Raw Honey Lemonade

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Raw Honey Lemonade
Yield – 8 cups

Using a blender to quickly emulsify the lemon and honey, enables the cook to preserve the beneficial enzymes and delicate nature of unpasteurized raw honey.

1 cup raw honey
1 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
6 cups filtered water

In a blender, combine raw honey and lemon juice.  Blend on high for 30 seconds.  Add water to blender.  Pulse until combined.  Chill until service.  Serve over ice.


  • Mom

    That jar of lemonade by the pool is about as inviting as it gets. Think I’ll go pour a jar for me. :)

    July 10, 2011
  • Love the blender idea to combat the hardened honey! Have you tried adding some whey and fermenting it? I’ve been making the NT “Punch” but have used rapadura instead of honey. I think the honey will be much more delish. :)

    July 10, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      What a great idea to ferment it Emily! I hadn’t thought of it. But, I might have to try…

      July 24, 2011
    • fermenting it IS a great idea. Can’t wait to try that. I just made this tonight and I’m very happy with it. It’s very refreshing and soothing at the same time. The blender idea is perfect too…I was debating on how I was going to get the honey to mix well. Thanks!

      October 4, 2012
  • Barbara Vinesett

    Molly–I can’t wait to try the lemonade——my sister and her husband are beekeepers—sounds and looks delicious–I know you are enjoying your folks–they are the finest—-Love,B

    July 10, 2011
  • Jessica

    I tried this this summer too.. I found the combo really gross, for some reason, although it seemed like it would be perfect. The honey was such a strong flavor, even when it was still quite tart. Did anyone else think this?

    July 10, 2011
    • Jessica

      …although maybe I just made it too strong. I think I only used 3.5 cups of water. Ewww..

      July 10, 2011
    • Molly Chester

      Hmmm… maybe it was too strong? I’ve had great feedback on it. Some saying it’s the best lemonade they’ve ever had. So, not sure.

      July 24, 2011
    • Martha

      It was likely too strong because of the type of honey you were using. Some raw honey is much stronger than others. Also, as others commented, you probably didn’t put enough water in the mixture. I used Y.S. Eco Bee Farms Raw Honey and it tasted wonderful. I also use it in ginger tea with cinnamon – sliced fresh ginger. And it tastes great to me there too. You just need to find a type of honey which fits your preference in taste.

      April 5, 2013
    • Martha

      ….oh and adding blended berries – just a few to keep it tasting like lemonade is what I love.

      April 5, 2013
  • Gabriella Iacobone

    That sounds really good :)

    July 10, 2011
  • john Chester

    Molly I love that lemonade. Happy that I got to try some before I left. It makes the lemonade taste like it’s got some real soul to it. Definitely the best surprise recipe to come from farm living so far. Can you send some to South Africa for me?

    July 11, 2011
  • Susy

    This is really super refreshing. I didn’t have fresh squeezed and just used some I had in a bottle and it was still very delish! I’m guessing the fresh squeezed would be even better! Simple and easy!!

    February 22, 2012
  • Amanda

    I’m on a 30-day juice fast right now. Everything except fruit and vegetable juices, water, tea, stevia, and raw honey is prohibited.

    I made this recipe for breakfast this morning, meaning to mix it in with some cantaloupe juice to make “melonade”, but the lemonade tasted so darn good by itself, I changed my mind. Thanks for this lovely recipe!

    July 12, 2012
    • Molly Chester

      WOW! Great idea!

      July 14, 2012
  • Lauren

    I’m a beekeeper and have a huge Meyer lemon tree in our yard. I made this lemonade in the vita mix (with frozen lemon juice from the tree). It was PERFECT! Even a little frothy! So much better and so different than lemonade made with sugar. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    July 17, 2012
    • Year ago it was not recommended to feed babies raw honey. What age to allow I don’t remember. New moms please check!

      July 17, 2013
  • JessicaB

    This was delicious! I added a little less honey (about 3/4 c) and it was perfect for me. I added tons of ice to my glass and it’s so refreshing! I also saved my lemon halves to make vinegar/lemon cleaner for my kitchen.

