Easy Low Carb Lemonade Recipe
My kids love this keto lemonade all year along - not just in the summer. Although a nice tall glass of sugar-free lemonade is my favorite drink in the summertime. It’s so refreshing, especially on a hot sunny day.
Each time I make up a batch of this fresh squeezed sugar free lemonade, it barely lasts a day in our house. We drink it so fast! Luckily, it is so easy to make more keto lemonade. All you need is a couple of lemons, water, salt, and sugar-free sweetener like monkfruit, erythritol, stevia.
Are Lemons Keto?
Yes! Lemons are keto approved. In one lemon, there are 3.4 net carbs. Plus lemons are loaded in vitamins like Vitamin C.
How Many Lemons Do I Need to Make Homemade Lemonade?
You will need around 6 large lemons to produce one cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice. If your lemons are smaller, it may take about 7-8 lemons to get a cup of juice.
Store Bought Sugar Free Lemonade
There are some brands that are making sugar-free lemonade in powdered form. Crystal Light and Country Time Lemonade both make a low calories, sugar-free lemonade. I don’t care for the sweeteners that they use as they are artifical. Some people on the keto diet still drink these and have weight loss success but others avoid them because of the artifical sweeteners used. It’s up to you if you want to drink these store bought powdered lemonades.
In one packet of Country Time Sugar Free Lemonade, there are 3 g of carbs.
How To Juice a Lemon
There are different ways to juice a lemon and you can use different tools to juice the fruit as well!
To juice a lemon,
- Roll the lemon on the cutting board to break up some of the membranes to get the juice out easier.
- Slice the lemon in half horizontally.
- Using a hand juicer, reamer or hinged squeezer, squeeze the lemon juice out of the lemon.
- If you don’t have a juicer tool, you can squeeze out lemon juice using tongs or scraping the lemon juice and pulp out with a fork. Make sure you use a strainer to strain out the excess pulp.
Pro Tip: If you microwave your lemon for 10 to 20 seconds, it will be easier to get all that juice out of a whole lemon.
Keto Lemonade Concentrate
If you just want to make your own keto lemonade concentrate, just add the fresh-squeezed lemon juice, sweetner of choice and salt to a storage container. This concentrate will keep in your refrigerator for weeks. You can also freeze it too!
I like using concentrated lemonade to make a Chik-fil-A frozen lemonade that is sugar-free!
In case you don’t want to drag out your juicer and make fresh-squeezed lemonade, you can use botttled lemon concentrate in this keto lemonade recipe. Simply add 1 cup of store bought concentrated lemon juice to your pitcher.
Why Do You Add Salt to Sugar Free Lemonade?
Salt is an important ingredient in this keto lemonade recipe. Salt can help to magnify the natural flavors in any recipe. It will make the lemon taste more lemony and it enhances the sweet taste of the lemonade.
Trust me - it will NOT taste salty at all!! It tastes like the best back porch drinking, summertime lemonade you have been craving. So make sure you don’t skip this step.
What Keto Approved Sweeteners Can I Use to Make Sugar-Free Lemonade?
In this sugar-free lemonade recipe, I prefer to use confectioners Swerve. This is a powdered form of erythritol. Most alternative sweeteners to sugar don’t dissolve well in their granulated form, so reaching for one in powdered form is ideal when making keto lemonade. My favorite is Confectioners Swerve. It measures pretty much cup for cup with regular sugar; although, most people on the keto diet still find this conversion to be a little too sweet, so we end up add less sweetener.
If you don’t have access to Swerve products, you can substitute for powdered monkfruit or add liquid stevia until the fresh lemonade is sweetened to your liking. The powdered monkfruit I prefer is by Lakanto. There blend is 2x as concentrated as regular sugar so you will need to add less in this lemonade recipe. I would only add a 1/4 cup if using Lakanto Powdered Monkfruit.
Keto Lemonade Storage
Any lefover keto lemonade that you make up, you can store it in the refrigerator either in the pitcher you serve it in or put it in an air-tight container. It will stay fresh for several days if stored in a cool spot.
You can also freeze this low carb lemonade! Either freeze the lemonade in a ziploc bag or you can just freeze the concentrate - which is the lemon juice, sweetener and salt without the addtional water. Either way, this is a great option to have on hand when you have unexpected company over and you want to serve them a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade.
To thaw, either place the ziploc lock bag with the keto lemonade on the counter or refrigerator for several hours. Or place the bag in a bowl of warm water to thaw out.
Serve the keto lemonade over ice.
Other Recipes Using Sugar Free Lemonade
Another thing I love about this recipe for homemade keto lemonade is that it can be used to make other refreshing low carb beverages and keto desserts! Here are some other recipes that use the base for this lemonade recipe.