Lemonade is so refreshing on a hot summer day. It tastes great, gives you hydration, and is a favorite for all ages. Ditch the powdered mix and make it with honey in five minutes!
Depending on your age and where you grew up, you likely had those summer days where you roamed with the local kids all day long. Then someone's mom would bring out a pitcher of brightly-colored drinks to share. I'm here to show you how easy it is to make a thirst-quencher that doesn't have dyes or TONS of sugar!
Why You Need This Recipe
- Sweetened with honey, you get to control how sweet this is.
- You have everything on hand!
- Make this for a crowd - it's super easy to double or triple.
Lemon juice - It wouldn't be lemonade if you didn't start with lemon juice! And NO guilt about using the bottle here - that's what I do!
Honey - Local honey, raw honey, store honey. Whatever ya got.
Salt - Just a touch of salt ties everything together. I like to use Real Salt.
How to Make Fresh Lemonade
Add all ingredients to a half gallon jar or pitcher.
Pop on a lid and shake it like ya mean it!
Top off the jar with ice and cold water and give it a quick stir before serving.
Tips and Tricks
- It's essential to start with hot water. This allows the honey to dissolve so that it disperses through the entire jar.
- You can definitely juice your own lemons. I just find that citrus is one of the hardest fruits to get fresh up here, and there's nothing wrong with the bottled juice. Plus this way it's always on hand!
Make limeade! Just use lime juice instead of lemon.
Do you can your own fruit? Use that syrup for some or all of the honey to make some really fun flavours! Combine canned cherry syrup with lime juice for a fun treat.
What about using Rhubarb Mint Syrup? That would be a fun cocktail - the adults could add a little something to their glass if desired.
You get the most juice from citrus when it's room temp, so if you've had them stored in the fridge, let them sit on the counter a while before using. A citrus juicer will get the most out, but you can always hand-squeeze over a strainer to catch seeds. Perfect for kids to do.
I'm all about the more natural options, which is why I reach for honey. But if you're fresh out you can dissolve cane sugar in hot water as well, like a simple syrup. Some people keep simple syrup on hand for mixed drinks and you can easily make lemonade that way as well.
How to Serve Honey Lemonade
I love to make this up when we have a party, playgroup, or if you're in the suburbs just for kids coming over to play. Make something for everyone and also have large jars of iced tea and iced coffee ready to go.
Set out jars and mugs and everyone can make their own cuppa. Mint leaves work great as garnish for both tea and lemonade, and don't forget fresh cream for the coffee. Then just set out some crackers, veggies, and ranch dip and everyone will be smiling.
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Honey Sweetened Lemonade
- 1 cup hot tap water
- ⅓ cup honey
- ½ cup lemon juice or lime juice bottled or fresh-squeezed, whatever works best for you
- ⅛ teaspoon good salt
- In a 2qt/half gallon jar add all of the ingredients.
- Shake well to dissolve honey, then top up with cold water. Enjoy immediately or store in fridge for later.
- Jazz it up by serving with frozen fruit as ice cubes, mint leaves, lemon or lime slices, or just in a good ol' jar full of ice.
- Do you can your own fruit? Add the syrup from the bottle instead of honey for a new flavour experience.