Ginger Lemonade

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Refreshing Ginger Lemonade is your answer for an easy and cool summer beverage!  Spicy fresh ginger elevates classic lemonade, and when served over ice, it is a great cool down drink.  To make an adult version, you can add a little vodka or prosecco for an equally delicious summer cocktail!

Ginger lemonade in glasses and a pitcher on a table

RECIPE AND POST UPDATED July, 2022

Refreshing Ginger Lemonade

I first had Ginger Lemonade on my honeymoon at the Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands.  I enjoyed it so much, I literally drank all they had on the island.  This is no joke.  

Good news, bad news:  Good news – I don’t have to travel to the BVI to get ginger lemonade anymore because I finally figured out how to replicate what I had on my honeymoon.  Bad news – the resort is still closed due to the massive hurricanes that hit the Caribbean 2 years ago.  It makes me so sad for so many reasons – it is such a beautiful part of the world and the resort was nothing less than perfect.  Let’s stop being sad and talk more about this lemonade.

Homemade Recipe For Ginger Lemonade

If you google homemade ginger lemonade, you will probably find 100’s (maybe) recipes for how to make this delightful beverage.  With that, there are so many techniques on how to impart the spicy ginger into the tart lemonade.  

For this recipe, obviously I demonstrate how to make ginger lemonade they way I make it at home.  However, there is not wrong way.  I think the only must is to make sure you get enough ginger to come through.

Features Of This Delicious Ginger Lemonade Recipe

  • Sweetened with honey – I love the floral sweetness of honey paired with lemon.  So it was only fitting that I make a recipe of ginger lemonade with honey.
  • A LOT of ginger – I call it ginger lemonade for a reason.  I want the ginger to shine, but yet not overpower the lemonade.
  • Homemade lemonade – If I am going to go through the effort of making a ginger syrup, I am going to make homemade lemonade!

What You Need To Make Homemade Ginger Lemonade

Ingredients

  • Fresh Ginger – I have made this ginger lemonade using fresh ginger root, as well as frozen ginger you can find at your grocery.  My preference is fresh, because fresh always has a more robust flavor!
  • Fresh Lemons – I recommend fresh lemons for lemonade because, well, they are fresh.  You can try bottled lemon juice, but I find it just doesn’t taste the same.
  • Honey – The honey is my preferred sweetener because of how lovely it pairs with lemons.  Though, you can certainly swap in you preferred sweetener.
  • Water – Obvi …
  • Ice – Another obvi …

Kitchen Equipment

  • Small Saucepan – The saucepan is used to make the ginger simple syrup.
  • Spoon or Vegetable Peeler – These are especially helpful for peeling the skin off the ginger.
  • Pitcher
  • Serving Glasses
Two glasses of ginger lemonade with lemon wedges

How To Make ginger Lemonade

It really is easy.  The hardest part may be peeling the ginger …

  1. Peel the ginger – Peeling the ginger can be cumbersome with a vegetable peeler, and I prefer to use a spoon.  Here is a great step by step for visual reference.  
  2. Grate the ginger – I recommend grating the ginger vs. leaving it in slices or chunks because it opens up the ginger to release all the spicy juices.  I have all methods, and grating will give you more robust ginger flavor.
  3. Make the ginger simple syrup – Add a cup of water, the honey, and ginger to saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then remove from the heat.
  4. Add the lemon juice to the syrup – To the warm syrup, once it has been removed from the heat.
  5. Let the ginger lemon mixture steep – For at least 15 minutes.  This gives the ginger time to infuse the syrup with all the flavor.
  6. Add water to a pitcher.
  7. Add the ginger lemon syrup to the water.
  8. Mix.
  9. Serve over ice and Enjoy!
Close up of a glass of ginger lemoande

