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Single-Serving Vanilla Lemonade

Sweet and tart with a hint-of-vanilla, this cool, refreshing Single-Serving Vanilla Lemonade is ready in minutes. If you like bubbles, mix in sparkling water instead of regular cold water.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: beverages, Snacks
Keyword: fresh lemonade, lemonade, vanilla
Servings: 1


  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon)
  • 1/2 cup cold water plus a tablespoon or two more if needed
  • ice
  • lemon slices for garnish
  • basil, lemon verbena, or edible flowers for garnish


  • Combine sugar and hot water in a large, heat-proof drinking glass.
  • Mix in vanilla extract, lemon juice, and 1/2 cup cold water. Stir well to combine.
  • Taste the lemonade. If needed, add a bit more cold water, keeping in mind that the ice will dilute the mixture.
  • Add ice to fill the cup and mix well.
  • Garnish with sliced lemons, fresh basil, lemon verbena, or edible flowers, if desired.