    September 8, 2012
  • Jackie

    This recipe is so delicious! We just harvested some raw honey from our beehives so I was looking for a good lemonade recipe. This recipe is absolutely so refreshing. We served it over lots of ice so it was nice and cold! We are also giving it to my daughter because she has cold and got a bad cough. She does not like taking medicine. The honey does the trick! One word of caution I would say is that this is not a cheap recipe. 1 cup is quite a lot of honey. Definitely good for a treat though :)

    September 26, 2012
  • Deanna

    Yum, love to have uses for raw honey, and really good to know during cold season. Thank you!!

    December 30, 2012
  • LuAnn

    Excellent recipe! I made it today and I could not be happier. Thank you for sharing this. It is very refreshing and tastes wonderful.

    June 1, 2013
  • coytle

    I like to heat this concoction to barely warm enough for the honey to mix with the water. I also use one cup less water and a very small amount of ginger (juiced). I like the cold refreshing too but the warm ginger is a great wind down or winter beverage

    July 2, 2013
    • coytle

      Oh forgot to mention another great one is to add a pound of blended strawberries and the juice of 2 limes to your recipe and tastes just like a pink starburst but not as bad for you
      Somewhat pulpy tho

      July 2, 2013
  • jeremy

    Yeah, great idea with the blender. The only thing i’d add is 1/2 cup to a cup of honey depending on taste. I put 3/4 cup and it was still a little sweet.

    July 16, 2013
  • Shirley

    Just made it….delicious!!!!! I am not a lemonade lover, but this is so good.

    July 17, 2013
  • New moms please check at what age is ok to feed raw honey to your little ones.

    July 17, 2013
    • Julie

      FDA guidelines for giving children honey is after they turn one.

      August 8, 2013
  • Tracy Nicks

    I make something similar, but sweeten it with Stevia. I also add kale juice from my kale stems. I use the lemon rinds to make homemade citrus vinegar for cleaning. Kale chips and lemonade snack after cleaning. No waste:)

    July 17, 2013
  • locke

    I tried this and it was awful, sorry, honey just doesn’t go well together with lemon. The combination of 1 cup lemon and 1 cup honey was just nasty. I guess you may have a different tasting honey, I used 100% pure raw. Whatever happen to old fashion taste of lemonade, think I’ll make that one instead. lol

    May 1, 2014
    • Molly Chester

      This recipe is one of the more popular on the blog, so you may have had a honey variety that just didn’t work? Not sure. Or, you may just not like the flavor of honey, in that pure of a form. Regardless, hope you find better luck with another recipe! :)

      May 1, 2014
  • Amy

    Wonderful! I used raw clover honey and it worked wonderfully :) Thank you for the recipe. The blender technique is a keeper!

    June 14, 2014
  • opehlia zen

    Ok this is absolutely delicious but I freshly washed my blender and cant tell if its just frothy or super soapy! Did anyone else get a soapy bubbly looking top?

    July 1, 2014
  • Orly

    This is some amazing lemonade! My husband and daughter sucked it down! Its funny though, it get’s really soapy looking at the top.

    July 2, 2014
  • Joy

    My boyfriend and I are trying to keep away from processed white sugar, but we love lemonade. Am anxious to try this out. I’ll be the guinea pig and try it first before I spring it on him. Lol.

    August 29, 2014
  • Tom

    I used a mild central florida raw honey and meyer lemons from our trees picked in December. The initial ratio was good but we upped the lemon juice up an additional cup so it has a little more sour and tasted better. But meyer lemons and honey vary sweetness.

    December 18, 2014
    • Molly Chester

      Yes, Meyers are much less acidic than classic Eureka or Lisbon. So, one more cup of juice sounds about right! Glad it worked out for you.

      December 20, 2014
  • If add water and honey in a vita mix or any blender on low you end up with a honey mixture that will easily mix with cold liquids like water. You can store Mixture of this in your fridge and easily make lemonade by the glass whenever you need it. It’s actually great to use in other things because if how easily it mixes. You can do equal amounts water to honey or even 4 parts honey 2 parts water. Been doing this for years.

    October 5, 2015
    • Molly Chester

      Thanks for sharing!

      October 7, 2015

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