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Chick-fil-a Lemonade

by Laura

Summer and lemonade go hand in hand.  To celebrate summer, it is lemonade week here at RMK this week. Now, my personal favorite lemonade is from Chick-fil-a.  Recently, my BBFF (best blogging friend forever) Melissa from Stockpiling Moms had the opportunity to visit the Chick-fil-a corporate headquarters and learn how to make their lemonade.  When I found out she has the recipe from Chick-fil-a, I had to give it a try. So, I was thinking it was the perfect way to begin lemonade week.

Personally, I order the diet version from Chick-fil-a which they make using Splenda.  They make the original lemonade with good old sugar.  Either way you make it, it is delish!  Thanks for sharing with me Melissa!

Chick-fil-a Lemonade | realmomkitchen.com

Here is what you need to make the

Chick-fil-a Lemonade

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Chick-fil-a Lemonade | realmomkitchen.com

Chick-fil-a Lemonade


  • 810 Sunkist lemons (that is what Chick-fil-a uses)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or Splenda for the diet version)
  • 5 1/3 cups water


  1. Juice lemons so you end up with 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice.
  2. Add lemon juice to a pitcher and whisk with the sugar until sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add water and whisk until well combined.
  4. Refrigerate until nice and cold. Enjoy!
  5. Serves 4-6.
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Recipe adapted from Stockpiling Moms.

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Kimberly May 14, 2017 - 12:59 pm

So excited to try this! With both of my pregnancies I have craved that stuff (usually on Sunday’s when they’re closed).

Jean May 13, 2017 - 2:17 pm

This recipe is very good. Much better than the previous one that I tried. Everyone’s taste is different, but the nice thing is that you can tweak it until you have what you like.

Robert Collins August 6, 2016 - 5:39 pm

BBFF? Are we still in high school?

J June 5, 2016 - 9:20 am

I used large lemons from Costco, comes in 5 lb bag. Using an efficient electric juicer to collect every drop, 4 1/2 lemons = 1.5 cups of juice. Produced enough juice from 5 lb. bag of lemons for three batches of lemonade.

I read comment about 1c of Splenda being too much. I tried 1/2 c, 3/4 c, then 1 c of Splenda. Without a doubt a full cup tasted most like CFA’s. Using large CFA Styrofoam cup, homemade recipe makes 2.5 servings and costs about $1 each vs. $2.24 (incl. tax) at local CFA.

Lee August 27, 2015 - 12:18 pm

We love lemonade and I’m anxious to try your proportions. When making sweetened drinks, I like to make a simple syrup with 1 cup of the water and 1 cup of sugar and chill it before adding to the rest of the ingredients. I also make lemonade “ice cubes” so the cubes don’t melt and dilute the lemonade.

Christine May 25, 2015 - 9:58 am

I buy the gallons from chick fil a all the time. This recipe is closest I’ve been able to find. For all those saying chick fil a has pasteurized lemonade that is not true. If you buy a gallon of lemonade is says in big letters “not pasteurized”.

Cindy December 6, 2014 - 7:21 am

Thank you for sharing this recipe- it is delicious!

KO October 21, 2014 - 1:35 pm

I took a tour at Chick Fil A and saw how they made the lemonade. It Is NOT pasteurized lemonade. Idk where you get your info from but it’s incorrect.

binny April 30, 2014 - 8:25 pm

The lemons will juice better if they are room temperature. Roll them on the counter before you cut them and it will be easier to get the juice out.

Ole February 14, 2016 - 2:18 pm

Even better if you put them 20 seconds in the Microwave!

Jo Mama March 13, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Do you use the same amount of Splenda as sugar if you want to make the sugar free version?

binny April 30, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Yes, Splenda measures the same as sugar- don’t use the packets!

Becca June 20, 2015 - 9:01 pm

I work at Chick-fil-A and we use much less splenda than sugar volume-wise. Using an entire cup of splenda might make it way too sweet.

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Kari July 21, 2013 - 4:14 pm

A recipe is just the ingredients used to make a dish. That’s great that your mom used the same one. For others who are curious about the measurements or particulars of something they would like to make, this post is very helpful. Don’t be so condescending.

anthony July 9, 2013 - 3:40 pm

how in the world is this a chick-fil-a recipe??? I grew up drinking home made lemonade and this recipe is how my mother made it a long time ago..( I’m 73 ) everybody knew how to make this.. Just shows you how much people today depend on someone else making the food they eat and drink…..

Robyn's Perfectly Ordinary Life July 4, 2013 - 10:52 am

Just tried this with our kids and a huge success! Best Lemonade ever will absolutely make again. Thanks for sharing.

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Caleshe April 6, 2013 - 1:03 pm

The water should be ice cold, we actually put ice in it and keep it in the fridge till time to poor into the lemon juice sugar mix.

maxine March 28, 2013 - 2:45 pm

Love my chick fil a lemonade!

Stefanie March 8, 2013 - 11:52 am

Yep, Melissa is right. Chick Fil A’s lemonade is fresh squeezed, every day. I used to work there and made it myself many times =)

Abby July 7, 2012 - 10:16 am

Theirs is pasteurized though

Melissa March 2, 2013 - 12:14 am

Chick-fil-A does NOT use pasteurized lemonade. Please ask for a back stage tour of your local Chick-fil-A or for them to demonstrate their lemonade to you. They have a team member in the kitchen cutting lemons in half, juicing them and following the steps on this site. I have witnessed it myself. Their lemonade is the best ever and it is because it is not pasteurized.

elizabeth matthews July 9, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Abby, where did you get this information?

Melissa @ Stockpiling Moms June 11, 2012 - 5:55 pm

It is the best ever!

Love and Hugs,



Kirsten June 11, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Yum! I really like lemonade. I’ve never had it from that restaurant but looking forward to trying out the recipe!


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