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Want to learn how to make lemonade without sugar? This easy honey lemonade recipe requires only 3 ingredients and contains no refined sugars!

easy honey lemonade

I’m kicking off summer with a new goal – to give you guys a new summer staple 3 INGREDIENT recipe every week! I guess I technically kicked this off LAST week with my 3 ingredient pie crust recipe. It is pie season, after all!

But this week I’m making it official. And starting it with this easy honey lemonade! I’ve been making this for my kiddos for a long time, since it’s super refreshing and all natural. We LOVE lemonade around these parts but I just don’t love the crazy amounts of sugar in the store-bought kind. So I started making it with honey a few years ago and haven’t looked back. You’ll love it too!

Speaking of summer, this upcoming weekend is looking beautiful, Wally’s birthday is on Sunday, and there is only a month of school left! SUMMER! So excited. My favorite season of the year, hands down.

easy honey lemonade

How do you make this 3 ingredient lemonade?

All you need for this recipe is:

  • honey
  • lemons
  • water

That’s it! You’ll need 1 cup of lemon juice, which is about 5-6 lemons, depending on the size of them. I always squeeze my juice into a measuring cup to make sure I’m getting the right amount.

Once you have the juice squeezed, add the honey directly to the lemon juice and use a whisk to thoroughly combine the two together. Whisk until the honey is completely dissolved, be sure there are no sticky globs left!

Now, pour this mixture into your serving pitcher and then top it all off with 4 cups of ice cold water. Stir to combine, then add some ice and serve! Or, refrigerate for later. Delicious!

How long does this easy honey lemonade last?

It will last for up to a week in the fridge! You might need to give it a stir after a few days to make sure everything is still dissolved together. Although, if you’re making this during a hot streak of weather, you will probably want to make a double batch!

easy honey lemonade

Do you have to use honey in this recipe?

I have actually tried this lemonade with both maple syrup and agave syrup, for when my kids were under 1 and I wanted to give them a taste (Note – do not give honey to children under 1 year of age)!

I would say the agave was the best as a substitute for the taste of honey, while the maple definitely had that “maple” flavor. It is delicious for sure, but I prefer the honey!

You can also make this lemonade a little more lemon-y by intensifying the lemon juice and adding more lemons! Taste and test until you get it just right!

Happy summer!!

easy honey lemonade
easy honey lemonade

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easy honey lemonade

Easy Honey Lemonade

  • Author: Katherine | Love In My Oven


Want to learn how to make lemonade without sugar? This easy honey lemonade recipe requires only 3 ingredients and contains no refined sugars! 


  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (56 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup honey*
  • 4 cups ice cold water
  • ice, for serving


  1. Squeeze the lemons into a measuring cup to ensure you get exactly 1 cup of fresh lemon juice. Add the honey directly to the juice, and use a whisk to thoroughly combine the honey into the juice – do not leave any globs of honey left!
  2. Pour the honey and lemon mixture into a serving pitcher and top with the water. Stir to combine, then add ice and either serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Store the lemonade in the fridge for up to 1 week.


*You may substitute the honey for agave syrup or maple syrup. The maple syrup will give the lemonade a subtle maple flavor (but its delicious).

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About Katherine

Heeey! Thank you for stopping by! I like 30-minute dinners and giant peanut butter cups made with only 3 ingredients. I LOVE food! If you do too, you're in the right place.

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  1. Such an easy and refreshing recipe, Katherine! I have never thought to use honey in lemonade, but I will have to change that!

  2. I see you’re really moving in the summer on your blog Katherine! I’ll be catching up soon 🙂 This lemonade looks so refreshing and delightful. Loving the fact you used honey. I’ve also tried lemonade with maple syrup, and I can confirm it’s splendid too!

    1. Hah yes I am ready for it. Although today is pretty blustery and cold so I might be moving it along too quickly 😉 Thanks Ben!

  3. this sounds very refreshing katherine. we’re heading into winter here so looking at hot chocolate etc. but this looks good for Spring.

  4. I love your creative and easy 3 ingredient recipes, Katherine! I love everything about this lemonade – honey sweetened is the best! So excited to try this refreshing drink!

  5. Oh, boy, so delicious! And easy to just whisk together—no messing with simple syrup!

  6. This is a perfect drink for summer! Little e is always wanting to make lemonade, so I know we will be giving this a try soon. Love that it’s refined sugar free!

    1. Thank you!! My kiddos love lemonade too, you guys will be making this non-stop this summer!