Lemonade like Chick-fil-A

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Full disclosure here before I go rattling off the lemonade recipe.  I have spent 9 years working in marketing for Chick-fil-A.  I know the exact recipe, made in large amounts.  However the division to make just one gallon at home doesn’t work out so easily. I have played around with the recipe for years to get it as close as I can to the measurement that is used on a larger scale at CFA.

I have made this recipe at home and for social gatherings on numerous occasions and have had people ask me if I was serving  Chick-fil-A Lemonade.

The truth of the ingredient list for Chick-fil-A lemonade is no secret, they are very proud of the fact that their lemonade has only
three ingredients.

Lemons, Sugar, and Water


It’s the ratio of each ingredient that makes it taste so good.
The Lemonade like Chick-fil-A recipe is:
2.5  cups   Lemon Juice   (freshly squeezed – approx. 15 lemons)
10.5   cups Water
2.5   cups Sugar  (you can substitute Splenda, about 2.5 ounces)
Yield: 1 Gallon

You can stir the sugar in the lemon juice until completely dissolved.  However, personally I like to use a couple cups of the water and heat it to just before boiling and add the sugar to the hot water, stir until sugar is completely dissolved, then add the rest of the cold water and the hot sugared water, then add in the lemon juice.   Either way, the sugar must be completely dissolved before adding the cold water.
Refrigerate, and enjoy.

The honest to goodness, goodnes to Chick-fil-A Lemonade is fresh lemons, juiced daily. Chick-fil-A uses only premium grade A fresh lemons, the lemons are washed every single time before they start the slicing and juicing process.  They never skimp on washing the lemons. It takes hours every day to slice and juice hundreds of lemons.  So if ever you find yourself complaining about the price of Chick-fil-A Lemonade, just remember the labor that goes into every cup of that pure deliciousness.

Of course I do not have a commercial grade citrus juicer like CFA has, I peel the lemons and use my Jack LaLanne Juicer.

side note: I love Chick-fil-A: the company, the food, the people, the cleanliness, the friendliness, the cow, the marketing, the way they are involved in the community, that they are closed on Sundays, and I could go on and on, but you get the picture.
Chick-fil-A is a great company with great people and they do a great job.  By making the occasional lemonade at home, I am not taking anything from Chick-fil-A. I will still purchase lemonade when I am there.  I have just worked it out through the years to occasionally make a very similar tasting recipe at home.


If you want a short cut lemonade:  All the hype about those fresh squeezed lemons and all the work it will take for you to get 2.5 cups of lemon juice, might just deter you from making this wonderful recipe.  If so, here’s a short cut.  Use bottled lemon juice.  Use the same recipe above, by replacing the fresh squeezed lemon juice with bottled lemon juice but, you will only need about 1.5 cups of lemon juice, for some reason the bottled stuff seems to be a bit more tart.
You will still have a great tasting lemonade that runs a close second to the taste of fresh squeezed lemons with a fraction of the work to make it.
Just so there is no misunderstanding, it’s only fair to mention that the short cut is mine alone.
Chick-fil-A would never take that short cut.

 Now go and have yourself a nice tall glass of cold lemonade 🙂

Do you have any recipes that are similar to your restaurant favorites, if so please share them with us.

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Hey Y'all, I'm Debra, Southern but not a Charmer - A little bit opinionated, a little bit stubborn, a little bit strong willed, and a little bit witty. Homemaker & Homeschooler - Enjoys Cooking and Crafting but not Cleaning - Never enough time to do it all - Gotta have Coffee, Chocolate, Good Books, Flipflops, and the occasional Sweet Tea- Runner Wannabe - Finding and claiming balance between healthier options for home and body, but not being a slave to those choices. Lover and Follower of Jesus, it's a relationship not a religion.
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2 Responses to Lemonade like Chick-fil-A

  1. Jebbica says:

    I love Chick-Fil-A too, and I became addicted to their diet lemonade! I finally figured out how to make it myself and drink it probably more than I should. I love CFA but a gallon of lemonade is like $11.50! I can’t afford to drink theirs, lol. Thanks for sharing on #FoodandFitnessFriday!
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    • Debra Debra says:

      You are right it’s pretty pricey per gallon, I try not to think about that when I buy 1 cup at a time 🙂
      The best part about the diet lemonade it that it’s taste is so similar to the non diet.
      I think I will go have a glass of lemonade right now 🙂 I did make some yesterday and I’m surprised that we still have some left.

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