Horizontal Close-up of Mary Bergs Favourite Lemonade, as seen on Mary Makes It Easy Season 2
Recipe courtesy of Mary Berg

My Favorite Lemonade

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min (includes cooling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 cups
A refreshing drink that can be enjoyed any time of the year.



  1. Combine the sugar, lemon zest and 3/4 cup (180 milliliters) of water in a small pot set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the sugar has fully dissolved then set aside to cool completely.
  2. Meanwhile, if using, mash the berries with a wooden spoon, potato masher or blender and add the lemon juice. If desired, strain and press through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the berry seeds and lemon pulp.
  3. Pour into a large pitcher, stir in the cooled simple syrup and 6 cups (1.5 liters) of water. Store in the fridge or serve immediately over ice.

Cook’s Note

To make a lemonade cocktail, pour 1 to 2 ounces of gin or vodka over ice and top with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of lemonade. You can also shake with ice in a cocktail shaker. Garnish with mint or basil and a few fresh berries, if desired.