We鈥檝e all heard the phrase 鈥淲hen life gives you lemons, make lemonade.鈥 But there are plenty of recipes using this vitamin-packed, citrusy fruit that are *so* much better than plain old lemonade. The 20 recipes below are perfect for those sun-kissed summer days when we need something a little refreshing. Read on for some tangy, sweet聽and oh-so-delicious eats (and a few drinks).

1. Lemon Olive Oil Cake: Don鈥檛 leave your olive oil and lemon juice just for vinaigrette. Using olive oil as the main fat over butter has loads of聽nutritional benefits聽and makes for a moist-yet-light cake (almost pudding-like, really) with聽a crispy exterior.聽The lemon brings out the fruitiness of the olive oil. Enjoy under the sun and with friends,聽for a summer聽party聽or maybe just during聽tea time.聽(Photo via Jeanne Kessira)

2. White Wine Lemon Butter Pasta Sauce: Pasta is an absolute staple in the diet of any college student, but sometimes it can get a little boring eating the same old pasta with the same old tomato sauce. But the lemon and white wine in this sauce add a聽freshness and sophistication so delish that people will never guess it was made in just 15 minutes. This versatile dish can even be whipped up on the busiest of weeknights or for a special occasion.聽(Photo via Kelda Baljon)

3. Homemade Hummus: This聽creamy dip can add a Mediterranean flavor to a deli-style聽sandwich, be served as a dip for聽fresh聽or聽roasted聽veggies or used as a smokey condiment on聽burgers. A typical container of hummus costs about $4 at the store. However, this recipe makes double the amount you would get from that container and can cost as low as聽$2-$3 per batch. Once you鈥檝e mastered the basic recipe, you can play with聽spices聽and mix-ins like聽roasted peppers.聽(Photo via Kendra Valkema)

4. Lemon Ricotta Pancakes: The perfect combination of creamy and light, these lemon ricotta pancakes are sure to make your brunch聽better, whether they鈥檙e a pre-library or pre-wine treat. (Photo via Lauren J. Kaplan)

5. Lemon Caesar Salad With Homemade Croutons: This lemon Caesar dressing is a faux-Caesar, but it is no less delicious than the real thing鈥 probably due to a healthy amount of Parmesan cheese. Throwing in a bit of Dijon mustard and lemon juice to counteract the richness of the olive oil really steps up the dressing game here.聽(Photo via Nina Lincoff)

6. Homemade Limoncello: Opt out of fadorade and spiked slurpees for something a little more sophisticated while you soak up that sunshine. This Limoncello tastes like adult lemonade and works great as a present for just about anyone. (Photo via Savannah Carter)


7. Lemon and Cranberry Scones: Scones are the perfect solution for a college student who only has a cookie sheet.聽These are great served warm with homemade whipped cream and they make a perfect on-the-go snack the next day. An added bonus? You don鈥檛 have to hunt for new kitchen tools to make them.聽(Photo via Alia Wilhelm)

8. Fried Cheese Sandwich With Garlicky Herb and Lemon Mayo:聽If you ask us, street food is the best way to get a feel for a neighborhood鈥檚 attitude toward food, and this delicious dish right here is often聽sold by food trucks.聽The fried cheese with savory mayo will definitely bring you to a聽happy place in聽the comfort of your very own home. (Photo via Heather Harris)

9. Easy Lemon Sorbet Champagne Cocktail: Grab some bubbly and a shot of your favorite vodka, and then throw in a scoop of that lemon sorbet that鈥檚 been sitting in your freezer since last summer. Before you know it, you鈥檒l be celebrating the weekend in style with this聽simple and fruity concoction.聽(Video via Dylan Barth)

10. Lemon Jello Shots: Instead of wasting cups and being ordinary, use these three fruits to slurp your shot. Betcha can鈥檛 have just one ;)聽(Photo via Judy Holtz)

11. Sweet and Simple Lemon Bars: These lemon bars are among the simplest, most delicious聽recipes ever. And even though the only lemon flavoring requires very little juice, the tart flavor is unmistakable and a welcome change from the overly sweet desserts we鈥檙e all tired of. So when you鈥檙e looking for a switch-up, give these sweet and simple lemon bars a try. (Photo via Mark Zhang)

12. Fresh Mint Lemon Soda: This drink is everything you鈥檒l ever want and then some. It鈥檚 just so refreshing, tangy and light. And despite the fact that the mint is mixed straight into the glass, the herb isn鈥檛 overwhelming.聽(Photo via Yonatan Soler)

13. Lemon Meringue Pie: When life gives you lemons, don鈥檛 question yourself twice before baking聽this lemon meringue pie. While the presentation of this pie doesn鈥檛 ask for much, the baking process is much harder than it looks. But聽even聽if聽you end up struggling with聽shrinking meringue聽or a聽鈥渨eeping鈥聽lemon filling, the end result will undoubtedly be a聽tasty treat.聽(Photo by Jocelyn Hsu)

14. Chicken Piccata: The scent聽of lemon, butter and white wine wafting through the kitchen is one of the best scents out there. But when you bite into this tangy and fresh lemon-flavored chicken breast that鈥檚 topped with capers, it鈥檚 so much more than you ever could鈥檝e imagined. (Photo via Kelda Baljon)

15. Lemon Poke Cake: If you鈥檙e looking for an innovative, simple and refreshing summer dessert, this lemon poke cake hits the jackpot. This one鈥檚 a typical yellow sheet cake but is flavored with both lemon zest and lemon juice. Be sure to round it out with a聽hefty聽dollop of Cool Whip and聽extra lemon zest on top. (Photo via Megan Tang)

16. Lemon Quinoa With Peas: Let鈥檚 face it: We鈥檝e all reached that point where we are so busy that we panic at the thought of making anything besides pasta, pasta or more pasta. But no need to be ashamed, 鈥檆ause聽this five-ingredient聽lemon quinoa recipe will free you from your pasta prison. (Photo via Kelda Baljon)

17. Mediterranean Lemon Salad: If you鈥檙e super lazy but you want to be healthy, now you can be. This Mediterranean lemon salad is refreshing, light and nutritious, and you鈥檒l be surprised at how easy it is to make. (Photo via Ashley Crompton)

18. Lemon Cupcakes With Blackberry Frosting: These lemon cupcakes with blackberry buttercream frosting are the perfect combination of fruity and sweet. They taste like summer, and honestly who doesn鈥檛 love that fresh citrusy taste?聽(Photo via Dara Ades)

19. Brown Rice With Lemon Butter & Chives: Healthy carbs are always the way to go. Just add a little lemon and a light onion flavor from some fresh chives to this brown rice, and voila! You鈥檝e found yourself a new go-to recipe.聽(Photo via Chelsea Hawk)

20. Fireball With Lemon and Iced Tea: Cinnamon whiskey is a party classic,聽but how can you drink it in a less聽throat-scorching way? Well, this lemony recipe calms it down a little while still giving you the kick you want. (Photo via Libby Perold)

Have any more lemon recipes? Let us know in the comments below!