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Blender Lemonade

12 reviews / 4.3 average

Making lemonade in a blender has truly revolutionized my summer.

Eh, I'm not much of a lemonade drinker, said the old me. But the concept of making lemonade, fresh, fast, sweet and almost creamy-like (thank you sweetened condensed milk) has made me into something of a new summer person. This blender lemonade takes, oh, let me see, three seconds? And requires four ingredients: lemons, sugar, water, and sweetened condensed milk. And it's definitely tart and refreshing, but is still magically mellow and light because of the - yep, you guessed it. SCM.

Life-changing news here. There's no requirement of making a simple syrup! Cause who wants to take the time to make a simple syrup when all you really want is a big glass of homemade lemonade five minutes ago? Not me, obvi.

Blender lemonade.

Sometimes I make blog things, and then successively make them 3, 4, 5 more times within the first few days of trying them out. This was definitely one of those times.

And for good reason, because guess what is fun to do with lemonade? Put it in mason jars and give it away as a get-well-soon gift, along with a batch of oatmeal flax blueberry muffins and a few extra pieces of Oreo fudge ice cream bars. If that doesn't heal the soul, then you probably weren't even sick to begin with.

Just ignore me.

Or you can also serve this lemonade to friends to offset the “not very spicy” jalapeno burgers that accidentally got red-faced-dripping-sweat-spicy. Woops. Between the Oreo fudge ice cream soup and the tastebud-singeing jalapeno burgers, people definitely love having dinner with us.

Squeezed lemons in a strainer.

Veering off-course: can you do me a favor? Go type “lemons” somewhere, kind of quickly.

No. Nope. Don't scroll on until you do it.

Squeezed lemons in a bowl.

Did you type lemonds? I honestly cannot stop typing the word lemonds. I've thought about it every time I know the word is coming up as I'm writing today. No d, no d, no d in lemons. Yet somehow the word that appears on the page is lemonds.

Conversations like this are reason number 599 why it's good that I'm not going to be a full time blogger.

I'm more better at things like drinking lemonade and remembering to lick the extra sweetened condensed milk off the spoon before it hits the bottom of the sink, not to mention finding adorable mason jar mugs for ninety cents at thrift stores and pretending that I've been drinking out of mason jars all my trendy life. That's what I do best.

Blender lemonade in jars.
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Blender Lemonade

Blender Lemonade


This blender lemonade is the easiest way to make lemonade! Just blend a few lemons, some sugar, and a few cups of water. Strain and enjoy!


  • 3 lemons
  • 1 lime (optional)
  • 4-5 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk


  1. Cut the lemons and lime into wedges (fourths or eighths depending on the size of the lemon). Place in a blender with the water and the sugar. Blend on high speed for a minute or until the lemons have been broken down and the water looks like lemonade. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes so the broken down pieces of lemon rise to the top of the blender.
  2. Pour the lemonade through a metal strainer over a large pitcher. You may need to do this in batches so that you can empty the lemon pieces out of the strainer. KEEP the lemon pieces! Use the mixture for muffins, fruit desserts, jam, pasta, or just cleaning your garbage disposal in the sink.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk to the lemonade in the pitcher. Stir to combine or pulse quickly through the blender. The lemonade will separate after about 15 minutes, so just keep a wooden spoon handy and give it a quick stir before serving.


The goal is to break the lemons down into a thick pulp without actually incorporating them into the water (otherwise the rind will make it taste bitter). Almost all of the lemon pulp should rise up to the top when you're done blending so that you don't actually drink it. As a result, a few commenters have not had good results using ultra high powered blenders because the lemon gets completely incorporated into the water. If you are using a high powered blender, I would use the pulse setting to make sure you don't over-blend the lemons.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Beverage
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: blender lemonade, homemade lemonade, easy blender lemonade

I mentioned it in the recipe but I feel the need to say it again loud and clear: KEEP THE BLENDED LEMON PIECES. There are so many great uses for this stuff. I don't really know all of them yet but they're coming to me. I can feel it.

And if you have any ideas to give me a head start, I would not be mad about that.

Cheers to the lemonade-filled 4th of July weekend!

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    I make my lemonade the same way – so much easier and FASTER! Let’s face it, the quicker food and good drink can get to my face, the happier I’ll be 😉

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      What in the world1 it makes me so annoyed!! On a happier note, hope you’re ready to drink some of this tomorrow night! 🙂

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    I remember seeing this on IG! Looks amazing! And oh-so-refreshing. And you know you can’t forget about the extra sweetened condensed milk on the spoon – that’s the most important thing to take care of!

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    Oh and a very side bar. In the Dominican Republic there is an amazing drink called “morir sonando” (literally “die dreaming” cuz its that dang good…) which is evaporated milk, orange juice, sugar and ice blended together (the juice is usually fresh). Its basically the shizzzznit (the bees knees in English). Try it at home or make a quick trip to your local Dominican Bakery… LOL!

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    Well all I need now is a good book and a beach chair. Love the genius idea of the SCM – so smart! My kiddos will love this for sure – sometimes the regular ol’ fashion kind is too tart! want to also try it with a couple cups of ice in the blender and have it be a slushy! YUM!!

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    If you grab a bit of the leftover lemon rind pieces and mince them up, they’re perfect to throw in salsa, blueberry pancakes, salad dressing, stir fry, etc., etc. In the meantime, store them in the freezer in a little snack bag. Love me some bitter citrus rind!

    1. Skillful Cook Logo

      I dip rapberries in lemon juice and then toss them in my pancake batter – I will have to try that with bluberries! Sounds delish!!!

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    You are FUNNY! 🙂 I wanna make this, like right now. 11 pm. Hey, it’s summer right?

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    When Hippocrates said, “Let medicine be thy food and food thy medicine,” he must have been thinking of your muffin-lemonade-ice cream bar trio! Seriously. I am SO much better… walking and talking and breathing all at the same time! 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful, rejuvenating treats!

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    Just made this tonight after a pool day and my kids and I loved it. Thanks so much. Looking forward to making that shrimp scampi tomorrow night with the pulp 🙂

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    This looks like the perfect drink on a hot Texas day. I think it’s funny that you spell lemonds. I have a problem with apple. I always spell applie.

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    I bet you could make a really good face/body scrub out of those leftover lemon pieces.