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Fresh Lemon Simple Syrup

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Last Updated on January 26, 2024 by Leah Hall

This infused lemon simple syrup is a simple three ingredient recipe that is easy to make, adds great lemon flavor to drinks and cocktails!


This lemon simple syrup is pure sunshine in a jar. Very easy to make and delicious on so many things!


What is lemon syrup?

Lemon syrup is a lemon infused sugar syrup, perfect for all your simple syrup needs! A great recipe to add to drinks and desserts.

Yellow lemon simple syrup in bottle with lemons

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What Can I Make with Lots of Lemons?

This lemon simple syrup! But really, you should!


It’s definitely a syrup full of tart, lemon flavor. Just 3 ingredients and you have fresh homemade lemon syrup for cakes, cocktails, teas, your options are endless!


If you like lemon but enjoy a more sour flavor, you can add more lemon flavor by using only lemon juice, and omitting the water. Play with it, and develop a flavor that you like. You can also add lemon zest for more freshness if you like. Just remember to strain the syrup after it cools!

Uses For Lemon Syrup

You can use lemon syrup for

  • Cocktails (duh!) in place of a regular simple syrup
  • Cakes – drizzle over the top while they’re still hot, so it soaks in
  • Lemonade – top with sparkling water if you want (even flavored)
  • Water or Iced Tea – Just a dash will add lemon and a bit of sweetness
  • Pancakes, French Toast and Waffles – drizzle over the top for a delightful breakfast
  • Hot Tea – perfect for winter sipping
  • Gifting – this recipe keeps really well, so give it as a gift.
  • Ice Cream – add a little to vanilla ice cream, and you have a decadent dessert!
  • Yogurt – add it to your breakfast yogurt in the morning with some fresh fruit
  • Pie Fillings – perfect for berry fillings, especially!

Yellow lemon simple syrup in bottle with lemons

Do I Need to Refrigerate Lemon Simple Syrup?

Yes, it stays freshest in the refrigerator. We advise for no more than 2 weeks.


Can You Freeze Lemon Simple Syrup?

Yes, you can freeze it in plastic bags or glass jars for 6 months or so.


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Fresh Lemon Simple Syrup

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time : 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Infused lemon simple syrup s the perfect way to add a tangy and sour flavor to drinks and cocktails!


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium high heat until it starts to boil.
  3. Pull off of heat, cool down.
  4. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 oz

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 97Total Fat: .1gSaturated Fat: .1gSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 25.3gFiber: .1gSugar: 25.3gProtein: .1g

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