Here's a summertime favorite with a healthy twist. An easy lemonade recipe with honey and a splash of orange.
One of my favorite summertime treats is the fresh squeezed lemonade you get at festivals. You know the lemonade stands where they squeeze the lemon juice while you wait, and shake it with superfine sugar and ice? Well, here's an easy version you can make at home without refined sugar.
This recipe starts with making honey simple syrup. Which is a fancy way of saying honey dissolved in hot water. This makes it easy to mix into the lemon juice. If you've ever tried to stir honey into a cold drink, you know it just stays together and sinks to the bottom of the glass.
I like to use a honey that compliments the citrus flavors. Try orange blossom honey, or a berry honey like raspberry or blueberry, if you can find it. This post include some affiliate links for your convenience. You can read our full disclosure policy here.
Squeezing the lemons goes pretty quickly with a handheld citrus juicer. I have a few different ones and this is the one I like best. You can have all the lemons juiced in the time it takes to heat the water.
Serve the lemonade over a full glass of ice—with a squeeze of orange to add an extra hint of citrusy sweetness. And I like to use paper straws (like these bamboo ones) or glass straws instead of plastic.
However you drink it, this easy lemonade recipe with honey is perfect for a hot summer day!
- 3 cups filtered water, divided
- ¼ - ⅓ cup honey
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- ice for serving
- orange wedges for serving
- Heat 1 cup water in saucepan over medium heat.
- Remove from heat and stir in honey until dissolved. Pour into pitcher and stir in remaining water and lemon juice.
- Chill and serve over ice with orange wedges.