Lemonade, Limeade, Gatorade, Powerade; No matter how you mix it, I think everyone appreciates a little ‘ade in the summer time. And I’m almost sure that you agree, which is why I sent myself on a quest to find this dressed-up remake of a classic summer sipper.
I was hesitant about the honey at first (after all, I did find this recipe in the land of the health-nuts), but this rendition of traditional lemonade is almost as sassy as it is sweet. Shocked?? Just wait until your first sip.
Rimmed with coarse salt and lemon zest, this refreshing drink is placed on a whole new level as sweet honey, tangy citrus, and sparkling water come together to aid your taste buds in a way that every lemon should. (Did she say Margarita salt?? I’m in love already.) Honey replaces sugar for a healthier alternative, and sparkling water adds an unexpected, carbonated element. Cheers to the cheeriest drink of the summer!
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup honey
6 cups sparkling cold water
Zest of 1 lemon
Lemon or lime wedges (optional)
Combine lemon juice and honey in a medium saucepan. Heat on low until honey is completely blended with the juice. Chill until cold, then stir and pour into a large pitcher. Add cold water and stir to combine completely.
Mix lemon zest with finishing salt in a shallow dish; rub the rim of serving glasses with a wedge of lemon or lime to dampen. Invert glass into dish of salt and turn to coat rim. Fill glass with ice and add lemonade. Enjoy on green grass in summer sun.