A refreshing homemade lemonade recipe made with freshly squeezed lemons and naturally sweetened with honey. This easy honey lemonade recipe will be a summer drink favorite!
Looking for a healthier version of the summer favorite, Homemade Lemonade? This super easy, so refreshing freshly squeezed lemonade sweetened with honey is the answer. This delicious lemonade recipe is packed with all natural flavors of lemon and honey. Cut the refined sugars and grab the honey with this amazing 3-ingredient Honey Lemonade recipe.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THE PERFECT HOMEMADE LEMONADE?
You need 3 simple ingredients to make a delicious, refreshing homemade lemonade.
- Lemon juice – fresh is best but bottled can still make a great homemade lemonade.
- Sweetener – usually you see this in the form of refined white granulated sugar but in this recipe, I use raw natural honey.
- Water – this can be in the form of warm or cold water or ice cubes. Lemon juice is like concentrate. To make a delicious homemade lemonade you really need to dilute the lemon juice and acidity.
The answer to this question was really quite simple. I think that’s why we all love homemade lemonade so much, right? Hot weather and summer sunshine here we come!
HOW DO I NATURALLY SWEETEN LEMONADE?
You can use raw honey to naturally sweeten a homemade lemonade recipe. If you like the flavor of honey it’s a great choice of sweetener. Typically, you can reply sugar in a recipe by using honey at a 3 parts honey to 4 parts sugar (i.e. 3/4 cup honey for every 1 cup granulated white sugar).
Honey is a fabulous natural sweetener, especially in homemade honey lemonade. You will find recipes that recommend using hot water to help the honey dissolve. I use a blender to make this naturally sweetened honey lemonade because it helps retain as much of the good qualities and “health” benefits raw honey possesses.
WHAT KIND OF LEMON JUICE SHOULD I USE TO MAKE HOMEMADE LEMONADE?
Fresh lemon juice is best but bottled (store-bought) can be used. I think homemade lemonade made with freshly squeezed lemon juice really brings out the natural flavors and has an overall better flavor.
I buy lemons from a local Rancho Market. They aren’t anything special, just plain Jane lemons. I like to buy them at this market because they sell them by the pound rather than per lemon and they often sell them much cheaper (like 2 pounds for a dollar!) If you don’t have a lemon tree, it’s always worth it to look at local ads to see if a store near you has them on sale.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS HONEY LEMONADE RECIPE COST TO MAKE?
This homemade honey lemonade recipe easy to make and inexpensive especially if you have a lemon tree! Even if you don’t, this recipe is quick cheap to make and so worth trying this summer.
Prices for supplies may vary depending on location and store you purchase groceries from. I try to shop bulk food stores, use coupons, watch ads and shop sales (like case lot), buy supplies in bulk to save money in the long run and use homegrown produce and herbs when available. These are a great way to stay within my grocery budget without sacrificing flavor or nutrition.
Here’s a list of the ingredients and my cost:
- Lemons (freshly squeezed lemon juice) – $0.50
- Honey – $1.20
- Water – FREE
The total cost for me to make this delicious, refreshing homemade lemonade sweetened with honey was less than $2. With only 3 ingredients (2 if you don’t count the water 😉 ), this honey lemonade recipe is a must try this summer. Really, with the health benefits of lemon and honey, it might even be a good choice for flu season.
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Here’s the recipe card for this delicious homemade lemonade with honey. I hope you can beat the heat and enjoy the sunshine with a tall glass of this lemonade in hand. 🙂
- 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed is best (about 1lb of lemons)
- 1/2 cup raw honey, if you like your lemonade sweeter you can add a little more
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender. Puree for 30 seconds to 1 minute to mix and dissolve honey.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.
To make a honey lemonade slush, replace the water and ice cubes with 5 cups of ice. Blend until smooth and slushy. Serve immediately.