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!
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Looking for a healthier version of the summer dink favorite, Homemade Lemonade?
This super easy freshly squeezed lemonade sweetened with honey is the answer. This delicious lemonade recipe is packed with all natural flavors of lemon and honey without all the refined sugar.
WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE THE PERFECT HOMEMADE LEMONADE?
Lemonade is simple to make. There are 3 many ingredients you need to make the perfect 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.
When these 3 components are mixed together, lemonade is made. It’s like a refreshing magic potion that will bring you happiness and joy on any hot summer’s day!
HOW DO I NATURALLY SWEETEN LEMONADE?
If you didn’t catch the title… let me spell it out for you here. H-O-N-E-Y! That’s the secret to this all natural homemade lemonade recipe.
Raw honey is a great way to naturally sweeten lots of dishes and drinks including this homemade lemonade recipe. Typically, you can replace refined granulated 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) because honey is naturally sweeter than regular refined sugar.
Keep the good stuff good when making your honey lemonade. Raw honey has natural qualities that can benefit your health but overheating the honey or lemonade mixture can destroy these qualities. Some lemonade recipes recommend using hot water to help the honey dissolve. I use a blender to make this naturally sweetened honey lemonade because I want to 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 my 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 are often much cheaper (I bought these lemons for 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.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FUN PLANS FOR THE SUMMER?
HERE’S THE FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE. ENJOY!
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. 🙂
Easy Honey Lemonade
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!
- 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.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 5 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 131Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 0gSugar: 34gProtein: 0g
SANDRA ROBINSON says
I’M SO HAPPY I FOUND THIS RECIPE! I WAS DIAGNOSED RECENTLY WITH AN AUTOIMMUNE DISORDER AND THE SPECIALIST GAVE ME A VERY LONG LIST OF FOODS AND DRINKS THAT I CAN NO LONGER HAVE. THIS RECIPE IS VERY SIMPLE AND SOUNDS DELICIOUS! I CAN’T WAIT TO TRY IT! THANK YOU 🙂
Rowena Ruby Wichman says
I love this recipe and now drink this every morning with 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Your comment makes me smile. I’m so happy to hear how much you love this recipe. It’s a keeper. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
We love this recipe! My four year old really likes to help me in the kitchen and this is one of his favorites. If you do the slushy version I recommend warming the honey slightly, otherwise it can stick to the side of the blender. I usually warm 1/4 cup of water just slightly and then add the raw honey to that (just gently heat as to not destroy the enzymes in raw honey). Then all into the blender with the 5 cups of ice and the 1 cup of lemon juice.
Hi Kim. Thanks for stopping by. Glad to hear you love this recipe too.
Kim Heaslip says
I love this recipe! So much easier than making a simple syrup with sugar, and better for us too. Thanks for sharing!
Glad you liked this recipe. Stay cool this summer!
Wow! This is delicious! So easy too! Half cup of honey makes it perfectly tart. Thank you for sharing!
Hi Michelle. You can make this recipe ahead and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Thanks for stopping by.
Hi Deb. Thanks for stopping by. For this lemonade recipe, a serving is about 8 ounces.
I am definitely going to try this! How long does it last in the fridge?
Deb kondo says
How many ounces is a serving size?
Hi Jean! So great to hear you loved this recipe. Thanks for sharing.
The recipe is superb. I just reduced the honey because we like it real tart.
Hi John! Thank you for sharing. Yes, you can most definitely warm it in the microwave. Enjoy!
I’m going to try it, but you can also microwave the honey with a little water then shake it up out of the microwave. I make sun tea that way and I shake the tea when I add the microwaved honey.
Hi there! A blender is ideal for a super fast blend but if you don’t have one a pitcher and long spoon or whisk will work just fine. You may need to stir it for a few minutes to help the honey dissolve but it should taste just as yummy! Thanks for stopping by.
I don’t have a blender.Any other way to make it?
Thanks for sharing Marjorie! I just love hearing this. I’m glad you and your granddaughter had fun making this lemonade together. <3 Thanks for stopping by.
Marjorie Searl says
Made the lemonade with my six year old granddaughter. She LOVED it! Thanks. It a fun and easy recipe to make with a little one, with ingredients approved by Mom and Dad!
So glad you liked it!
DELICIOUS!!!! I love that it has Only beneficial ingredients.
You’re very welcome!
Claire Peske says
Used your recipe for honey lemonade…Thank you…