Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and full of flavor!

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!

Still going strong on my sugar break. After cooking about 1,000 candy recipes this winter, I find myself craving anything but sweet right now. I sat on the couch eating the saltiest lime flavored tortilla chips the other night, which was almost as satisfying as this very green juice and one very savory pie I also made this week. Who am I?

This will, of course, all change on Easter morning when I sink my teeth into my annual Cadbury Creme Egg with a side of Starburst jelly beans. And in about ten minutes when I taste the cookie dough I have chilling in the refrigerator. (Update: 10 minutes has past and the cookie dough obviously hits the spot.)

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!

Today’s recipe is simple and refreshing. It’s a recipe for all of us seasonally challenged kids-at-heart who have already dusted off our baskets of flip-flops and stowed away our mittens and scarves. I’ve been sipping it for the past 3 days channeling my summer lemonade-loving self. To make it? Easy. All this wildly fruity drink takes is a truckload of juicy strawberries, lemons, honey, water, and a blender. Straws with hot pink hearts are optional, but they make every drink more appealing, no?

Also optional: a wonderfully cheesy yet adorable pitcher with dancing lemons and the words “please,” “squeeze,” and “breeze” on it. It’s pretty old. I bought it outlet shopping at a small kitchen store. I secretly LOVE it.

If I had one word to describe this perfectly pink drink, it would be fresh. Faaaaa-resh. There’s a guaranteed “ahhhhhhh” after every satisfying, healthy sip. What I love most is that it’s not overly sweetened like the sugary lemonade drinks we’re used to. Rather, you have complete control over the sweetness. If your strawberries are extra sweet, scale back on the honey. If you want your drink a little sweeter, add more.

I make the drink with Sunkist Meyer lemons. Did you know? The Meyer lemon is actually a cross between a lemon and an orange or mandarin. Because of their sweeter taste and lower acidity, Meyer Lemons are especially fabulous in lemon-based desserts and homemade lemonade (all while requiring less sugar!). Keep this in mind if you use regular lemons in this strawberry lemonade– taste and add more honey as you see fit.

Meyer Lemons | Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!

Let’s not ignore the fact that this embarrassingly easy drink is the perfect place to add some PARTY. Add a splash of rum or citrus-flavored vodka and you’ll instantly be transported to a tropical island.

Sand between your toes, girly drink, steel drums, and a cool ocean breeze…

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!

Tomorrow’s forecast calls for snow. Womp womp.

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Honey Sweetened Strawberry Lemonade

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups
  • Category: Drinks
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade is sweetened with honey and full of flavor. It’s a healthier homemade alternative to sugary lemonade drinks.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds strawberries, washed and halved
  • 6 cups water
  • juice of 4 Meyer lemons*
  • 1/2 cup honey (or to taste)

Instructions

  1. Make sure you have a strong, powerful blender that will blend up the strawberries. I like this Ninja or this Vitamix.
  2. Add the strawberries,* 2 cups of water, the lemon juice, and honey to the blender. Blend on high for at least 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into a large pitcher and stir in the remaining water. Taste. Stir in more honey if you’d like it sweeter.
  3. Serve over ice. Enjoy!

Notes

  1. Lemons: If using regular lemons, keep in mind that Meyer lemons are naturally less acidic and somewhat sweeter. So, you might need to add more honey. Simply taste it and add more as you please. For strawberry limeade, simply use the juice of about 6 limes instead.
  2. Strawberries: If you’d like to strain the strawberries, I suggest blending them with only 1 cup of water, then straining into a pitcher. Then stir in the remaining water, lemon juice, and honey. Not straining is best, though. You get all the strawberry goodness!

Keywords: honey sweetened lemonade, strawberry lemonade

Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!
Cold and refreshing, this 4 ingredient strawberry lemonade has ZERO refined sugar and is FULL of incredible, healthy flavor!

59 Comments

  1. I’m definitely ready for summer! Even if I act like it is and wear flip-flops everywhere. This sounds perfect, and I can’t wait to try it with all sorts of berries.

  2. That strawberry lemonade looks absolutely lovely. I have actually never seen Meyer lemons at the store, but I really need to find them! They sound amazing! Might just have to try this with regular lemons though!

  3. Gorgeous, makes me want 80F days every day, all day. And makes me want to spike this and bring it to the beach 🙂 Pinned!

    There’s a stretch on my running path that I can sometimes find Meyer lemons that have fallen off the tree. Usually I just grab them and make regular lemonade…but now I’ll be making this!

  4. I’m in the tri-state area as well and I am dreading the snow! Enough is enough, I just want to sip this lemonade out in the sun!!

  5. The cold weather is just hitting Australia now but this smoothie has me craving the Summer again!

  6. I am a HUGE Meyer lemon fan. I squeeze them into sparkling water, bake them into lemon pies, you name it. Love the lower acidity.
    This lemonade is pretty amazing! The pitcher is, too. I’m a huge fan of both. Especially because it’s kind of snowing outside right now and I need to fantasize about better days!

