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Instant Pot Lemonade Recipe

A thirst quenching drink recipe made in your pressure cooker. Our four ingredient Instant Pot lemonade is sweet, tangy, and perfect for a Summer BBQ!

Today is Sunday and I can’t think of a better way to spend the afternoon than sitting on our deck sipping homemade lemonade. However, the last thing I want to do is fire up the gas stove-top to make the drink.

As some of you can image, gas ranges can really heat up a kitchen. Fortunately, Kim has developed an easy way to make lemonade without having to turn our kitchen into an oven.

Her Instant Pot lemonade recipe is perfect for keeping the kitchen cool, backyard BBQ’s, tailgating, or RV-ing. Basically, if you want a homemade lemonade but don’t want to cook, then this is a great alternative.

How about we get started?

A pitcher and two glasses filled with ice and Instant Pot lemonade.

Instant Pot Lemonade Instructions:

First, juice the lemons and pour the liquid through a strainer or mesh sieve to remove any pulp or seeds.

After that, transfer it to the pressure cooker liner and add the sugar. Whisk the ingredients together to dissolve the sugar.

An aerial view of the lemonade sitting in the pressure cooker.

Now, seal the Instant Pot and set it to manual/high pressure with a cook time of one minute.

Once the timer goes off, go ahead and complete a quick release by carefully opening the valve.

The serving pitcher being filled with the fresh made lemonade.

I strongly recommend two things, use a thick kitchen towel or oven mitt to open the valve and aim the steam away from you or anyone else in the kitchen.

After the steam has released, take off the lid and stir the Instant Pot lemonade syrup. At this point, you can add ice and water to your serving pitcher.

The final photo showing the two glasses of Instant Pot lemonade.

Last, begin pouring in the lemon syrup. Stir and taste test the Instant Pot lemonade as you add the syrup. That way, you get flavor that you desire.

That’s it, your beverage is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the drink and wish you all the best.

A pink lemonade version of the Instant Pot lemonade recipe.

Instant Pot Lemonade Tips:

  • As you can see from the photo above, we made a pink lemonade version of this recipe as well. I have included the additional ingredient needed in the recipe card below. Feel free to try strawberry syrup instead of raspberry, if you prefer.
  • This recipe is subjective, so add more or less lemon syrup or water to the pitcher based on your own preferences. For a more tart lemonade, add all of the syrup, for a sweeter version, add less. You get the idea.
  • If you have any syrup left over, store it in your fridge and use to flavor teas and other drinks you already enjoy.

If you enjoyed our Instant Pot lemonade recipe, please leave us a comment and rate the recipe card. You can also find us on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram by searching for Berly’s Kitchen!

The serving pitcher being filled with the fresh made lemonade.

Instant Pot Lemonade Recipe

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Come to Pressure: 10 minutes
Total Time: 21 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups Lemon Juice (fresh, about 2 lbs lemons)
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 6 cups Water
  • 4 Cup Ice

Instructions

  • Pour lemon juice through a mesh sieve to remove any seeds or large particles. Place strained lemon juice into the liner of the Instant Pot. Add sugar, and whisk until well combined.
  • Close the lid, and set the valve to sealing. Use the manual/pressure cook button to adjust the cook time to 1 minute. After 1 minute is up, open the valve for a quick release of pressure.
  • Carefully open the lid, and whisk the lemon syrup mixture. Pour into a jar or other heat safe container if not using immediately.
  • Add plenty of ice to a large pitcher, and start by adding 6 cups of water. Pour in some or all of the lemon syrup. Add more water or more lemon syrup as needed. (We like about 7-8 cups of water and all of the syrup.)

**Pink Lemonade Variation**

  • ½ – ¾ cup raspberry syrup (adjust to taste)

Notes

The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one (1) cup of Instant Pot lemonade. Actual calories will vary. The lemonade can be stored in your fridge for up to three (3) days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 206kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Sodium: 10mg | Sugar: 51g
Recipe Rating




Howard

Friday 23rd of July 2021

I must be a lemonade novice, didn’t know you’re supposed to cook it! Lol. Up til now, I just add water and sweetener to lemon juice

Kimberly

Friday 23rd of July 2021

Hi Howard!

You're right. Lemonade doesn't have to cooked. Lol! Water, sweetener, and lemon juice tastes amazing! When lemonade is made in the Instant Pot, it's more of a lemon simple syrup or a lemonade concentrate. It does change the flavor slightly since it's cooked. Have a great weekend!

Cheryl

Sunday 14th of April 2019

Interesting. I never thought to heat up or cook lemonade before! Thanks for sharing your recipe. 2 pounds of lemons seems kind of a lot to me, but then I'm always adjusting my recipes as a single. Thanks for sharing this new take on using the Instant Pot to make lemonade!

John

Monday 15th of April 2019

Thank you, Cheryl! I feel it comes down to preferences. Growing up, I never heated the lemon juice either. It was just lemon juice, water, and sugar. It's good that you make the adjustments, as needed. We do the same. Most recipes are for 4 or more people and we only have 3 in our home, so we have to adjust measurements too. Thank you again for commenting and have a lovely day :)