Lemon Simple Syrup, to sweeten iced tea

Lemon Simple Syrup


There are two theories that I wholeheartedly endorse when it comes to being in the kitchen:

  1. simple usually is best
  2. if you do some prep ahead, you’ll eat better (and in this case drink better!)


fresh lemonade, made with lemon simple syrup


Lemon Simple Syrup is a variation of simple syrup: where sugar and water combined, then heated for the sugar to melt. 


Simple syrup + freshly squeezed lemon juice = lemon simple syrup.


The purpose of both is to sweeten all manner of cold drinks, and a necessity for your summer kitchen. For lemonade any time, add water, ice & lemon slices. Taste and adjust. More water. More syrup. To your liking. Change it up and add fizzy water for a more soda-like drink. Bubbles are good. Bubbles in summer…. great!

iced tea sweetened with lemon simple syrup


If you drink a lot of iced tea you’ll really appreciate having the syrup in your fridge. Especially if you’re only needing one glass, it’s very convenient to have a sweetener that will stir right in. A spoon or two is all you need.

Who likes the fight to dissolve sugar in a cold drink, anyway…?


Fresh Summer Lemonade

Homemade Iced Tea with Lemon Simple Syrup

This is so easy to make, so absolutely wonderful to have on hand, you’ll wonder how you survived the dog days of summer without it!

Whether you turn it into lemonade, to sweeten iced tea (or something stronger for the adults!) Lemon Simple Syrup is a must-have for your summer kitchen… for thirsty people of all sizes!




Lemon Simple Syrup

A necessity in my kitchen during summer I used Meyer lemons, but regular lemons would work just as well. Quantities are easily multiplied; store it covered in the fridge, preferably in a glass bottle or container.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Lemon
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 cup, approx.
Author joanne


  • 2 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice (use Meyer lemons if you can find them)
  • 3 ounces water
  • 1/3 cup white sugar


  1. Combine all in small saucepan. Heat, swirling the pan just until warm enough to dissolve the sugar.
  2. Let cool and pour into glass container.
  3. Store in fridge if not using right away.
  4. Perfect to make lemonade & sweeten other drinks like iced tea.

Recipe Notes

*You could also make this in the microwave, heating just until the sugar dissolves.