Cool down this summer with a glass of refined sugar-free and paleo-friendly Honey Lemonade! A mix of tart lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water, this drink is perfect to enjoy on a hot summer’s day!
We went from rainy and incredibly thunderstorm-y in Dallas to hot and humid in no time. And while I love the summertime, I don’t love the heat.
Yes, despite being raised in the South and having lived my entire life here (minus three months spent in Tuscany), I cannot handle the heat.
When the weather gets as warm as it is now–the upper 90’s… and we’re facing down the 100’s already–I need a drink to help me stay cool.
Why I love this recipe:
But as I’ve gotten older and learned more about the food we eat, I have strayed away from lemonade. Because while it’s delicious, it’s generally packed full of sugar.
Last summer, I got the idea that naturally sweetened lemonade might be something to look into. I made my Mint Lemonade this way, and it was quite tasty.
This summer, I’ve stepped up my game with this Honey Lemonade.
Looking for a drink, but don’t know where to begin? My Drinks Recipe Index has got some ideas for you!
What you need to make Honey Lemonade
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- Fun Pitcher (like this Clara Glass Pitcher)
- Citrus juicer
- Fine mesh strainer, to strain out lemon pulp
In addition to these tools, you’re going to need a few ingredients to make this naturally sweetened lemonade:
- Honey—I like to use a locally sourced honey, but anything you’ve got works!
- If you don’t want to make your own honey simple syrup, you can purchase honey simple syrup from a few companies, too!
- Lemons for juicing or a bottle of freshly squeezed lemon juice—you can find this on the refrigerated shelves at your grocery with pre-cut fruits and other related items
How to make Honey Lemonade
Make the Honey Simple Syrup
Like any simple syrup, you’ll make this in a small saucepan. We make a honey simple syrup so that it mixes into the lemonade more easily. Honey tends to clump up if you’re using cooler water, and this makes the process easier, in my opinion.
Combine equal parts water and honey. Bring ’em to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
Transfer to a small mason jar, and keep in the fridge for up to two weeks. That’s it.
Make the Lemonade
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water. Stir ’em together until incorporated.
Chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. Don’t add ice to the lemonade, though, because as it melts, the lemonade will become diluted.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do you call this Honey Lemonade? Is there really NO sugar?
Because it’s sweetened with honey! There is NO granulated sugar added to it. It’s allllllll honey.
The key to this drink is the honey simple syrup. Honey is so wonderful for sweetening drinks and baked goods, but it gets kind of gloopy whenever you add it to cold liquid.
Honey simple syrup comes to the rescue, allowing you to add (more) liquid-y honey to your lemonade without the textural weirdness that sometimes comes with it.
What if I don’t like the taste of honey? Will I still like this Honey Lemonade?
If you’re not a fan of honey, I suggest not making this recipe, because the honey flavor shines through.
Can I substitute something else to sweeten the lemonade?
If you want to make this honey lemonade recipe, I suggest following the recipe.
However, if you’re looking for another lemonade that might be a better fit for your tastebuds and likes, I have a few other recipes that you might like…
- Blueberry Lemonade
- Cherry Lemonade Margaritas
- Mixed Berry Mint Lemonade
- Spiked Blueberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
Cool down this summer with a glass of refined sugar-free and paleo-friendly Honey Lemonade! A mix of tart lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water, this drink is perfect to enjoy on a hot summer's day!
Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 cup honey simple syrup, (or more, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade)
- 4 cups water
Make the Honey Simple Syrup
- In a small saucepan, combine the cup of water and honey.
- Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat.
- Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Make the Lemonade
- In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water, stirring until incorporated.
- Chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. Enjoy cold!
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Serving Size:1 glass
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 224Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 60gFiber: 0gSugar: 59gProtein: 0g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.