Berry Lemonade with Honey
We all love a refreshing drink in these hotter months, so here’s a spin on classic lemonade. Adding berries (any kind, so pick your favorite(s)!) boosts fiber and antioxidants, and using honey (yes, although it is still a sweetener), also contains antioxidants, trace amounts of vitamins and minerals, and is absorbed into the bloodstream slower than white sugar. When using honey, try to select raw since it hasn’t been heated so it still has most of those awesome health benefits intact. Also, make sure you don’t add it to or use boiling water (allow it to cool some, first), to help keep those benefits safe from too much heat!
What you’ll need:
5 c. water, boiled & cooled some (enough for the boiling process to stop, but still be hot enough to mix everything well)
1 c. fresh lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons, depending on the size)
1/3 c. honey (taste test this, you may want a little more or a little less)
1-2 c. berries of choice, depending on how many you’d like in your drink. Another option is to leave the berries out and make a fun berry lemonade bar, allowing those drinking to add as much/little of whatever variety they like!
blender & pitcher (if you don’t have a blender, select a pitcher with a well-fitting lid so you can give it a good shake! you will also need a bowl to mash the berries some.)
What to do:
1. Boil water and allow to cool enough for boiling to stop.
2. Meanwhile, juice lemons and add to blender or pitcher along with the honey.
3. Once the water has cooled some, add to blender or pitcher and blend/stir & shake well.
4. If using a blender, add 3/4 of the amount of berries you selected, then blend/pulse a few times to break them up a little, but not too much. If using just a pitcher, use the bowl to smash 3/4 of the berries, then add them to the pitcher and stir everything well. Now add the remaining 1/4 of the berries to the lemonade, without blending/smashing these so you have some whole, too.
5. Refrigerate overnight, allowing everything to mingle and chill.
6. Serve with ice and enjoy!
Single Serving Option:
Maybe a whole pitcher is too much. We get it. Here’s an option for just 1 cup:
1 1/4 c. water
1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
1 generous tbsp honey
1/8-1/4 c. berries (or however many you’d like)
Follow directions above & enjoy!