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I live in the southern part of the United States and the most popular drink here is sweet tea.

Coming in a close second is freshly squeezed lemonade.  Both of these drinks are so refreshing on a hot summer day.

In many southern novels, you’ll almost always find a plantation styled house with a welcoming front porch. On that porch will be a small table with a large frosty pitcher of  sweet and tangy old-fashioned lemonade – complete with beautiful yellow wheels of lemon slices floating on top.

It beckons you to stop, sit a spell, and enjoy a treat that will be sure to invigorate your soul.   This scene is seldom found in our part of the world (for shame) these days, but thank goodness lemonade is still here for us to enjoy. Why not make a pitcher for your family today.

Lemonade is very simple to make, and you can dress it up by including such things as strawberries or raspberries and even fresh mint or basil leaves.   Of course, the standard recipe calls for sugar, but honey lends a delicious flavor and is excellent for the person who wants to cut out or reduce sugar. Kids love this naturally sweetened lemonade recipe, too.

Today, I’d like to share three honey sweetened lemonade recipes with you. Here’s what you will need for the basic recipe:

Honey-Sweetened Lemonade Recipe

One cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed (I love this little tool for juicing lemons and limes)

3/4 cup of honey

2 cups hot water

Add enough cold water and ice to fill a pitcher (about 2 quarts)*

*Feel free to adjust water and/or honey to taste.

Put the honey and water in a pot and warm gently until honey dissolves. Remove from stove and put in pitcher.  Add lemon juice and enough cold water to fill the pitcher.   Stir well and then add ice. Enjoy.

At this point, you can add fruit or herbs if you wish.  You can even replace the water with carbonated water for a bubbly treat.  This is a great replacement for sugary soda, and an excellent post-w0rkout drink.  Delish and refreshing!

Honey Sweetened Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

One cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed

3/4 cup of honey

6 cups watermelon blended and then strained, leaving only the juice behind

2 cups water (hot)

Cold water and ice enough to fill pitcher (about 2 quarts)*

*Feel free to adjust water and/or honey to taste.

Put the honey and water in a pot and warm gently until honey dissolves. Remove from stove and put in pitcher.  Add lemon juice, watermelon juice, and enough cold water to fill the pitcher.  Stir well and then add ice. Enjoy.

This is ridiculously refreshing and a lovely combination of sweet and sour.  It is packed with vitamins and minerals and excellent for detoxing.  Also, it is very good as a post workout drink because of the electrolytes this lemonade contains.  Also, this is excellent for flushing out unwanted fat, so it is doubly good if you want an aid to weight loss that is both satisfying and delicious.

lemonade watermelon

Honey Sweetened Arnold Palmer (half iced tea/half lemonade) Recipe

This legendary drink is named after the American pro golfer, Arnold Palmer.  It is a combination of iced tea and lemonade.  In some places, particularly the South, this sweet drink is also called the “Half and Half”.  No matter what you call it, it is a convenient recipe to make in the sweltering heat of summer.

One cup lemon juice – freshly squeezed

3/4 cup of honey

2 cups water (hot)

Iced Tea  and ice enough to fill a pitcher (about 2 quarts)*

*Feel free to adjust water and/or honey to taste.

Put the honey and 2 cups of water in a pot and warm gently until honey dissolves. Remove from stove and put in pitcher.  Add lemon juice.  Pour in iced tea enough to  fill the pitcher.   Stir well and then add ice.  That’s it!

So there you have it – three easy honey sweetened lemonade recipes.  Which one do you think you’re going to make? Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe?  Do you use sugar or honey? Please leave a comment below 🙂

 

 

2nd Photo – Courtesy Southern Living 

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