We may be biased but this is by far the best lemonade recipe we've tried. This is part of Our site's Best, a collection of our essential recipes.
- 3 lemons, zest removed in wide strips
- ¾ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 3 lemons)
- Lemon slices (for serving)
Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Let cool 5 minutes. Add lemon zest and let sit 30 minutes to steep.
Strain lemon syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher; discard zest. Add lemon juice and 3 cups water and stir to combine.
Serve lemonade over ice garnished with lemon slices.