Lemonade is such an iconic summertime treat. It embodies all of the fun elements of summer and just floods my senses with happy nostalgia. Normally this sweet drink is packed with processed sugar, but this year I opted to trade up for the many health benefits of local honey.
Several years ago, my dad had some health scares and a few operations. Since then, he has decided to make a few changes toward a healthier lifestyle. One being a huge reduction in his intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners. He started making his tea and lemonade with honey and we all fell in love with the change.
After learning the right ratios from my dad, I started playing around with adding smashed strawberries to the mix. Both versions are incredibly tasty! Fresh squeezed lemon juice is always the best, but if you don't want to fuss with the mess, you can pick up a bottle of lemon juice from concentrate at the store.
Johnny's Honey Lemonade
- Juice of 6 lemons (or 3/4 cup lemon juice from concentrate)
- 3/4 cup honey
- 16 cups of water
- 6-8 ripe strawberries (optional)
Warm a cup or two of the water first and dissolve the honey in it, then just combine with the lemon juice and the remaining water and mix well. If you are adding strawberries, cut the stems off and throw them in the pitcher first. Take a potato masher or similar kitchen item and smash them up, then add the remaining ingredients.
Both versions make great cocktail mixers as well. Enjoy!