Is there anything more refreshing on a hot summer day than a cold glass of lemonade? The cool, sweet, slightly sour taste of lemonade is the quintessential drink of summer. At once cooling, energizing and hydrating, we can’t get enough of lemonade. But before you go load up on a powdered drink mix, take a minute and read through these 10 delicious lemonade recipes that will have you rethinking those cans.
Lemonade is usually made with lemon juice, sugar and water. Raspberry lemonade recipes have been around for a few years and it’s delicious. However what makes this recipe for raspberry lemonade from Rasa Malaysia truly special is that the water is replaced with coconut water. Loaded with electrolytes and potassium that helps the body recover from physical exertion, coconut water is hailed as the miracle drink for rehydration and recovery. By using coconut water in this lemonade recipe, Rasa Malaysia has not only upped the nutrition factor in this drink, but she’s also slightly changed the typical flavor profile of lemonade. This drink is a little exotic and perfect for those looking for a little adventure in their beverages.
Homemade black grape lemonade
Grapes and lemonade really do marry well. With this homemade black grape lemonade, Divas Can Cook has perfected the grape lemonade variation. The recipe starts deep purple, ripe seedless grapes. The grapes are cooked and mashed with sugar to sweeten them up, then simmered so the mixture develops that beautiful black grape color and robust flavor. The sweetened grape juice is then is combined with the lemon juice, poured over ice and served. You’ll never go back to regular lemonade! You know what they say: the darker the berry the sweeter the juice, and in this case black grape lemonade will be your new favorite.
Honey sweetened strawberry lemonade
The Meyer lemon, a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, is a horticultural phenomena. Slightly sweet, less acidic, and with a thinner and deeper peel color, Meyer lemons have become extremely popular in recent years. Because of its sweeter flavor, the Meyer lemon requires less sugar when used it for lemonade — so this honey sweetened strawberry lemonade a healthier lemonade. The recipe is then amped up with nature’s candy: strawberries. The strawberries are blended with the juice from the Meyer lemons and honey, then combined with water and poured over ice. This irresistible pink, frothy and sweet lemonade will cool you off and quench your thirst.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, there was a totally cool lemonade recipe. Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured the nether regions of the universe and brought you this galaxy lemonade. From The Flavor Bender, this lemonade slushie changes color using the uber-popular blue pea flower or butterfly pea flower. The innovative recipe also uses the beautiful wedgewood blue natural dye from the pea flower to make ice cubes. The cubes are then crushed and when combined with the lemon syrup, the colors begin to change from deep blue to pink: the acid in the lemon syrup is the catalyst to start this ultra-cool effect. It’s science and it’s delicious. Tasty and fun, this is a great recipe to have on hand for summer barbecues or kids’ birthday parties.
Fresh strawberry lemonade
If fruity lemonade drinks are your thing, then you’ll love this fresh strawberry lemonade from Deliciously Sprinkled. This is a sweet, thirst-quenching beverage is made from homemade strawberry syrup and fresh lemon juice. It’s an easy recipe that takes about 10 minutes to put together. Be sure to cool the simple syrup before you drink it, or stick the syrup in the fridge after making to cool it quickly. The strawberry syrup and lemon juice make the perfect pair: sweet, yet tart and tangy. Make up a double batch for birthday parties, backyard barbecues or add in some booze for a grown-up treat. This simple fresh strawberry lemonade will be a hit at your next get together.
Homemade raspberry peach lemonade
The cool thing about lemons is that you can throw them with anything; while we love the combination, it is not terribly unusual to find strawberry lemonade at a summer gathering these days. If you’re looking for something different yet still fruity go for this homemade raspberry peach lemonade from The Chunky Chef. The first step is to puree the peaches and raspberries, and then to strain them. Next the puree is mixed with simple syrup, and then poured together with the lemonade. Garnish with some fresh peaches and raspberries and you’ll have the perfect beverage for bridal showers, baby showers or backyard barbecues. Add a dose of rum for a boozy boost for grown-ups. This drink is a party for your tastebuds.
Bangin blueberry lemonade
For a lemonade that looks as cool as it tastes, search no further than this bangin’ blueberry lemonade from My Incredible Recipes. Watch out though: this lemonade packs a punch and is only for adults. The secret to this vibrant hue is the blue cream soda and satisfying carbonation. Can’t find blue cream soda? Substitute in Blue Curacao. The lemonade in this drink comes from Deep Edy’s Lemon Vodka. We can just imagine serving this cocktail at the 4th of July barbecue this year. This cocktail will have us all singing the blues — in a good way.
Frozen strawberry lemonade
For lemonade that serves like a dessert, go for this frozen strawberry lemonade from As Easy As Apple Pie. Adapting a favorite combination of sweet strawberries and tart lemons, this quick and easy lemonade is also light in sugar, using only two tablespoons per recipe. The strawberries and lemon juice are blended up with the sugar, water and crushed ice. This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled depending on the number of guests. And as usual, this beverage can be mixed with the liquor of choice for a cocktail. This frozen strawberry lemonade is so quick you can whip it together in 10 minutes flat. In fact, where did we put our blenders?
When considering lemonade, one doesn’t often think of herbs with lemonade. However, certain herbs work terrifically with lemon. Thyme is the herb of choice for lemon flavoring in savory dishes, along with rosemary, oregano and marjoram. For a sweet and relaxing choice, try this lavender lemonade from Add A Pinch. Honey and lavender buds are mixed with hot water to release the smell and flavor of the herb and to melt the honey. The lavender and honey is then poured together with lemon juice, cold water and served over ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh lavender for presentation. Make sure to get culinary lavender, not crafting lavender; you don’t want any extra chemicals in your drink!. Herbs can be delicious with lemons and this lavender lemonade is a great new combination to try this summer.
Exotic and delicious, this mango lemonade is like a walk on the beaches of the tropics. This variation has a hint of lemon, rather than as the base. Mango has a lot of health benefits, too: mangos are full of Vitamins C and A, folate, B-6, Vitamin K and potassium. To make Sandya Hariharan’s mango lemonade, take mango and puree until it is a pulp. Then mix with some cooled simple syrup, and a squeeze of lemon. The taste of lemon helps to break up the otherwise too sweet mango. All together this beverage is refreshing, delicious and slightly different than the usual lemonade.