Healthy Lemonade Recipe with Local Honey
As summer temperatures start to heat up, we instinctively reach for cold beverages. Most of us have fond childhood memories of cooling off with a refreshing glass of lemonade. That classic tart-sweet combination is delicious!
Unfortunately, traditional lemonade recipes are not only chock-full of refined sugar, but most prepackaged lemonade powders contain additives and artificial food coloring. Reading the ingredients list is enough to squash your lemonade craving! The good news is that you don’t have to give up your favorite summertime sipping pastime, because making your own healthy lemonade is incredibly easy. All you need is lemons, water, and honey!
In addition to being an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids, lemons have strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The aromatic properties of lemon can even boost alertness and energy levels.
Honey has a wide array of health benefits. Allergy sufferers have found relief with the regular consumption of local honey, and its antiseptic properties neutralize gas and can relieve the discomfort from indigestion.
- 8 cups of water
- ½ cup of local honey
- 6 lemons, juiced
- Warm the water on the stove top using low heat.
- Add honey and mix until dissolved.
- Remove from heat and add the lemon juice.
- Use a strainer to filter out any stray lemon seeds.
- Experiment with the ratio of honey to lemon juice to find the perfect balance of tart and sweet.
- Chill and enjoy!
For a more decadent treat, use frozen fruit instead of ice cubes and add a garnish of lemon zest or mint.