Homemade Honey-Sweetened Lemonade

Honey Sweetened Lemonade-- no white sugar here!!

I have a sweet tooth just as much as the next person, but I also know that too much sugar makes my body function like a geriatric patient. I try to avoid it in my everyday diet, but I don’t freak out at the occasional indulgence.

That being said – this lemonade is not an occasional indulgence kind of thing – it’s a twice-weekly-in-the-summer kind of thing! It’s delish. The perfect mixture of sweet and tart, and beautifully refreshing as a break from water (we typically just drink water around here).

To be honest, homemade lemonade is ridiculously easy. Water + lemon juice + sweetener. Most recipes floating around the web use white sugar, and plenty of it, but I’m really a fan of natural sweeteners wherever possible. My recipe uses honey instead of white sugar*.

*I added a few tablespoons of organic sugar to my latest batch because I don’t love the taste of grocery-store honey. I was spoiled back in Tiny Town with the most amazing local, creamed, organic honey that tasted like heaven. If I had that I’d use all honey, so that’s how I am writing the recipe. 

Make a big pitcher and keep it in the fridge (big canning jars work great too!), and enjoy! Lasts probably a week or so, but I’ve never had the chance to really test that because it always disappears so quickly!

Homemade Honey-Sweetened Lemonade
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Serves: 6
  • 8 cups Water
  • 6 Lemons, juiced
  • ½ cup Honey
  • Ice (optional)
  1. Warm water on stovetop and add honey
  2. Once honey is dissolved in warm water, remove from heat
  3. Add juice from 6 lemons (use a strainer when pouring to keep out seeds)
  4. Pour into pitcher and chill
  5. Serve and enjoy!
I like my lemonade sorta on the tart side. Feel free to adjust the amount of honey/sugar to taste!

Also - try adding other frozen fruit (like raspberries) to fancy it up and vary the flavour!

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  1. Andrea B says

    I don’t remember specifically, but I doubt the peel was included. I would add a little piece of peel for flavor, I think, but otherwise, just the lemon half without the peel.

  2. Melissa E says

    Sounds Good! I have been making the fermented Hindu lemonade. Not sweet but definitely refreshing! Instead of the honey add 1/2 a cup of rapadura or succant. 1/2 cup liquid Whey (home made from raw milk)1/2 tsp nutmeg. Leave on counter 2 days then transfer to fridge and drink! The sugar gets eaten as it ferments and produces good bacteria for your digestive system!

    • says

      We have done the SAME THING! And it tastes pretty well the same as regular lemonade – LOVE it. We just started brewing water kefir a few months ago, and it’s awesome :) What other flavours do you like? I like grape, but am not a fan of pomegranate.

  3. Andrea B says

    I saw a recipe using ice, white grapes and a lemon is a vitamix (other high-powered blenders likely work, too). I want to try that one day. Less sugar, more fiber–but I love honey! I only sweeten with honey, dates, or stevia.


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