  7. Sally – We’re getting snow today and I’m not looking forward to it. When will this madness end? Shouldn’t the flowers be blooming and the birds singing? I’m ready for beaches, summer, and of course lemonade. You’re look phenomenal! 😀

  8. I had no idea Meyer’s lemons were a cross between lemons and oranges. Good to know!
    Strawberry lemonade sounds amazing! Have to try this (even if the weather doesn’t get its act together!) 🙂

  9. Strawberry Lemonade is one of my favorite things ever, and I most definitely am going the whole “honey sweetened thang!” I could sip this all day long! Pinned!

  10. Maybe if I close my eyes, picture this lemonade, and click my heals the snow outside my window will disappear! Wishful thinking lol. I wonder if this would make a good sangria? Add a bottle (or 2…. or 3) of wine? Hmmm

  11. Ya’ll are really getting snow?! I must live in Neverland because it will be 68 degrees tomorrow! Is it bad that I secretly want snow instead? That being said, I’m sure if I were in your shoes I would be sick of it, but kudos to you for making a wonderful, spring/summer time lemonade! Mmmmmm mmmm! That drink looks delicious! It’s sad but my little town considers Meyer lemons a “specialty” item, so regular lemons will have to suffice! I can just imagine, Sunday evening… sitting on the porch… watching the sun go down… drinking a delicious glass of Strawberry Lemonade. Don’t worry, the snowpocolapse will end soon! Great recipe, Sally!

    1. Yes, snowing again today Heather! It’s been a chilly, snowy, rough 2015 so far here in Philadelphia. Regular lemons work just fine here!

  12. Perfect recipe for the first day of spring AND a Friday! Love it! This is happening in my house this weekend. I am opening the windows, doing spring cleaning, and sipping on lemonade even if it is technically four weeks early in terms of temperature. Oh well!

  13. Meyer lemons are amazingggg! I used them in some blueberry lemon pie bars on my blog and it’s my second most popular recipe ever. Rightfully so! I wish Meyers were easier to find! Also… This snow is for the birds. Thanks a lot, first day of Spring!!

  14. Here in Oregon, we haven’t had a winter. Very mild, not even as much rain as usual. Even so, I find myself longing for summer. This recipe doesn’t help that longing.
    Looks great. Just waiting for local strawberries to pop up.

  15. This drink looks so refreshing! I can definitely see whipping up a pitcher of this and bringing it on a nice boat ride!

    After all your candy testing all winter your body is probably craving sugar 24/7 now haha 🙂 I have sugar addiction problems too!

    1. The perfect companion for a day on the boat! I’m temporarily the opposite right now with regards to sugary sweets. I just want salty food all the time!

  16. Lemonade is my favorite summer drink, so adding strawberries (and maybe some rum??) to the mix only adds to the awesomeness!

  17. I like the idea of a lemonade sweeten with honey. This sounds amazing
    and I am heading to the store to buy some strawberries! We might get snow in a day or so. UGH! Oh well…I’m in ILLINOIS so not a big surprise!

  18. My very FAVORITE combination for a drink, strawberries & lemonade. Thanks for the reminder about using Meyer lemons for this. As always, your pics and presentation are gorgeous! And yes, if I had been candy testing for months, all I would want would be some nice salted mixed nuts for snacks!!

  19. There’s something about the colour and feel of these photos that just makes me so feel so happy, bright, and springy! I love how you adapt your recipes to seasons and life events (i.e: wedding dress prep!). Just shows you’re a recipe genius! Love, B. xxxox

    1. Thanks Bethany. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to find recipe inspiration and I stand in the kitchen like a psycho looking through the fridge to find it. But recipes like this… when I’m craving summer and something healthier… are so easy to put together.

  20. Awesome, I am excited that this calls for Meyer lemons. Even though I live in podunkville our grocery store has Meyer lemons in sometimes and I always have wanted to get them, but never really knew what to do with them. Now I do!

  21. This recipe really gets me excited for the summer time! Its probably going to take some time until it actually gets a little warmer here in Germany but I certainly don’t mind making such a lemonade while it’s freezing outside ^_^

  22. So, I was just eating some toasted coconut greek yogurt (love!!) and drinking some pineapple juice. It was snowing. LOL. But seriously, strawberry lemonade? Yes please!

  23. There’s about 6in. of snow and syill falling! But I’m looking forward to warmer weather and this looks absolutely delish!!

  24. It’s already 90 degrees here in Arizona, so this drink sounds AMAZING!! Definitely trying this, and the limeade suggestion too!! 🙂

  25. Yum o Yum!!! Thank you for this recipe!! Live in Florida so we are enjoying some pretty warm days over here….swimming in our pool. So this sounds perfect!

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