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Honey Ginger Lemonade

Honey Ginger Lemonade

As the weather gets warmer, what better way to cool down than a refreshing beverage? This lemonade brings me right back to my childhood, when I would guilt all my neighbors into shelling out 25 cents for a paper cup of this sweet, tart drink. The lemonade I made back then was fine, but this upgraded take on the quintessential summer drink will have you squeezing lemons all season long. Fresh ginger adds a grown-up snap to this lemonade, a rhizome noted for its ability to aid digestion and soothe nausea. This recipe makes a relatively tart lemonade, just the way I like it. If you prefer yours on the sweeter side, use ½ cup to ⅔ cup honey. And be sure to try some of the other variations below!


Ingredients:

  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 3 cups water, divided
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 4 to 6 lemons

lemons, honey and ginger

Directions:

  1. Combine honey with ⅓ cup of the water and ginger slices in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once boiling, turn off the heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain and refrigerate until cold, at least 15 minutes. 
  2. Combine the honey-ginger syrup with the rest of the water and the lemon juice in a large mason jar or pitcher. Chill thoroughly.
  3. Enjoy!
honey ginger lemonade in mason jars

    Base Recipe and Variations

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, from about 4 to 6 lemons
    • ⅓ cup honey
    • 3 cups water

    Directions:

    1. Combine all ingredients together in a large mason jar or pitcher. Chill thoroughly, at least fifteen minutes, until honey has completely dissolved.

      Lavender-Honey Lemonade: Follow the steps as for Honey Ginger Lemonade, replacing ginger with 1 tablespoon of culinary-grade lavender. Don’t knock it until you try it—lavender and lemon are an amazing combination!

      Cucumber Honey Lemonade: Roughly chop a large cucumber and puree it in a food processor. Strain puree to get about 1 cup of cucumber juice. Substitute cucumber juice for 1 cup of the water.

      Natural Pink Lemonade: Puree 4 oz. raspberries with half of the lemon juice. Strain puree and add remaining ingredients.

      Sparkle Sips: Use sparkling water to make a refreshing sparkling lemonade.

      Meyer Lemon Honey Lemonade: If you see Meyer lemons at your local market, snap some up to make a batch of lemonade with these sweet, floral lemons. Go easy on the honey if you use Meyers, as they are naturally sweeter. Start with a small amount and add more as needed.

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