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!

Love a cool drink for the summertime? Don’t miss Strawberry Lemonade, Watermelon Agua Fresca and Raspberry Mango Sangria!

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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.

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.

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    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.

    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 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.

    Other summertime sippers you might enjoy: Strawberry Margarita | Frozen Moscow Mule | Watermelon Frose | Pimm’s Cup

    Looking for a drink, but don’t know where to begin? My Drinks Recipe Index has got some ideas for you!

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    What you need to make Honey Lemonade

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    In addition to these tools, you’re going to need a few ingredients to make this naturally sweetened lemonade:

    • Water
    • 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
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    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.

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    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…

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    Yield: 12 servings

    Honey Lemonade

    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 5 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes

    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

    1. In a small saucepan, combine the cup of water and honey. 
    2. Bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. 
    3. Store in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

    Make the Lemonade

    1. In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, honey simple syrup and water, stirring until incorporated.
    2. Chill in the refrigerator or serve over ice. Enjoy cold!

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    Nutrition Information:


    12 glasses

    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.

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    1. 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!

      1. 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!

    2. Honey lemonade… mint lemonade?! Oh my goodness, you’re speaking my language! Can’t wait to make this!

      1. 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.

    3. 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.

      1. 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.

    4. I agree, I’d rather eat my sugar than drink it. Thanks for the recipe – I love lemonade during the summer (esp here in TX!)

      1. 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!

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

      1. 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!

    6. 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!!!

      1. 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!

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

      1. 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!

      1. 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!

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

    8. 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!

    9. 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.

      1. 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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