Honey Sweetened Lemonade

This lightly honey sweetened lemonade is a breeze to make and is a great way to get rid of an overabundance of lemons!

I feel silly even posting this because it’s hardly a recipe and certainly not groundbreaking but the world needs honey sweetened lemonade, right? :) What I really needed when making this was a way to get rid of my zested lemons. I had about 20 of them (I really like lemon zest in my baked goods!) and I was desperate to make anything using lemon juice that didn’t require zest.

Anyone have any other heavy-on-the-lemon-juice recipes? At any given point, I usually have about a dozen zested lemons in the fridge. I need to find more to do with them!

Honey Sweetened Lemonade

Different sources say 1 large lemon yields anything from 2 tablespoons to 1/4 cup lemon juice, hence the wide range of lemons (4-7) given in the recipe. But it really doesn’t matter because 1 cup of lemon juice always = 1 cup. I’m sometimes frustrated when I find a recipe that calls for the juice of so-and-so lemons or oranges. I have no idea how much that yielded for the recipe creator! So I usually don’t bother making those recipes.

Lime juice also sounds fun (although lime + honey? I don’t know…) but I haven’t tried it. I read that the lime shortage is over but they’re still insanely expensive over here. Up until a few years I was able to buy a box 40-50 limes for about $7 at the Turkish market. That was nice while it lasted. We had fajitas all the time!

One last thing – sorry for the lack of posts the last few months. I only have about 5 or 6 more weeks before the book manuscript is due. Then stuff should go back to normal with me posting regularly and posting some things that are a little more involved than mixing water, honey and lemon juice together. Thanks for being patient!

Honey Sweetened Lemonade

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Honey Sweetened Lemonade
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  • Yield: 6-8 servings


  • 4 1/2 cups (1065ml) water
  • 1/3-1/2 cup (107-160 grams) honey
  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice - from about 4-7 large lemons


  1. Warm the water and 1/3 cup honey in a pot or saucepan over low heat. Stir to dissolve the honey and once dissolved, remove from the heat. This should only take about a minute.
  2. Add the lemon juice and stir. Add more honey, if desired.
  3. Chill and serve.

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  • Ashley says
    August 27, 2019 @ 10:13 pm

    Question, how much does this recipe yield. Like over all, final result, 1 quart? Half gallon?

    • Erin replies to Ashley
      September 6, 2019 @ 12:12 pm

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your question! I just got back from vacation. Adding up all the ingredients comes out to a yield of 6 cups. :)

  • Donna Q says
    August 6, 2017 @ 12:26 am

    Thank you for sharing this! I’m using it for my first Business Launch tomorrow, in the brutal summer heat of Georgia. I know it’s gonna be a hit!

    • Erin replies to Donna Q
      August 6, 2017 @ 8:52 am

      I hope it will! Good luck with your launch. :)

  • Elaine says
    June 23, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

    My Mother made a very frothy lemonade when we were kids. None of us know just what the recipe was. Any suggestions? Thank you.

    • Erin replies to Elaine
      June 23, 2017 @ 10:34 pm

      I’ve never heard of anything like that and couldn’t imagine what frothy lemonade was. I googled it and found this. Was it something like that?

  • Elisa says
    May 5, 2017 @ 6:42 pm

    I was thinking about making this one for sure! I was thinking about substituting the whey I have leftover after making cottage cheese to make a protein drink…what do you think? I am six months pregnant, and CRAVE lemonade for some reason, maybe I will go try it!

    • Erin replies to Elisa
      May 6, 2017 @ 9:03 pm

      It’s an interesting idea! I’ve never added whey to a drink before, though, so I really have no idea. I hope it works out well! I’d love to hear how it comes out. :)

  • Fiona
    February 2, 2017 @ 2:12 am

    Love seeing these recipes. I live in rural Australia. Have a lemon tree in the back yard, work for a beekeeper and my house runs on rainwater so I am fortunate enough to be able to make drinks like this at no cost. It is good for me to see the responses and comments as it makes me appreciate how fortunate I am. Except now I need to plant a lime tree :)

    • Erin replies to Fiona
      February 4, 2017 @ 7:10 pm

      Wow! That sounds like a wonderful situation. :) And I agree. A lime tree would definitely be nice!

  • Val
    February 4, 2016 @ 7:43 pm

    I made this with limes and it was amazing! Great job keeping it simple.

    • Erin replies to Val
      February 6, 2016 @ 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much, Val! I’ll have to try this with limes next. :)

  • Wayne says
    December 13, 2015 @ 12:46 am

    I’ll give this a try sometime but honey is an expensive substitute for sugar here in Barbados. Currently, I use brown sugar (genuine Barbados brown sugar, not some nutritionally depleted white sugar with molasses added back in!).

    “Lemon-limeade” would be the appropriate name for my recipe because it includes limes as well as lemons. Recently, I’ve been adding the zest of both to the mix and that REALLY increases the “wow factor”. Besides sugar, lemons and limes, I include a dash of each of the following:


    and a “half-dash” of clove.

    I’ll provide all the measurements after I figure out how much lime juice and lemon juice I actually use ;)


    • Erin replies to Wayne
      December 14, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

      Your recipe sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing. :) I especially love the added spices. I’d love to try it when you have the measurements down!

    • Shani replies to Wayne
      January 22, 2017 @ 6:08 am

      Hi Wayne. It’s been a year since your original post but did you ever figure out the measurements for you lemon-limeade? I would love to try the recipe

  • Kaitlin Vincent says
    September 2, 2014 @ 1:32 pm

    Not a “recipe,” per se, but I use the juice of half a lemon (or one tablespoon! Don’t discount me!) in a cup of hot water first thing every morning. If you love lemon like I do, the flavor is pleasing and the warmth is wonderful, especially in the colder months. The practice has many benefits, the least of which is starting your day with a little vitamin c kick. Great way to use up zested lemons!

