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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!
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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.
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.
And while I’m not extremely sensitive to sugar like some of my friends, I’d rather limit my intake of it when I can… and save sugar for things that count. (Ha!) Like cookies. And cake. And brownies.
Last summer, I got the hairbrained 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.
“Honey Lemonade?” you ask.
“Honey Lemonade,” I say!
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? Can I substitute something else to sweeten the lemonade?
If you’re not a fan of honey, I suggest not making this recipe, as the honey flavor shines through. However, I have a few other lemonade-centric recipes that you might like…
- Blueberry Lemonade
- Cherry Lemonade Margaritas
- Mixed Berry Mint Lemonade
- Spiked Blueberry Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
What do I need to make Honey Lemonade?
- Fun Pitcher (like this Clara Glass Pitcher, shown here.)
- a href=”http://amzn.to/2j0LCcy” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”>Citrus juicer.
Here’s how ya make it:
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!