How to Make Beyonce's Grandmother's Lemonade Recipe

Beyonce's Lemonade
Ian Gavan / Stringer
Ian Gavan / Stringer

As the saying goes, "When life hands you lemons, make lemonade." Or, if you're Lady Bey, when life hands you a cult-like following, unlimited money, and an (allegedly!) no-good-cheatin' other half, you make a politically charged mixed media pop masterpiece that nods to the way your grandmother handled hardship with a voiceover of her lemonade recipe.

As there are very few times when life actually hands you lemonade, here's Beyonce's grandmother's bangin' lemonade recipe, as heard in the titular Lemonade. We can't all be Bey, but we can drink like her.

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Beyonce's Family's Lemonade Recipe

Total Time: Like, five minutes
Yield: 4-5 cups

  • One pint of water (or, 2 cups)
  • 1/2 pound of sugar (about 2 and a half cups)
  • The juice of eight lemons
  • The zest of lemon
  • Two jugs
  • A clean napkin
  • Tears of Jay Z (optional)
  • Take one pint of water, add half pound of sugar
  • Add the juice of eight lemons, the zest of half lemon
  • Pour the water from one jug, then to the other several times
  • Strain through a clean napkin