Nothing says summer like a cold glass of Honey Lemonade with Mint. Perfect for any day of the year that you want a taste of sunshine.
School has started but I’m still in summer mode. I love summer vacation. I think it’s such a great time for everyone, kids and parents, to recover from the craziness of the school year.
Those brain cells need a little break from all that serious learning. I can’t believe how serious school has become. Getting homework in kindergarten? Luckily it’s mostly reading.
But when you are battling with your second grader over his weekly book report where you should just be happy he loves to read?! Hopefully this new year will be different.
One summer bucket list item that my kids got to fulfill was a make shift lemonade stand at the park. Yes, we made HOMEMADE lemonade. Not that powder stuff.
It was all last minute, so I mixed up some of this honey lemonade with mint.
The art of making honey lemonade
Making lemonade certainly isn’t ground breaking or something unheard of. So it seems silly to be writing all about it. But when you make it from scratch for the first time, I admit I google it to find the right ratio of water-lemon juice-sweetener.
But honestly, your lemonade is only as good as the the taste buds enjoying it. There is definitely a lot of personal preference guiding you to making honey lemonade.
My family loves lemons and loves the taste of lemons in our lemonade. So our version is mildly sweet. If it is too sour for you, then by all means, add more honey!
Can I use honey to sweeten lemonade?
There is no right or wrong way to make lemonade – well, there could be a wrong way if you are a die hard lemonade drinker! I wanted to use honey as a sweetener for our lemonade because it is a natural sweetener.
Also, we suffer from seasonal allergies. Pollen is not a friend to me or my kids. By exposing us to locally made honey, this helps desensitize us from local pollen.
Did you know that high quality honey is rich in antioxidants? Don’t get me wrong. Honey is still a sugar, but I like to use it instead of white table sugar whenever I can.
Our lemonade stand experience
Once our make shift lemonade stand supplies were gathered, my kids invited the neighbors. Then a cousin came over and I was making a bigger pitcher of lemonade.
We had plenty of lemons on our very full lemon tree. You know the saying, when life gives you lemons…..
And yes, we had pomegranate marshmallows to share, a very unique item for a lemonade stand, I confess. I had finished up a batch of pomegranate marshmallows and I didn’t want my kids eating them all.
What better way to share it then to walk to our park and make a lemonade stand.
Our marketing plan was not sound. The employees ate most of the inventory. Then we found friends at the playground and just donated the rest to them to enjoy.
But it was fun and memories were made. And that is EXACTLY what summer is all about, in my opinion.
- 6 cup water
- 1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds
- 2 sprigs of fresh mint
- Combine water and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
- In a bowl whisk together warm water and honey until combined.
- Stir the honey mixture into the pitcher.
- Stir in lemon slices and mint.
- Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
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Serving Size:1 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 55 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 20mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 12g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 0g