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
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.