Citron Presse: Lemon Press French Beverage With a Twist

Citron Presse: Lemon Press French Beverage With a Twist

Citron Presse frais at Café de Flore. Photo ©: ::fanny::Citron Pressé

Citron pressé is a popular, refreshing drink served in French cafés. Translated as “pressed (squeezed) lemon,” it’s homemade lemonade at its finest. Order it in a café and you’ll get a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice, a shaker of sugar, cold water and a few ice cubes. Sprinkle in some sugar, stir, add water et voilà, a refreshing drink for summer or anytime.

Serves 1.


  • 1 lemon
  • superfine sugar
  • water + ice cubes


Squeeze the lemon. Strain the juice into a tall glass. Sprinkle in some sugar, stir in the water and taste. Add more sugar if needed, put in a few ice cubes and enjoy!

Et voilà!

Debra Fioritto contributes delicious French recipes to BonjourParis—follow her at: @DebraFioritto on Twitter, Fabulous French FoodJulia’s Paris & Provence and Tour de Forks Uncommon Epicurean Adventures.


Café de Flore citron pressé frais ©::fanny:: CC License

Intro photo of citron pressé ©shewhoeats CC License

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