You know summer has arrived when you start craving a big, icy cup of lemonade. If you want to make your own lemonade and you’d rather not weigh it down with a lot of unnecessary sugar, try these 10 easy recipes. Lemonade should be simple, so don’t complicate it by adding processed ingredients. Keep it natural, keep it fresh, and keep making it all summer long.
1. Healthier Strawberry Lemonade
(Recipe from HowDoesShe.com)
It’s possible to make delicious homemade lemonade without piling on the sugar. This recipe calls for 3 to 4 teaspoons of agave nectar and the rest of the sweetness comes from the strawberries. This is what refreshment really tastes like: clean, fresh and light. The perfect treat for a hot summer day, this lemonade will satisfy you without causing a sugar rush and crash.
2. Honey-Sweetened Lemonade
(Recipe from OurNourishingRoots.com)
This recipe also nixes plain white sugar and opts instead for the sweet flavor of honey. Once you get in the habit of using natural sweeteners like honey, you won’t miss the white sugar. Tart lemons and sweet honey are a match made in heaven.
3. "Dragonfly Summer" Strawberry Lemonade
(Recipe from GaiaHealthBlog.com)
This recipe gives you your choice of natural sweeteners to use in lieu of sugar. An easy option is honey, but you could opt for birch tree xylitol instead. It just goes to show how simple lemonade can be: all you really need is water, fruit and a little bit of sweetener to cut the tart flavor. Simplicity at its finest.
4. Coconut Lavender Lemonade
(Recipe from Confectionalism.com)
Not all the recipes on this list are sugar-free. This one calls for sugar, but it still has a light, delicate taste thanks to the coconut water and lavender simple syrup. This one’s definitely more on the decadent side, so break it out for a special occasion.
5. Sparkling Tea Lemonade
(Recipe from FitnessSista.com)
This recipe combines so many wonderful things – tea, sparkling water, lemons – into one refreshing drink that’s perfect for hot summer days. There’s a minimal amount of sweetener in this drink, so instead you can focus on fresh, whole ingredients. If you love tea, bubbly drinks, and lemonade, this three-for-one recipe is the drink for you.
6. Ginger-Turmeric Lemonade
(Recipe from KellisVeganKitchen.com)
If you want to take your lemonade off the beaten path, give this recipe a whirl. With just a little bit of maple syrup as the sweetener (or you could use agave or coconut sugar if you prefer), the real flavor stars are the ginger and turmeric, which come together in an unexpectedly flavorful combination. Have your summer drink and keep your health, too.
7. Watermelon and Strawberry Lemonade
(Recipe from BHG.com)
Are you still not convinced that you can make tasty lemonade without white sugar? This will likely be the recipe that changes your mind. Juicy watermelon, sweet strawberries, decadent agave nectar, refreshing sparkling water, crisp lemons: you can't go wrong with this recipe. It simply has too many delicious ingredients. Yum.
8. Fresh Mint Lemonade
(Recipe from PinkLittleNotebook.com)
A little bit of sugar every now and then won’t ruin everything, as long as you use it sparingly. This one only calls for a half cup of sugar, which still makes it healthier than most lemonade recipes you’ll see. The real treat here is a whole cup of mint, which gives the lemonade that crisp, refreshing flavor that tastes like summer.
9. Green Tea Lemonade
(Recipe from DrOz.com)
This one requires only three ingredients: water, tea and lemon. It doesn’t get more natural than that. Packed with antioxidants and full of refreshment, this recipe goes to show that’s sometimes the simpler something is, the better it is.
10. Mixed Berry Lemonade
(Recipe from AmeesSavoryDish.com)
This lemonade doubles as a smoothie. It’s the perfect blended, icy treat for a hot day. You’ll again only need a minimal amount of sweetener (try agave nectar of honey) because the berries provide their own sweetness. This is as refreshing as it gets, so drink up.