Try

Looking for more single serving recipes? Try my single serving sugar cookie, chocolate chip cookie, and peanut butter cookie. Each recipe makes just one cookie and is super easy!

A glass of homemade lemonade surrounded by a scoop of sugar and lemon slices.

Single Serving Lemonade

Learn how to make a glass of single serving lemonade! This mason jar lemonade recipe is extra easy. All that is required is to shake the water, lemon juice, and sugar together–that's it. No cooking a simple syrup or waiting for it to cool. Grab your mason jar and let's make a glass of lemonade!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Chill Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 8 ounce glass
Calories 90 kcal


  • ¼ cup lemon juice (squeezed fresh from 2-3 lemons)
  • 5 teaspoons sugar (add up to 6 teaspoons if you like it quite sweet)
  • 1 cup water
  • ice



  • Be sure the seeds are removed from the lemon juice before getting started. Combine the lemon juice, sugar, and water into a pint mason jar and close the lid tightly. Shake for 30-60 seconds.
  • Chill lemonade in the fridge for about 15 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Check the bottom of the glass to see if there is any sugar left behind. Give the jar another shake or two.
  • The flavors will be strong/concentrated. Adjust flavors to your liking (if needed) either by adding additional cold water, pouring over ice, or a combination of both. Enjoy!


Leftovers: Should you have any leftovers, just replace the lid to your jar and store in the fridge.


Calories: 90kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.2gSaturated Fat: 0.02gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 13mgPotassium: 63mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 24mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.1mg
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