One thing that we humans share with bees is a desire for sweet liquids. They gather plant nectar and we use various forms of sugar to sweetened our favorite drinks. Another way to bring a little bee into your life is the use of honey. Honey is a natural sugar. This recipe for honey sweetened lemonade is sure to hit your sweet spot on a hot day.
Make Homemade Lemonade with Honey
Homemade lemonade is a refreshing treat for any warm day. It is very easy to make and this recipe uses no refined sugar. When using honey in recipes you get the sweetness you crave and various vitamins, minerals and nutrients.
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Water – There is no need to acquire “special water” for making lemonade. However, if you wish to use a certain type there is no harm in doing so. I usually use filtered water straight out of the refrigerator door.
Lemons – When shopping for lemons, be sure to choose fresh ones that are not shriveled or puckered. These will produce the most lemon juice. They should be at room temperature.
Choose your fresh lemons and be sure to wash them well upon returning home. Who knows how many grubby hands have been squeezing them in the grocery store.
Honey – Regular raw honey is great for making lemonade or using as a substitute sweetener in most recipes. The multi-floral blend is often called wildflower honey. The bees made it from a mix of many different types of plant nectar.
Of course, you could choose a special variety honey (clover, tupelo etc.) but be careful. You do not want your flavors to clash and not every type of honey flavor blends well with lemon flavor.
Use room temperature lemons for juicing. If you do not have a true juicer, cut the lemons in half and use the back of a tablespoon to express the juice.
The little bottles of lemon juice that you can buy will work too. However, the flavor will be very different than that of fresh squeezed lemons.
Honey is water soluble thank goodness. But it is difficult to mix in cold water – that’s why we are warming only a small portion of water to decrease the viscosity of the honey.
This cold drink is perfect for hot Summer or anytime you need something cool and refreshing. However, don’t forget that honey, lemon and ginger make an awesome hot tea. And, many folks rave about the benefits of homemade fire cider.
How Long Does Homemade Lemonade Keep?
Homemade lemonade will last about 5-7 days in the refrigerator. I like to keep it in a covered pitcher (a bit of plastic wrap will do). Or, use your DIY beeswax wraps to protect your honey lemonade.
Honey Lemonade Recipe
- lemon juicer (optional)
- 1 cup lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 4 cups water
- Measure 3 1/2 cups of cold water and put into a small pitcher or similar container.
- Slice one of the lemons into thin slices and set aside.
- Use a knife to cut the other lemons in half. Use a juicer (or your hands) to squeeze them and remove most of the juice into a small container. Discard the peeling ,pulp and seeds. You need 1 cup of juice.
- Measure your 1/2 cup of honey into a small bowl. And 1/2 cup of very warm to hot water. Stir, stir, stir until well blended.
- Pour the honey water mixture, and lemon juice into your main water container and stir briskly for a few minutes. Now add the retained pieces of sliced lemon. Put your honey sweetened lemonade in the refrigerator and allow it to cool.