This Fresh Lemonade Recipe makes a cool refreshing drink from freshly squeezed lemons sweetened with just enough raw honey. There's a little added kick from ginger and a lovely touch of mint. It's the real deal genuine healthy lemonade!
There are two cold drinks I like to keep on hand during the summer months. Both have health benefits and can be enjoyed guilt-free. One is Iced Lemon Tea and the other is this Fresh Lemonade. When we’re going away with the RV, I often make up one or both of them before we leave and take them with us in jars in the fridge.
Because I don’t like to consume or serve sugary drinks, for the most part I just drink filtered water at home and on the road. However, there are times when you want a delicious, cold beverage on the patio! After searching and experimenting for years, I’ve landed on these two. They really hit the spot!
If your "just enough" sweetness is different from mine, simple adjust the amount of raw honey accordingly.
Lemon juice aids digestion and helps to detoxify your body. Interestingly, it actually helps to balance pH in your body by reducing acid levels. It’s also a great source of vitamin C. You can read Sixteen Health Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon Water at FoodMatters.com.
I’ve previously mentioned the antioxidant, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of raw honey in the Lemony Iced Tea post.
Ginger is a warming spice that can also alleviate digestive issues. Purchase your ginger root fresh. Peel the part you are using if it isn’t organic ginger. I chop mine up roughly and sometimes squeeze it in my garlic press for this recipe.
So, grab yourself a little bowlful of lemons, squeeze some juice, and enjoy! There’s no heating or cooling required for this recipe.
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 4 - 6 lemons
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 1-inch knob fresh ginger chopped and pressed
- 1 spring fresh mint chopped
- more fresh mint for garnish
- ice for serving
- Stir honey into water to dissolve.
- Add lemon juice, ginger, and mint, making sure they have been well pressed to release their juices.
- Strain the lemonade.
- Serve over ice, and garnish with fresh mint.
- Don't worry about picking out seeds as you squeeze the lemon juice. Your lemonade will eventually be strained anyway.
- If you'd rather skip the stirring of honey into water and the straining of your lemonade, use about 1/2 as much ginger, and make this in a blender. If you choose to go this route, you will need to pick out the seeds as you squeeze the lemons.