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!
I first had Ginger Lemonade on my honeymoon at the Peter Island Resort in the Britsh Virgin Islands. I enjoyed it so much, I literally drank all they had on the island. This is no joke. And neither is ginger lemonade. Everything you love about lemonade spiked with spicy ginger. It is purely refreshing and it will be hard not to drink the whole pitcher.
The good news, bad 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. The 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.
How To Make Homemade Lemonade
It really is easy. All you need is a simple syrup – which is equal parts water and sugar – and some lemon juice. For this recipe, I opted to use honey because of its fruity floral notes. I think it complements the ginger and the lemon perfectly. Plus, honey can be considered a bit more healthy than granulated sugar.
To make the honey simple syrup, you combine the water and honey and heat in a saucepan until the honey dissolves. This is the same process if you choose a different sweetener like granulated sugar or agave.
Then you add the lemon juice – let all the flavors steep for about 15 minutes – then add it to a few cups of water. That’s it!
Using Fresh Ginger in A Drink
There are a couple of options for the ginger in the Ginger Lemonade:
- Fresh Ginger Root – A great option and all you have to do is peel and grate the ginger root. Peeling the ginger can be cumbersome with a vegetable peeler, and I prefer to use a spoon. Here is a great step by step – so easy and efficient. If you do choose to use fresh ginger root, I still recommend grating it. This makes sure you open up the ginger and release all of the yummy juices. I have also tried slicing and chopping the ginger, and grating will give you more robust ginger flavor.
- Frozen Crushed Ginger (by Dorot) – My preference and what I used in this recipe. I recently discovered these in the grocery freezer section and these frozen little nuggets come pre-grated and measured. Any way I can make a recipe easier, I’m all in!
What not to use:
- Ground Ginger – The spice has a different flavor than fresh ginger and just would not come through as ginger lemonade.
- Ginger Syrup – While the syrup has a good ginger flavor, I have tried it and it didn’t have enough ginger flavor. That said, ginger syrup is fun to have on hand to use on pancakes or even some vanilla ice cream!
Full disclosure on this recipe – I used a lot of ginger, and yet it seemed like I could use even more! I would recommend taste testing the ginger simple syrup as you go and you can add more if you want more of a ginger forward flavor.
Now that you can make this at home, you just need to imagine sitting on a white sandy beach while you drink it! 🙂
More Refreshing Summer Recipes
- Black Cherry Cream Sodas
- Cherry Chocolate Swirl Ice Cream
- Pineapple Mango Icebox Cake
- Lime Cracker Icebox Pie
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lemon juice (4-5 fresh lemons – or – natural lemon juice in a bottle)
- 10-12 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated (I used Dorot Frozen Crushed Ginger. You can use fresh ginger root – at least a 2-inch piece grated.)
- 1 cup honey
- 6 cups (additional) water
- In a small saucepan, add the 1 cup of water, grated ginger, and honey. Cook over medium heat until the honey has dissolved and the mix starts to boil. Remove 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. 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 lemonade mix. Chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice with lemon and ginger slices as a garnish – enjoy!