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The Best Instant Pot Lemonade (lemonade concentrate)

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Instant Pot Lemonade is the ultimate lemonade recipe. Perfectly sweet and a sunny citrus flavor in every sip! A delicious lemonade concentrate that will be a hit this summer.

All you need is water, lemons and some sugar to make an incredible homemade lemonade. 

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You might be thinking why to use the pressure cooker to make lemonade, and I have an answer! Instant Pot Lemon just got a makeover with this good lemonade recipe.

 With a 5 minute cook time, it infuses all the fresh lemon flavor to create a lemon syrup you add water to. This is such an easy lemonade recipe you have to try.

You create the perfect cup of lemonade each and every time. Make a single glass of lemonade or a pitcher of lemonade

How to Make Instant Pot Lemonade 

Step1: Start by zesting 2-3 lemons. Set the zest aside. 

Step 2: Now juice 5 large lemons to equal a cup of lemon juice. Pour through a strainer or cheesecloth to catch the pulp and seeds. 

Step 3: Pour a cup of water into the pressure cooker. Next add in the lemon juice, zest, and sugar. 

Step 4: Stir and place the lid on in the sealing position. 

Step 5: Cook on high pressure for 5 minutes. Once it is done cooking allow it to naturally pressure release.

Step 6: Once done the lemonade syrup is done. Allow the lemonade syrup down and then add 3-5 cups of water to taste. 


How Strong Is This Pressure Cooker Lemonade

Depending on how much water you add to the lemon concentrate, it will affect the flavor.

Less water will be stronger while more water dilutes and gives a mellow flavor. It’s up to you what you choose to mix. 

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You will want to store your fresh lemonade in the fridge in an airtight container. When you go to pour a cup, I recommend stirring well. The lemonade can separate a bit as it sits.

This instant pot drink just allows for a hands off approach for cooking lemonade syrup.

Expert Tips

  • Reach for fresh lemons, you don’t want to use lemons that are spoiling.
  • If you zest, make sure to only zest the yellow portion of the lemon. Otherwise, the lemon zest will be tart.
  • You could add in some strawberries or even blueberries to change up the recipe a little bit.

This is an easy Instant Pot drink recipe, and you can print recipe below.

Variations To Recipe

  • Add frozen berries to act as ice and a sweet treat. 
  • Summer Brew is an alcoholic beverage that is great to serve as a summer drink. Beer, vodka, and lemonade collide. 
  • Whiskey lemonade is another cocktail that is calling your name. Pair with your favorite whiskey for a tasty drink! 

Recipe FAQs

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Instant Pot Lemonade

Yield: 10 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Instant Pot Lemonade is a homemade lemonade recipe. This is a fresh lemonade that is full of sweet flavor.


  • 1 cup lemon juice (about 5 medium sized lemons)
  • 3/4 cup sugar divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3-5 cups water


  1. You will want to zest about 2 lemons to get the zest.
  2. Then juice your lemons you will want 3/4 cup to 1 cup of lemon juice. I used a strainer to remove the seeds and the pulp. You will want to strain before you pour into the Instant Pot.
  3. Add in one cup of filtered water to the Instant Pot.
  4. Add in 1/2 cup of granulated sugar.
  5. Place the lid on the Instant Pot and make sure the valve is sealed.
  6. Cook for 5 minutes and then natural release. Strain your lemonade concentrate to remove the lemon zest.
  7. Once your lemonade concentrate is done, you will pour into your pitcher.
  8. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and stir it around. Then fill up with some ice to cool it down and then pour in 3-5 cups of filtered water.
  9. You will want to taste test your lemonade to ensure it is the right strength, that is why the water will vary in what you pour in.


You can add additional sugar if you would prefer to have a sweeter sugar.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 62Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 0g
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Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Under your “expert tips”, did you mean only zest the “yellow” part and not the “white” pith part? I thought it was the outer yellow part that had the flavors.


Friday 27th of August 2021

@Kelsey, super….gonna make it now😊


Wednesday 18th of August 2021

Thanks, I am sorry, yes it is the yellow. I mistyped! Got it fixed.


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

We made this yesterday and this is amazing! It just aint summer without lemonade. And i like that i know exactly what is in this!

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Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Any idea how long the concentrate would last in the fridge if I don’t make the lemonade right away? Or could you freeze the concentrate to use later? I have a bag of lemons now but don’t need the lemonade quite yet.


Thursday 5th of March 2020

It will last about a week in the fridge, as in terms of freezing I haven't tried but you could try it!

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