Kitchen Tips

Can you freeze lemonade? (Here’s the best way)

Imagine you’re deep in those hot summer days. You’re playing outside, running around, and you are you thirsty! Name something better than a cold glass of lemonade…. I’ll wait. Now, what if I told you that you could have that amazing lemonade any day of the year, even if it’s not summer? Can you freeze lemonade?

Lemonade can be used for a number of special occasions or a hot day, but my favorite way to drink it is outside after playing with my kids. So YES, you can freeze your lemonade and here’s how.

Benefits of Freezing Lemonade:

Longer “shelf life”:

Freezing lemonade means you can keep it for a long time. So, even when it’s cold outside, you can sip on some summer fun anytime you want or drink it for any future use.


Imagine you have friends pop over unexpectedly. With frozen lemonade, you’ve got a cool drink to offer them in no time.

Zero Waste: 

Got too many lemons? Don’t let them go to waste. Make lemonade and freeze it. This way, you use all your lemons and don’t throw any away.

Portion Control: 

You can freeze lemonade in small amounts. This means you can enjoy just a little at a time without having to make a whole new pitcher.


Frozen lemonade isn’t just for drinking. You can use it to make smoothies, cocktails, or even lemonade-flavored ice cream. It’s a fun way to mix things up.

Instant Chill: 

Drop a cube of frozen lemonade into your drink to make it cold fast without watering it down.

So, freezing lemonade is a smart move. It keeps your drinks lasting longer, makes sure you’re always ready to serve something cool, lets you get creative with recipes, and helps you use what you have without waste.

How to Freeze Lemonade:

Freezing lemonade is an awesome way to make sure you’ve always got a refreshing treat on hand. Whether you’re dealing with extra fresh lemons or just preparing a large batch for those future lemonade cravings, here’s how to freeze lemonade perfectly:

1. Choose Your Lemonade:

First things first, decide if you’re going with homemade or store-bought lemonade. While both can be frozen, homemade lemonade gives you control over the amount of sugar and ingredients, giving it a fresher taste when thawing. If you’re opting for homemade, mix up your lemonade to your liking before freezing.

2. Prepare Your Containers:

Select the right containers for freezing. You can use:

  • Plastic Bottles: Leave about an inch of space at the top to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes.
  • Ice Cube Trays: Perfect for freezing lemonade in small, usable portions. Once frozen, pop the frozen cubes into a freezer bag for easier storage.
  • Freezer Bags: If space is tight, pour your lemonade into ziploc bags and lay them flat in the freezer. This method is great for stacking and saves space.

3. The Freezing Process:

  1. Filling: Pour your lemonade into the chosen container, being careful not to fill it to the brim to allow for expansion. If using ice cube trays, fill each compartment just below the top. Remember this also works well with homemade lemonade concentrate.
  2. Sealing: If using bottles or freezer bags, ensure they’re sealed tightly to prevent leaks and freezer burn. Squeeze out as much air as possible from freezer bags before sealing.
  3. Freezing: Place your containers or bags in the freezer. If you’re using freezer bags, try to lay them flat so they freeze uniformly and save space.

4. Labeling Your Lemonade:

Use a permanent marker to label each container or bag with the date you made the lemonade. This helps you keep track of how long it’s been in the freezer. Lemonade is best used within 4-6 months for optimal taste.

5. Using Your Frozen Lemonade:

When you’re ready to enjoy, choose your thawing method based on how quickly you want to use the lemonade. For a quick thaw, place the container in cold water. For ice cube trays, you can pop a few cubes directly into a glass and top it off with water for an instant chilled drink.

6. Creativity with Frozen Lemonade:

Don’t just think of your frozen lemonade as a drink—it’s also a fantastic ingredient. Use the ice cubes in smoothies, a lemon simple syrup for cocktails, or even in cooking to add a lemony zest to your dishes. Here’s a list of different lemon recipes.

Tips for Freezing Lemonade:

  • Sugar Content: More sugar means your lemonade won’t freeze as hard, making it easy to scoop.
  • Lemon Concentrate vs. Diluted Lemonade: Concentrate (strong lemonade) freezes well, and you can dilute it with water when you’re ready to drink. Here’s an easy lemonade concentrate recipe.
  • Labeling: Write the date on the container so you remember when you froze it.

Thawing and Serving Frozen Lemonade:

  • Thawing Methods: You can thaw lemonade in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours. Just don’t leave it out too long!
  • Serving Suggestions: Use it as is, make a slushy, or add it to your favorite drink for a lemony twist. Consider it a frosted lemonade!

Common Questions About Freezing Lemonade:

Can you freeze lemonade with pulp?

Yes, you can! The texture might change a bit, but it will still taste great.

How long does frozen lemonade last?

Up to 6 months, but it’s best to drink it sooner for the best taste.

Does freezing affect the flavor of lemonade?

Not really, but if you keep it frozen for a long time, it might not taste as fresh.

Why Homemade Lemonade is Good for You:

You know, there’s something special about making your own lemonade. It’s not just fun; the health benefits of lemons are also good for you!

Here’s why squeezing those lemons yourself gives you the best results:

Full of Vitamin C:

Lemons are like little sunshine balls packed with Vitamin C, which is good for your skin and helps keep you healthy, especially during cold season. A Little boost for your immune system.

Control Over Ingredients:

When you make lemonade at home, you decide what goes in it. You can use less sugar or even substitute it with honey or maple syrup, making it a healthier choice than the store-bought ones that often have a lot of added sugar. Nice to have the option to use natural ingredients!


Staying hydrated is super important, especially when it’s hot outside. Drinking homemade lemonade is a tasty way to help meet your daily water needs. You can make lemon sorbet or ice lollies for a fun way to stay hydrated! Check out these other frozen lemonade drinks.

Natural Energy Boost:

The natural sugars in lemonade give you a quick energy boost without the crash that comes from artificial sweeteners or too much caffeine.

Digestive Aid:

Lemonade can help your digestion, thanks to the lemon juice that’s in it. It helps your body break down food better and can even make you feel less bloated.

Antioxidants Galore:

Lemons have antioxidants which are like your body’s best friends. They help fight off damage from pollution and sun, keeping your cells happy and healthy.

Making a lemonade drink at home is a win-win. You get a refreshing drink that’s also doing some good for your body. I can’t believe it’s made with such simple ingredients.

Plus, it’s a blast to make, especially when you can share it with friends and family. So next time you’re thinking of a drink to make, go for the homemade lemonade. Your body (and taste buds) will thank you!

Freezing lemonade is a great way to make sure you can enjoy your favorite summer drink any time of the year. It’s easy, convenient, and keeps your lemonade tasting fresh.

Head to your grocery store for a bag of lemons because it will be the most refreshing thing you didn’t know you needed. Don’t forget a little fresh mint for garnish!

Next time you make a big batch of lemonade, remember, you don’t have to drink it all at once. Freeze some and save those lemon juice cubes for later!

Have you ever frozen lemonade before? Or do you have any cool lemonade recipes to share? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!