Fizzy Honey Lemonade

Many Fourth of July gatherings include a pitcher of ice cold lemonade. While it’s easy to make lemonade from powdered mixes or frozen concentrates, I don’t think there is any substitute for the real thing. It doesn’t require a tremendous amount of additional work to make lemonade from scratch. If you’re planning to serve up this summertime thirst quencher, here’s an easy way to dress up the standard recipe.

For the past month, our lemon tree has been producing beautiful juicy lemons in abundance. It is a joy to pick them right off the tree in my backyard.

For this recipe, I’ve switched out the sugar for honey and replaced regular water with sparkling water.  The honey pairs beautifully with lemon (think hot tea with lemon and honey) and adds a depth of flavor sugar doesn’t have. The fizz of sparkling water is refreshing and gives the lemonade a little extra pizzazz!

The honey will make this lemonade a little darker than sugar-sweetened lemonade.

 

Fizzy Honey Lemonade (serves 4)

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup honey (light or dark)
  • 1 liter bottle of sparkling water
  • ice and lemon slices

Mix lemon juice and honey together. Pour in sparkling water, add ice, lemon slices and serve.

Give the mixture a good stir to fully dissolve the honey.

Happy Fourth of July!

What could be more refreshing than a tall glass of ice cold lemonade on a summer day?

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