Tips For Making Homemade Ginger Lemonade

  • Use fresh ginger – Or at least the frozen ginger cubes.  DO NOT use ground ginger or ginger syrup.  The ground ginger has been broken down too much to impart any flavor.  Not to mention, it probably won’t dissolve all the way.  And ginger syrup will not infuse enough ginger flavor.  I’ve tried it.
  • Use a spoon to peel the ginger – Because I grate the ginger, I want to peel it as well.  And I have found that using the back of a spoon to peel the ginger to be far easier and more precise than using a peeler.
  • Grate the ginger – I have tried cutting the ginger into slices and chunks, and neither had quite the ginger flavor as grating.   The grated ginger allows a lot of the ginger juice to release into the syrup for the most flavor.
  • Try the honey! – Some of you may be thinking you’d rather just use granulated sugar.  Which will work too.  However, you may find that honey sweetened lemonade has another level of flavor.  The floral notes are wonderful with lemon.  Trust me.
  • Allow the ginger lemon syrup time to steep – It may be tempting to just pour the syrup over ice and water, but you do want to give the ginger time to infuse the syrup.  Much like you would let a tea bag sit in water to get all the flavor.
  • Add alcohol if your feeling cheeky – Or, you just want an adult version!  On the island they added vodka for a Ginger Lemonade with Vodka (catchy name).  Or a little prosecco for a bubbly ginger lemonade.
Two glasses of ginger lemonade on a white serving platter

Common Questions For making Homemade Ginger Lemonade

Can I make a larger batch?

You certainly can! This recipe will make about 8, 8-ounce servings. But you can certainly double the recipe for a large batch.

I have seen frozen ginger cubes in the store. Will those work instead of the fresh ginger?

They will! They come pre-grated and pre-measured by the teaspoon.

Can I substitute a different sweetener – like granulated sugar – instead of the honey?

You can. I find honey to be a little sweeter than sugar so you may want to reduce it to about 2/3 cup sugar.

Do I really have to peel the ginger?

If you want to grate it you do. Otherwise, you can grate it with the skin on, then strain the ginger lemon syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove any bits.

Why do I have to let the ginger lemon syrup sit for 15 minutes?

This gives the ginger time to steep and impart flavor into the syrup.

There are little ginger bits left in the syrup. Is this ok?

It is, but you can certainly strain the ginger lemon syrup to get the bits out. Otherwise, they will just sink to the bottom of you drink, and are a fun little surprise when you get to the end!

Now that you can make this at home, you just need to imagine sitting on a white sandy beach while you drink it!  🙂

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Ginger Lemonade

Yield: 8 Servings
Summer calls for an easy and cool beverage, and there is nothing quite as refreshing as Ginger Lemonade!  Spicy ginger elevates the classic lemonade, and when served over ice, it is a great cool down drink.  To make an adult version, you can add a little vodka or prosecco for an equally delicious summer cocktail!
Prep30 mins
Total30 mins

Ingredients

  • 7 cups water
  • 10 to 12 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated - about a 2-inch piece
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup lemon juice - from 4-5 fresh lemons

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of water, grated ginger, and honey. Cook over medium heat until the honey has dissolved and the mix starts to boil.
  • Remove the syrup from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Let the mix cool for at least 15 minutes – to allow the ginger to steep with the liquid. Note – The grated ginger will have dissolved a bit, but if you prefer to remove any ginger pieces, strain the mix before adding to your serving pitcher.
  • In a serving pitcher, add the remaining 6 cups of water and the ginger lemon syrup. Stir to mix. Chill in the refrigerator, or serve immediately over ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge and ginger slice (optional!), and Enjoy!
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Notes

  • Ginger – I have used fresh ginger as well as frozen ginger cubes.  The frozen ginger cubes come pre-grated and measured. 
  • Honey – I use honey because I like the floral sweet notes combined with the lemon.  However, you can substitute granulated sugar, or any sweetener you prefer.  
  • Lemon Juice – I recommend the juice from fresh lemons because it has a cleaner and more vibrant flavor than bottled lemon juice.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Author: Erin Cernich

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