Three Refreshing Kid-Friendly Lemonade Recipes

Hot summer days full of sunshine are the perfect time for a nice, cool, refreshing drink.

If you’re looking for something a little lighter than a cone full of ice cream or just want to skip the drive to your local snow cone stand, then a glass of fresh-squeezed lemonade is just what you need!

I’ve compiled a few of my family’s favorites lemonade recipes to share with you.

3 Refreshing Kid-Friendly Lemonade Recipes

Lemon, Lemony, Lemonade


  • 6 lemons
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 6 cups cold water


  1. Squeeze the lemons until you have 1 cup of juice.
  2. In a pitcher add your cup of lemon juice, 1 cup sugar, and 6 cups cold water, stir. 
  3. Chill and serve over ice.

Lavender Lemonade


  • 6 cups of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1.5 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cups


  1. Bring 2 cups of water and sugar to a boil. Remove from heat, add lavender. Cover and let stand for 2-4 hours.
  2. Strain, discarding lavender. Stir in lemon juice, vanilla, and remaining water. 
  3. Chill and serve over ice.

Watermelon Lemonade


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 cups cubed watermelon
  • 3 cups cold water
  • ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ice cubes


  1. Add the watermelon to a blender and puree until smooth. Pour through a fine-mesh strainer.
  2. Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil until sugar dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in 3 cups of cold water and lemon juice.
  3.  Place ice cubes in your glasses, scoop 3 tablespoons of watermelon puree over the ice, then top with the lemonade. Gently stir before serving.

The watermelon lemonade is on our list to make first this summer! What’s top on your list?!

Do you and your family have a favorite summer drink? We’d love to hear in the comments below!

 Make sure you never miss out on a parenting or community-related blog post: sign up to receive Cedar Rapids Moms posts in your inbox.  While you’re at it, join our VIP List to ensure you’re one of the first to know about upcoming Cedar Rapids Moms events and promotions!!


Carly is a true Iowan, born and raised. She’s a Pinterest fail type of single mom to six year old Stella, who enthusiastically dances to the beat of her own drum. For her day job you’ll find her with a cup of coffee in hand as a secretary at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. After hours, she’s bingeing her true crime podcasts, reading all the books, and having mini JoJo Siwa dance parties with her daughter Stella.