Honey Sweetened Lemonade

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When you need a cool refreshing beverage, few things compare to a tall glass of lemonade. Combining the zesty taste of lemon and the natural sweetness of honey results in a delicious and nutritious drink. Say goodbye to artificial sweeteners and refined sugars. This recipe for honey sweetened lemonade is sure to hit your sweet spot on a hot day.

Fresh glass of homemade honey sweetened lemonade and pitcher.

How to Make Lemonade with Honey

How sweet should a glass of lemonade be? Well, that depends on who you ask – some enjoy more tartness than others. No matter while side of the sweet/sour scale you may be on – using honey instead of sugar in your lemonade works great.

There are actually several benefits to using honey to sweeten lemonade – beyond the obvious sweetness of course.

Honey is considered a healthier option than most refined sugars. It contains natural minerals, vitamins and enzymes that are beneficial to the body. While white sugar is just empty calories.

Depending on the variety of honey you choose, it adds subtle floral flavors to your lemonade. The color of honey and even flavor vary depending on the nectar source used to make it.

When using honey in recipes you get the sweetness you crave and some added nutrition and flavor. That’s on reason those interested in natural remedies make Fire Cider with Honey.


  • lemons
  • honey
  • water
Honey in a bowl, water and fresh lemons.

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.

Expert Tips

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.

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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. Another great idea for hot weather is homemade honey popsicles – featuring the fruit of your choice.

However, don’t forget that honey, lemon and ginger make an awesome hot tea. You can sweeten any type of tea with honey. And, many folks rave about the benefits of homemade fire cider.

Do you enjoy making natural remedies? If so, you can use honey to make your own homemade cough drops. You can make them in any shape you wish.

Of course if you are planning a honey-themed party (and why not), consider whipping up some of these crispy honey cookies. If you use the bee shaped cookie cutters they are adorable. And of course, this healthier version of peanut butter cookies is always a winner.

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.

Serving Suggestions

If you feel in a festive mood or are planning a special party, don’t be afraid to “dress up” your beverage with these variations.

  • add slices of fresh fruit – like strawberries, blueberries or peaches
  • a few fresh mint leaves would be nice
  • a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg is a nice touch

Pairing Suggestions

Just sitting on outside near your bee friendly patio garden is very nice indeed. But, maybe you want something to eat as well?

Try some simple sandwiches or a summer salad like this Honey Lime Fruit Salad using fruit in season.

For a more substantial meal, throw some pork chops with a honey glaze on the grill. And in keeping with our theme – consider this delicious honey glazed pineapple. (Those might be better after the lemonade though – if it is a little too tart – 😉

Indulge in some natural goodness with this easy honey lemonade recipe. It is a refreshing twist on a classic favorite. Quench your thirst guilt-free with this irresistible beverage.

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Pitcher and glass of honey sweetened lemonade with slices.

Honey Lemonade Recipe

Charlotte Anderson @ Carolina Honeybees, LLC
Bring the fresh taste of homemade lemonade to your kitchen. Only 3 ingredients are needed to make this recipe and the refreshing flavor it great any time.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 114 kcal

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  • 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.


*Adjust the amount of honey and water to suit your tastes.  If you enjoy sweet lemonade – use 3/4 cup of honey for the recipe instead of 1/2.
*Be sure to wash your lemons before using.
*You can use bottled lemon juice from concentrate but the flavor will be very different.
*Add a few sprigs of mint or raspberries if desired.
*Cover the pitcher while it sits in the fridge to chill.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 114kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 11mgPotassium: 68mgFiber: 1gSugar: 29gVitamin A: 3IUVitamin C: 19mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 1mg
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