Fresh ginger add a unique kick to a warm weather classic in this easy homemade honey ginger lemonade.
There’s nothing quite as thirst quenching as an icy cold glass of lemonade on a hot day; that sweet and sour combination hits the spot every time. Lively, tart and super-refreshing, it’s a warm weather favorite for good reason.
And while a glass of good old fashioned lemonade is pretty perfect on its own, I like to add a bit of a kick to the classic every once in a while.
It starts off very simply with lemon juice and a syrup made from water and honey; into that goes the “zing”, a few ounces of fresh and fiery ginger. Once the ginger syrup is made, it’s easy to mix up a pitcher whenever the mood strikes.
The ginger adds a spicy note, a pleasant heat at the back of your throat that makes the honey and lemon sing. It’s tangy and sweet with a nice depth of flavor thanks to the honey.
The best part are all the variations you can play around with once you’ve got the basics in place:
- Add a little vodka or gin, and this sweet and spicy lemonade transforms into a cocktail.
- Prefer your lemonade with a bit of fizz? Use sparkling water instead.
- Add apple cider vinegar and transform your lemonade into a glass of switchel.
- Or swap out some of the water for coconut water for extra electrolytes and you have a tastier alternative to store-bought sports drinks.
- Want extra probiotics? Add a shot of coconut water kefir as well.
- In the mood for something even more refreshing? Make popsicles or churn in an ice cream maker for an extra refreshing treat.
- Have a scratchy throat or feeling a cold coming on? Use Manuka honey instead.
- Looking for something a little fruitier? Add a cup of pineapple juice.
Perfect for parties and picnics or on a hot summer day, this is one lemonade you’ll find yourself stirring up time after time.
(This post originally appeared on April 22, 2011 and has been updated along with both the photos and recipe.)