Drink Up! Organic Lemonade Recipe

There is a heat wave and it’s hot outside!   On days like today, when the temperature is well over 100 degrees (I know…it’s flippin’ hot) its super important to stay hydrated.  A few of my readers have asked me for drink ideas and with the sun shining hot like today, it’s the perfect time to share this natural and healthy Organic Lemonade Recipe…drink up!

Organic Lemonade

This recipe is super fast and easy and most importantly all natural!  Just follow these three easy steps.

Juice of 6 large lemons
1/2 cup Agave Nectar
1 Quart Water

Mix all ingredients in a large pitcher.  Chill.  Enjoy!

I use agave nectar because it is a natural sweetener.  It is a 100% organic sweetener that is made from the agave plant.  Fun Fact: Agave plants are also used to make Tequilla.   Agave has a very subtle sweet flavor and can be purchased at Whole Foods, Trader Joes, or in the organic section of your average grocery store.  If you can’t get your hands on agave, replace it with 1/2 cup sugar or 1/2 cup honey.

 

 

Mix it Up!  Variations on this Recipe

Adding fresh fruit to this recipe, or any drink, will not only change the flavor, but will also give you a natural sweetness and serving of fruit.  My favorites for lemonades and teas are raspberries, peaches, lemon and lime slices, and blueberries.  You can simply cut up the fruit to float in your glass or you can “muddle” (smash) the fruit at the bottom of your glass to release more flavor and mix into your lemonade. 

 

 

I also like to freeze lemonade into ice-cube trays to make lemonade ice.  You can do this with any drink, iced tea, fruit juice, or coffee for iced coffee.  As your ice cubes start to melt, your drink will not be watered down like traditional ice cubes can do.  If I feel very fancy, or for special occasions, I love to pop a raspberry or slice of strawberry into each ice-cube before filling with the liquid.  It looks so beautiful floating in a glass!

 

Another fun way to mix up this recipe is to pour lemonade into freezer pop molds.  These can be purchased at any grocery store and are a great way to stay hydrated on hot day.  You can put large chunks of fresh fruit in them, fill with lemonade and freeze for a natural desert.  You can also fill molds with any natural fruit juice for a healthy treat.  Kids especially love these!

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this Organic Lemonade recipe and other ideas!
Please comment below with your favorite ways to stay hydrated and cool on hot summer days 🙂

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dohna on August 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Thank you, Sarah for the lemonade recipes, sounds so refreshing! Can’t wait to buy some agave nectar!

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  2. Posted by marianne on August 25, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    This must taste as good as it looks. Adding fresh fruit is a great idea. Can’t wait to try it, hopefully soon.Thank you, Sarah

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  3. Posted by elo on August 25, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    are there many carbs in agave nectar, and does it taste like honey??? 🙂

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  4. Posted by Emery Board A on August 26, 2010 at 11:13 am

    sweet, freezing things like that into popsicles is my favorite. yum and refreshing

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  5. Agave is the best! I made the switch to agave a while ago and its the best sweetener anything really.

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  6. Posted by Mary Gilbert on August 26, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    Sarah, Thank for the into on Agave nectar. I will get some next time I go to the market.

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  7. Posted by Monica on August 26, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    The idea about freezing liquids into the ice cubes is awesome!!! I actually have two different kinds in my freezer right now!! Yummy!

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