There is nothing quite as refreshing on a hot summer day as a glass of fresh lemonade. This easy homemade honey-sweetened lemonade will replenish and rejuvenate you while you enjoy it! And bonus: there are instructions on how to make a strawberry or probiotic version, too!

 

Easy delicious, homemade honey-sweetened lemonade! Strawberry and probiotic versions included! raiasrecipes.com

Lemony goodness.

While you can pick pretty much any citrus in it will be packed with immune-boosting antioxidants, lemons are especially helpful as they are so high in vitamin C. By neutralizing free radicals, bacterial, and viral infections, the antioxidants in lemons help fight inflammation and improve your immune system. Lemons also help heal respiratory issues by loosening mucus so that your body can easily get rid of it, and they can even help calm an asthma attack.

If you need more delicious lemon recipes, here are a few of my favorites….

honey-sweetened lemonade

strawberry lemonade version

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade

Lemons. Fresh lemons are really the only way to go when you’re making lemonade. I’ve tried making it with store-bought lemon juice and it just doesn’t taste quite as good. In fact, it tastes a little stale. For this recipe, which makes about 1/2 a gallon, I use 4-6 lemons. The amount I use usually just depends on how many my kids have left me. But if you’re wanting a nice tart lemonade, definitely use 6.

Honey. I like to use local honey, as it’s the best. But any honey you have on hand will work just fine. For a low-carb or keto version you can use liquid stevia, but I’m not all up on how many drops you’d need, so just do it to taste.

Strawberry lemonade option.

My kids absolutely love it when I make a strawberry version of this honey-sweetened lemonade! You simply puree some of the water with a few strawberries and then add it to the lemonade. If you want, you can strain it so there aren’t any seeds.

Probiotic lemonade option.

Another wonderful option is to add a little probiotic boost to this honey-sweetened lemonade. To do this, you can sub half a cup of the water for fresh whey. I get my whey from straining homemade yogurt or from making cottage cheese. Whey from fresh or organic dairy is a high-quality protein, and contains all nine essential amino acids! Liquid whey is also full of vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin C, B vitamins, and vitamin E. Liquid whey also has minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.

Of course, if you add whey to this homemade lemonade it would not be dairy-free, but it doesn’t change the flavor and it’s so good for you!

honey-sweetened lemonade and strawberry lemonade

More healthy and refreshing summer drinks.

Homemade honey-sweetened lemonade from RaiasRecipes.com

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Homemade Honey-Sweetened Lemonade

Free from grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and refined sugar.

Ingredients

  • 4-6 lemons
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3+ quarts filtered water

For strawberry lemonade add:

  • 10 whole strawberries, fresh or frozen

For probiotic lemonade add:

  • 1/2 cup liquid whey

Instructions

Juice the lemons and pour into a 1/2 gallon jug.

In a small saucepan, whisk honey and 1 cup of the water together until homogenized (don’t boil it!).

Pour honey into the jug with the lemon juice and add filtered water to fill the jar the remaining way.

For strawberry lemonade:

Take 2 cups of the water and puree in blender with strawberries.

Pour into jug with honey and lemon juice and add filtered water to fill the jar the remaining way.

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