Poor Man’s Lemondade Restaurant Hack


$2 a pop?

With this recipe you can make you own lemonade for free-ninety-nine at most restaurants.

Poor Man's Sprite = $0



  • Glass of ice water
  • Half a lemon (sliced)
  • Half a lime (sliced)
  • 2 sachets of Sweet and Low


poor mans sprite ingredients


Step 1) Scope out the drinks station before you order – if you see cut fruit, hold the soda.

lemons and lime buckets in a restaurant
Step 2) Pour yourself a glass of ice water with a little room at the top.

cup full of ice and water

Step 3) Squeeze in the juice of half a lemon and half a lime. Put the rinds in too.

squeeze lemons and limes into water

Step 4) Pour in two packets of Sweet and Low sweetener. Stir.

pour in the sweet and low

Step 5) Enjoy your drink! And that extra $2 in your pocket. You’re welcome very much.

delicious poor man's sprite



  1. Free to you (potential savings between $2 and $250,000 a lifetime)
  2. Just 18 calories per serving (10 from the lime, 8 from the lemon)
  3. You control the sweetness
  4. More nutritious than real lemonade (possibly?)

Nutritional Value:

  • 40% RDA vitamin C
  • 1.5% RDA Potassium
  • 1% RDA Calcium
  • 1% RDA Iron
  • 0.5% RDA Protien


  1. It’s not carbonated
  2. You feel like a tool-bag making it
  3. Probably not encouraged by restaurant owners


sprite and other soft drink options at a restaurant soda fountain


Recipe Variations


Poor Man’s Fanta - substitute lemon and lime for orange (not available at all locations)