    • Erin replies to Kaitlin Vincent
      September 2, 2014 @ 8:09 pm

      Haha. Thanks for the lemon juice measurement specificity. ;) I’ve heard about the warm lemon water in the morning thing but never tried it. It’s already getting pretty cool here and I could certainly benefit from a little vitamin C kick at the beginning of the day so I guess I’ll give it a go! Thanks a bunch for the tip. :)

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
    August 22, 2014 @ 5:36 am

    I love homemade lemonade! I made it for the first time this summer. Now my son will point out when it is a mix and not homemade, because the fresh stuff was just “so much better”!

    • Erin replies to Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
      August 22, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

      Good boy! He knows his stuff. ;) PS – I never got homemade lemonade growing up. I think it’s nice you made him some!

    • Alex Nardin replies to Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts
      March 13, 2017 @ 4:34 am

      What a wonderful idea to use honey instead of caloric sugar!
      Here in sunny Cyprus we have wonderful lemons so making fresh lemonade is something I really enjoy! Will definitely try this.

      • Erin replies to Alex Nardin
        March 13, 2017 @ 7:45 pm

        Thanks! :) I hope you’ll enjoy the lemonade! Enjoy the sunshine and lemons for me. :)

  • Heather @ Life, Gluten Free
    August 21, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

    I make my daughter lemonade with honey. It’s her favorite! we tried maple syrup too but she prefers honey.

  • Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
    August 18, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

    There’s no “to easy to post” recipes. It’s always good to see something even simple, as we usually don’t remember about it. I love to have a glass of warm water with a lemon juice in the morning, so now I can have your lemonade :D

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says
    August 14, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

    I could seriously use two or three glasses of this right now!

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says
    August 14, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

    A perfect summer drink! Love that you used honey as the sweetener!

  • Susan says
    August 13, 2014 @ 11:13 pm

    I’m not likely to drink lemonade, but I love lemons. Right now my favorite recipe using lemons is for Lemon Coconut Overnight Oats from My Whole Food Life. Unless you have huge lemons, one serving takes most of the juice of one lemon, plus I like to add a touch of lemon zest to it. I also add a scoop of vanilla protein powder to the oats to bring up the protein levels. Hearing you talk about having an over-abundance of lemons makes me miss my former lemon tree, even though I left it behind 25 years ago…

    • Erin replies to Susan
      August 18, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll go take a look at those. :) And I can’t wait to have a house one day, just so I can have lemon trees (and apple / peach / plum / apricot trees and all kinds of berry bushes!)

  • Nora (A Clean Bake) says
    August 13, 2014 @ 10:33 pm

    I’m glad you posted this because I still haven’t tried honey sweetened lemonade. Kinda insane. Limes are still horrendously expensive here too. The shortage may be over, but prices still haven’t gotten the memo!

    Best of luck with the intense last few months of the book! And let me know if there is anything I can do to help :)

    • Erin replies to Nora (A Clean Bake)
      August 18, 2014 @ 6:31 pm

      Aww, thanks, Nora! You’ve already been so very helpful. You get a break now. ;)

  • lynne says
    August 13, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

    If you want to experiment with fermentation and add probiotics to your beverage, try this lemonade recipe http://www.foodrenegade.com/?s=lemonade It uses sucanat as a sweetener and whey (the kind you drain off yogurt or kefir)as the ferment medium. I’ve made it several times, and it’s really good.

    • Erin replies to lynne
      August 18, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

      That’s perfect for me! Thanks for the link. I’ve tried making a few different fermented recipes but it always ends badly. This sounds doable. :) Thanks again!

    • Nicolai @ Instphil
      replies to lynne
      October 13, 2016 @ 9:46 am

      lemon-lemon-lemonade-most effective beverage for hot summer.

  • Charlotte Moore
    August 13, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

    I wonder if you could freeze the juice? I bet if you measured it out in ice cube trays and freeze then put it in a ziplock bag and you could just grab what you needed.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      August 22, 2014 @ 6:50 pm

      That is the best idea ever! Thank you so much. :) I’m definitely doing that!

  • Laura
    August 13, 2014 @ 5:54 pm

    Hi Erin!
    What a wonderful idea to use honey instead of caloric sugar!
    Here in sunny Cyprus we have wonderful lemons so making fresh lemonade is something I really enjoy! Will definitely try this.
    Just an idea for the lime version….couple of mint leaves will give it a wonderful aroma and should also go well with the honey! :)

    • Erin replies to Laura
      August 22, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

      I am so sorry for my slow reply, Laura! I don’t know how I missed your very nice comment. I hope you’ll enjoy the lemonade if you try it and I love the lime and mint idea! Sounds very yummy. Enjoy some of that Cyprus sunshine for me! :D

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
    August 13, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

    This sounds so refreshing! Love the natural sweetener. And yes — limes are slowly becoming more inexpensive again in the States. Hopefully the trend makes it your way soon! :)

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
    August 13, 2014 @ 12:57 pm

    Sometimes I feel the same way about posting recipes that I consider “easy” or “hardly a recipe” but they are always a hit..and this is no different! I love lemonade…and I love naturally sweetened more!

    • Erin replies to Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness
      August 18, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

      Yeah, I could just see some people scoffing at this recipe. But whatever. At least you and I like it. :D


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