Gygi’s Lemon Water

glass pitcher filled with Gygi lemon water, ice, and sliced lemons

This sweet and tangy drink has a been a family-favorite recipe for decades. You’ll love the simplicity and taste of Gygi’s Lemon Water.

We love to share tips, tricks, and recipes with our customers at Orson Gygi. Whether they’re planning a wedding reception or their child’s first birthday, we love sharing bits of information that will make the planning process easier.

We’ve gathered quite the collection of suggestions, but we always come back to this one recipe – Gygi’s Lemon Water! It is quick and easy to make! It is inexpensive and you can make a little or A LOT! And, most importantly, it’s uniquely delicious.

I’ve seen variations of this recipe called a variety of things – citrus punch, lemonade punch, citrus water, etc. But we’ve always called it Gygi’s Lemon Water! Partly because it looks like cloudy water! But, also because it’s not quite lemonade… it’s just a tart and sweet lemon water!

We’ve served Gygi’s Lemon Water at wedding receptions, barbecues, family reunions, baby showers, pool parties, picnics! You name the event- we’ve likely served Gygi’s Lemon Water.

The ingredient line-up is simple, but you don’t want to make any substitutions! Each ingredient adds a little magic to the drink.

Citric acid is the sour ingredient already found in citrus fruits. We add a couple tablespoons to boost the flavor of this punch. It packs a surprising tartness, without it being too overwhelmingly sour.

The pure lemon extract adds a pronounced lemon flavor. Stick with the pure extract for the cleanest flavor – imitation extract and lemon juice just don’t compete with pure extract!

Now for the sugar! You can adjust this amount to your taste preferences. Use between 2-3 cups of granulated sugar, adjusting to your desired level of sweetness!

Lastly, let’s talk about the garnishing touches. I always recommend adding ice! But also, a few fresh slices of lemon or lime elevate the look of the drink and inform the guests that its’ not just water.

Try Gygi’s Lemon Water at your next dinner party or gathering. You’ll love it.

Gygi's Lemon Water

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By Orson Gygi Serves: 1 gallon
Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 1 gallon cold water
  • 2 tablespoons citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons pure lemon extract
  • 2-3 cups sugar (adjust to taste)



Mix all ingredients together in a large pitcher.


Stir until sugar is dissolved.


Serve with ice and fresh lemon slices, if desired.

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    April 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It may taste good but the recipe for lemon water can hardly be called water. There is way too much sugar for regular consumption — there’s more sugar that you would put in a punch-type drink.

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      April 3, 2012 at 1:42 pm


      I agree. But unfortunately, I didn’t choose the name. This recipe has been around for years… and Lemon Water is what our customers know it as. But the wonderful thing about cooking is that you get to decide how much of each ingredient to put in. Add less sugar or try substituting the sugar for something more natural like Agave.

      Most of our customers use this recipe for events like weddings or banquets. So each guest would only have a small glass. And it is good to note that even though this Lemon Water is full of sugar, when compared to a can of soda, it does contain less sugar.

      Let me know if you try this recipe using a more natural sweetener. I’m interested to see how it goes! Thanks for your comment!


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    May 8, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    We served this at our wedding last year, and received requests for the recipe. So easy and so good, thanks for the reminder to make it!

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      May 8, 2012 at 3:42 pm

      Thanks for your comment! It makes a great wedding drink!

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    August 18, 2017 at 5:29 am

    I’ll make some of this for my friend this weekend. I bet she’ll love this. Thanks for the recipe.

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