Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade (with honey simple syrup) screams of warmer weather, but you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy it. Besides the perky refreshing taste of fresh lemonade, it’s rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits!
Give your immune system a boost with this healthy lemonade rich with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Most lemonades are made with refined white sugar or corn syrup, which can cause inflammation and blood sugar spikes, but this lemonade recipe uses honey which is considered to be a healthier all-natural sweetener option. And the markets always seem to have an abundance of lemons all year round, so you don’t have to wait until summer to enjoy a tall glass of healthy lemonade.
FRESH SQUEEZED LEMONADE RECIPE
These are the only lemonade ingredients that you’ll need:
- Lemons: you’ll need 1-1/2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice for this recipe
- Honey: 1-1/2 cups honey is blended with water to create a honey simple syrup
- Water: add 7 cups of water, or more depending on your personal preference for sweetness, to the lemon juice and honey simple syrup
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE LEMONADE
This homemade lemonade recipe couldn’t be easier.
- Make simple syrup – blend 2 cups room temperature water with 1-1/2 cup honey in a blender until honey is dissolved and pour into a glass pitcher
- Juicing Lemons – juice enough lemons so you have 1-1/2 cups lemon juice. Strain lemon juice through fine mesh into the glass pitcher with honey syrup
- Add Water – dilute honey lemon mixture with as much or as little water as you like for your desired level of sweetness and tartness
- Refrigerate – chill lemonade in refrigerator before serving
If you want to switch things up a bit, here’s a few add-ins to this already healthy lemonade recipe:
- PINK LEMONADE – stir in 1 cup of cranberry juice to the pitcher of lemonade
- STRAWBERRY LEMONADE – puree 1 cup strawberries (stems removed) then strain juice through fine mesh into the pitcher of lemonade
- BASIL LEMONADE – blend 1 cup fresh basil leaves with 1 cup water and strain basil water through mesh into the pitcher of lemonade
- GINGER LEMONADE – add 10 slices of peeled ginger to 1 cup water and simmer for 3-5 minutes, cool, remove ginger pieces then pour ginger water into honey syrup
- BLUE LEMONADE – puree 1 cup blueberries then strain juice through fine mesh into pitcher of lemonade
BENEFITS OF HONEY
Honey is rich with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well as powerful antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been shown to help strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. However, these benefits are lost when honey is heated, which is why we don’t heat the honey to make this recipe, instead blending the honey with water to dissolve the honey.
Honey is a natural cough suppressant (helping to reduce phlegm) and it helps to soothe a scratchy throat. Honey may be a more beneficial remedy used to relieve cough than over the counter cough medicine. (1) (2) (3) You can add a teaspoon or two of honey to warm water to sip on to help relieve a relentless cough, especially before bedtime.
This Apple Pear Steamed with Honey recipe is an easy home remedy to help relieve scratchy throats and calm coughs.
BENEFITS OF LEMONS
Drinking lemon juice has many benefits! Lemons are rich with vitamin C, which helps prevent buildup of plaque and the progression of atherosclerosis and heart disease. The citric acid, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, calcium, pectin and limonene found in lemons are powerful nutrients which give a boost to the immune system, helping to ward off infections and disease. Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. Lemons have a high concentration of negatively charged ions which may increase oxygen flow to the brain.
Being dehydrated can have an adverse effect on your mental, physical and emotional health, and the onset of disease may be affected by the chronic hydration state of an individual. Water is important for keeping our body functioning properly, and staying hydrated is one of the best ways to flush out toxins and detoxify the body. (4) (5)
Drinking plenty of water is good for every cell in our body.
It helps to
- carry nutrients and oxygen to our cells
- aid with digestion
- regulate blood pressure
- support and cushion joints
LOVE LEMONS? HERE’S MORE LEMON RECIPES YOU’LL WANT TO TRY
- Lemon Ginger Morning Detox Drink
- Immune Boosting Whole Lemon Ice Cubes
- Alkalizing Frozen Lemon Slices
- Detox Honey Lemon Ginger Slices
- Lemon Ginger Popsicles
- Iced Green Tea with Apple, Lemon and Ginger
- Cleansing Lemon Herb Vinaigrette
- Lemon Basil Vinaigrette
- Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette
MORE HEALTHY DRINK RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
- Healthy Blueberry Lemonade
- Orange Chia Seed Drink
- Iced Orange Ginger Green Tea
- Fruit Infused Turmeric Tea
- Agua Frescas
- 1-1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1-1/2 cup raw honey
- 8 cups water
- Combine 1 cup water with honey in a blender, and pulse to combine and dissolve the honey in the water.
- Juice lemons, removing the seeds.
- Pour the lemon juice with pulp in a large glass pitcher.
- Stir in the honey syrup and 7 cups water.
- Chill in refrigerator before serving.
If you want to switch things up a bit, here's a few add-ins to this already healthy lemonade recipe:
- PINK LEMONADE - stir in 1 cup of cranberry juice to the pitcher of lemonade
- STRAWBERRY LEMONADE - puree 1 cup strawberries (stems removed) then strain juice through fine mesh into the pitcher of lemonade
- BASIL LEMONADE - blend 1 cup fresh basil leaves with 1 cup water and strain basil water through mesh into the pitcher of lemonade
- GINGER LEMONADE - add 10 slices of peeled ginger to 1 cup water and simmer for 3-5 minutes, cool, remove ginger pieces then pour ginger water into honey syrup
- BLUE LEMONADE - puree 1 cup blueberries then strain juice through fine mesh into pitcher of lemonade