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Patriotic Lemonade

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This Patriotic lemonade is traditional lemonade sweetened with simple syrup and full of fresh fruit. A refreshing, kid-friendly drink that’s perfect for hot summer days and holiday gatherings.

Patriotic Lemonade in 2 glasses with paper straws.

Looking for the pefrfect red, white, and blue party drink?

Well, look no further than this delicious homemade Patriotic lemonade!

It’s made with fresh squeezed lemons, a touch of freshly squeezed orange, and filled with fresh fruit.

To make it extra special I even cute the watermelon into star shapes! It really gives the watermelon that holiday party feel!

I also give you a simple recipe for homemade simple syrup so you can make this lemonade as sweet, or tart, as you like!

Fruit sitting on a cutting board.

Ingredients for patriotic lemonade

  • Lemon juice – I like to use freshly squeezed lemon juice because I think the flavor is a lot better than most bottled lemon juices. However, bottled will work here.
  • Orange juice – The use of the orange is to cut the acidity of the lemon juice. You can opt to leave it out but I think it really rounds out the flavor. You’ll want to freshly squeeze it as using orange juice from a bottle can sometimes be too sweet.
  • Water – This is what we use to fill out the lemonade.
  • Simple syrup – I made a homemade simple syrup that is perfect for this lemonade. It incorporates easily into the lemonade and you can adjust the sweetness by adding more or less.
Patriotic Lemonade in a glass pitcher.

Cutting the star-shaped fruit

It’s no secrete I’m a sucker for decorating festive summer holiday treats with star-shaped fruit!

My No-Bake Blueberry Cheesecake and my Red White and Blueberry Sour Cream Tart are both great examples of this!

Cutting your watermelon into star shaped pieces is optional but I think it gives this lemonade the “patriotic” twist that is perfect for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or even Labor Day.

Step one:

Thinly slice your watermelon.

I used a baby mini watermelon here but you can use whatever seedless variety you can find.

Step two:

The easiest way to cut your watermelon into star shapes is by using a small mini star cutter! If you scroll up 2 photos you’ll see mine in the photographs.

If you can’t get your hands on a small mini star cutter you can also freehand cut them.

Step three:

Abandon the star shaped idea and cut the watermelon into cubes.

It’s still cute becuase it’s still got the whole red, white, and blue thing going on.

Patriotic Lemonade in a glass.

What to serve with lemonade

I’ll take my lemonade plain, with a side, or even with dessert.

Here are a few delicious dishes that would go great a summer holiday party!

Adding alcohol to homemade lemonade

If you want to take this lemonade to the next level I recommend adding in some regular or flavored vodka.

Easy and delicious!

Patriotic Lemonade in a pitcher and 2 glasses.

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Patriotic Lemonade

Patriotic Lemonade

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This Patriotic lemonade is traditional lemonade sweetened with simple syrup and full of fresh fruit. A refreshing, kid-friendly drink that’s perfect for hot summer days and holiday gatherings.


For simple syrup

  • 1-1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

For lemonade

  • 1-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 6 cup water
  • 2 pears, peeled and chopped
  • 1 mini watermelon, peeled, sliced and cut into star shapes
  • 3/4 cup fresh blueberries


For simple syrup:

  1. In a small pot add sugar and water.
  2. Bring to a boil, stir, and once the sugar is dissolved remove from heat and set aside to cool.

For lemonade:

  1. In a large pitcher add lemon juice, orange juice, water, and fruit.
  2. Stir to combine.
  3. Add simple syrup to taste. For a sweeter lemonade, you may want to add all the syrup.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 94gFiber: 2gSugar: 88gProtein: 1g

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