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June 10, 2015

Honey Lemonade (Paleo, Refined Sugar Free)

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 Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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.

Go figure.

Honey Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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.

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.

In short, dessert.

Honey Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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.

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!

Honey Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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.

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.

And then you add fresh lemon juice and water. THAT’S. IT.

And it’s alllllllll kinds of good!

Honey Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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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Honey Lemonade | Cool down with a glass of naturally sweetened 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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Honey 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!

Course Drink
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Honey Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup honey

Lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice , freshly squeezed
  • 1 cup honey simple syrup (or more, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade)
  • 4 cups water

Instructions

  1. 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 glass jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
  2. Make the lemonade. In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water, stirring until incorporated.
  3. Chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. Enjoy cold!

What drink do you enjoy during the summertime to cool down?

32 Comments

  1. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Oooh, this sounds so wonderfully refreshing! It’s HOT here in Florida, and I’ve been craving something like this to cool off. I love the idea of adding honey to lemonade. I’ll have to give it a try!

    • Erin

      Thanks, Jenna! This really is delightful for a HOT day… and I bet Florida is way more muggy than it has been here. If you try this out, let me know what you think!

    • Erin

      Yes, ma’am! That’s how we roll over here… and I cannot wait to hear what you think about this! I hope it’s as delicious to you as it is to me.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Jessi! I’m a big fan, though I might be a little biased… 😉

  2. Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules

    I love that this is naturally sweetened and has only a few ingredients! We’re experiencing the same heat right now in California, and some of this sounds amazing right now.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Julia! I’m sorry y’all are experiencing the same kind of heat where you are, but I hope this lemonade cools you down! I know it’s helped me a lot this week.

    • Erin

      Glad you’re with me on this, Natalie! You’re welcome for the recipe — I hope it keeps you cool as the summer heat begins to intensify!

  3. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    We are bracing for 90 degrees or higher tomorrow, and this lemonade looks like it will be NEEDED around here. Thanks for sharing!

    • Erin

      Oh man. Those first days of the 90s are shocking. I hope it hasn’t been too bad and that you’ve had some of this to keep you cool!

  4. Mary @chattavore

    It’s funny..I live in Tennessee and it’s in the nineties here too and I LOVE IT. Really, that’s just because I despise the cold, but I make a promise every year never to complain about the heat so I can complain about the cold as much as I want. All that to say…I’m obsessed with lemonade right now and I would kill for a glass of this!!!

    • Erin

      Too funny, Mary! I’m originally from TN, and I feel like I never complained about the heat there because it was always really nice after the winter. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’m apparently more sensitive to the heat! C’est la vie. I’m totally obsessed with lemonade, too, so high five for that!

  5. Tedi

    Hi Erin! I love the sound of this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! Beautiful pictures too.

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Tedi! I had fun making this recipe, photographing it and drinking it! Next step? Making a cocktail using it!

  6. Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies

    do you know how many times I’ve tried to add honey to a cold drink? Because you basically just saved me years of my life! Honey simple syrup sounds delicious, and I’m always done for lemonade!

    • Erin

      Girl, we’re totally on the same wavelength because I’ve tried to add honey to cold drinks SO MANY TIMES, and they’ve all been a disaster. Honey simple syrup to the rescue! I hope you enjoy it AND this lemonade!

    • Erin

      Thanks so much, Heather! I appreciate it… and we’re doing wonderfully! I hope you and your baby girl are doing well. Can’t believe she’ll be one in September!

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  10. Krista

    This is what I need to be drinking all Summer! Yum!

  11. Jen

    I love lemonade and drink it all year long! I even mix it with sparkling water for some bubbles.

  12. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    I LOVE that this is sweetened with honey. I bet it adds such great flavor!

  13. Katerina @ diethood .com

    This looks so refreshing and delicious!! I can’t wait to try it!

  14. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    I’ve never been a fan of overly sweet drinks (or desserts), which is why I love your honey sweetened lemonade. What a great idea!

  15. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling

    I LOVE the idea of honey simple syrup!!

  16. Maryanne | the little epicurean

    BIG fan of honey lemonade. It’s the perfect summertime drink!

  17. Dawne

    I do not like honey. I do like lemonade so I think in this recipe next time I will try 3/4 Cup honey simple syrup and 1 1/4 Cups lemon juice. The original recipe, had too much honey flavor for me.

    • Erin

      Hey Dawne. I’m sorry to hear that this didn’t work out for you since you don’t like honey. If you try it again, I suggest making a maple syrup simple syrup or an agave nectar simple syrup using the same steps and proportions as the honey simple syrup. That might be more palatable for you if you enjoy those flavors. And either way, please let me know what you think if you give it another go!

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