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Chick-Fil-A Lemonade Recipe

This Chick-fil-A lemonade recipe is just as good as the real deal!

It has the perfect balance of flavors – just the right amount of sweet-tart goodness. 

And with only three ingredients, you can have your favorite refreshing drink right at home.

Iced Cold Lemonade in a Glass
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Chick-Fil-A Lemonade Recipe 

Here’s the secret: there is no secret.

What makes the Chick-Fil-A lemonade a cut above the rest is its sheer freshness.

Unlike most restaurants, they use fresh lemon juice instead of concentrate. That’s why they can afford to charge a lot for their lemonade.

While it’s delicious indeed, it’s also easy to replicate at home. There’s no special ingredient or formula.

In fact, their recipe only calls for three basic ingredients! 

Hosting a summer BBQ or need a refreshment to beat the summer heat?

If you happen to have a ton of lemons lying around, You know what to do! When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. 

How does Chick-Fil-A Make Lemonade?

With a simple blend of freshly squeezed lemons, sugar, and water, you’ll have your very own Chick-Fil-A lemonade!

The best part? Their gallon is priced at $10, while this copycat will cost you much less.

Start by squeezing the lemons. Use freshly squeezed lemons! I cannot state this enough.

If you have a juicer, then great. If not, you can do it by hand.

You’ll need approximately 8 lemons to make 6 servings, so it’ll be a bit of work. It’s worth it, though.

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Once your lemon juice is ready, pour it into a pitcher and add the sugar. Stir them well until the sugar dissolves into the juice. 

Then, pour the water and stir. I like using cold water so I can serve the lemonade right away.

If you have time, pop it in the fridge an hour before serving. Or, just put ice cubes in the glasses. 

That’s all there is to it! Easy, huh?


Lemon Juice – Freshly squeezed is best! Also, try to get Sunkist lemons if you can. It’s the variety that Chick-Fil-A uses. They’re juicier than most kinds and have a nice floral aroma to them.

Granulated Sugar – To counteract the acidity of the lemon juice. Chick-Fil-A uses cane sugar in their recipe, but granulated sugar is more widely available, so we’re sticking to that.

Water – Use distilled or filtered water for best results. 

Cold Lemonade with Fresh Lemons

How to Juice Lemons 

For this recipe, you’ll use 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice, which will require about 7 to 8 large lemons.

Unless you plan on making lemonade every day, you won’t need to buy a juicer for this recipe. A budget-friendly handheld citrus press will do.

If you don’t have one, follow these tips to manually squeeze out as much juice as you can.

  • Pop the lemons in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Then, roll them on the counter with your palm.
  • Slice the lemons in half lengthwise for an easier grip and squeeze. Don’t squeeze too hard, though, because you won’t want the bitter peels and white pith in your lemonade. 
  • Press the lemons with the bent edge of a fork to get the remaining juices out.
  • Strain the juice to get rid of the seeds.

Tips for the Best Lemonade 

  • Use High-Quality Ingredients. Use only the best ingredients; bottled lemon juice won’t cut it.
  • Lemon Selection. Opt for larger, thin-skinned lemons for more juice and easier peeling.
  • Squeeze Test. Lemons should be tender but not too soft or hard.
  • Rinse the Lemons. Clean the fruit with warm water, especially if used as garnish.
  • Perfect Ratio. Balance the sugar, water, and lemon juice for optimal taste. Lemon juice is high in citric acid, so you’ll need a lot of water and sugar to balance things out.
  • Quality Water. Avoid tap water; use filtered or distilled water.
  • Lemon Garnish. Enhance presentation with a lemon slice on each glass rim.
  • Refrigerate. Keep lemonade cold in the fridge to avoid dilution with ice.
  • Pink Variant. For pink lemonade, blend in fresh strawberries or raspberries.
  • Sugar-Free Option. Sweeten with alternatives like honey, stevia, or monk fruit.
  • Freshness. Don’t store lemonade for too long; it’s best consumed within 24 hours. It starts to taste bitter after that.

More Summer Drinks To Try

Blueberry Lemonade
Watermelon Slushie
Iced Coffee
Long Island Iced Tea

Chick-Fil-A Lemonade Recipe



Prep time






  • 1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 7 to 8 large lemons)

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • 5 cups water


  • In a pitcher, pour in the lemon juice and sugar. Stir with a long spoon until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour the water and stir until well-blended.
  • Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Pour into glasses. The recipe makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

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Kim - InsanelyGood
Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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