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Healthy Homemade Lemonade

This healthy homemade lemonade recipe is made sugar-free with honey, but you can use stevia, agave or sugar. Also delicious unsweetened without sweetener! :: DontWastetheCrumbs.com

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This healthy homemade lemonade is quick & easy, with only 3 ingredients. It’s way better than store-bought lemonade. Simply sweetened with honey, it’s a refreshing summer drink!


  • 5 cups water, divided
  • ½ cup honey (or other desired sweetener)
  • 1 ¼ cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 56 large lemons)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of water and cup of honey and turn heat to medium. This is called simple syrup, and it prevents a big clump of honey (or sugar) from sitting at the bottom of the pitcher while you stir forever to get it to dissolve.
  2. Once the honey is dissolved (this may take up to 5 minutes), pour it into the bottom of a half-gallon pitcher or glass jar.
  3. Add the lemon juice and the remaining 4 cups of water and stir well.
  4. Taste and adjust sweetener, if desired.
  5. Homemade lemonade is most refreshing when served cold and/or over ice.


If homemade lemonade isn’t adventurous enough for you, try some of these variations!

  • Add herbs like rosemary or lavender to the simple syrup (when you melt the honey into the water)
  • Use garnishes like lemon slices or peach wedges
  • Make watermelon lemonade by adding pureed watermelon