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Ginger Lemonade With Whole Lemons

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I had some friends over for a beautiful dinner last night. It was a warm, balmy night on the deck with fresh food and fabulous company. We decided to make use of the huge bowl of lemons I had been given by my neighbor and make home made lemonade. When the universe gives you lemons, make naturally sweetened ginger lemonade recipe!

I've always had a penchant for ginger beer and lemonade. But, they're usually loaded with refined sugar. This ginger lemonade still contains quite a bit of natural sugar, but it's a little more forgiving than commercial lemonades.

The secret ingredient to this lemonade is whole lemons. The zest and pith adds a strong, aromatic citrus essence, a depth of flavor, and a tart quality that takes the edge off the sweetness, and the freshly grated ginger adds a special zing that makes this ginger lemonade rock.

If you want to reduce the sugar in this recipe, you could use Nu Naturals alcohol-free liquid stevia, or Sweet Leaf lemon sweet drops. Stevia is glucose free, does not affect your blood sugar levels and has no calories. Those of you on the Body Ecology Diet, Sugar Circuit Diet, other sugar free diets, or just watching your sugar intake should add in the desired amount of Stevia drops to your mix. You can halve the difference with this ginger lemonade recipe and use a little bit of natural sweetener like coconut nectar or yacon syrup, and then accent it with some drops of stevia. Play around and find you perfect blend.

But for a treat, this agave-sweetened blend hits the spot for me. Agave also keeps the lemonade a nice pale yellow color, whereas other liquid sweeteners can turn the entire blend brown. I must admit, it is quite a bit more naughty than I had anticipated. But as a treat on a hot Summer’s night, you just can’t beat this lemonade. Just make sure to be generous with your lemon juice, and blend the whole lemon in until smooth and creamy.

A tip on juicing lemons: juice them at room temperature in order to get the most juice out of them. 

If you want a quick easy lemonade with a real edge, try making home made lemonade with whole lemons by cutting the lemons, removing the seeds and adding in some ice and water. Garnish with mint and ginger. This tastes like a limoncello mocktail. Just know that this lemonade is very different and not for everyone. If you don't like the bitter bite to this lemonade, halve the difference with this lemonade using juice, sweetener and adding one or two whole lemons. 

Last night we made some regular lemonade with still water; and some spritzers using sparkling water. Either way, this whole lemonade is delicious. I am going to make lemonade ginger mocktails with this blend when Melly, Craig, Martin and Roman and I have our annual New Year’s Eve dinner.

Happy New Decade!

Homemade Ginger Lemonade With Whole Lemons

Ginger Lemonade With Whole Lemons

  • 1  - 2 whole lemons well scrubbed cut up and seeds removed
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup coconut nectar, agave, or other sweetener of your choice, plus more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger, plus more to taste
  • fresh mint leaves
  • 6 – 8 cups filtered water, sparkling mineral water, or soda water
  1. Place the agave and lemon juice in a saucepan until dissolved. Allow to cool. (*You can skip this step and just place it all in the blender)
  2. Place this “syrup” in the blender with the whole lemon (or lemons depending on your taste preference and the size of your lemons) and freshly grated ginger and blend until frothy. 
  3. Stir through the desired amount of water and serve garnished with fresh mint leaves. You could add more freshly grated ginger for an extra punch.

This non-alcoholic drink is so refreshing on a hot Summer's day. For a cocktail you could always add in some Vodka.

Serves 4-6.

Tip: Get the most juice out of your citrus fruits

Always juice lemons, limes and oranges at room temperature. This will maximize the juice available. Another trick is to use a citrus press. I could not live without mine! I have one for lemons, one for limes and one for oranges. But if you squeeze as much lemon and lime juice as I do, it can be a pain in….your hand. To alleviate some of the pressure cut the fruit into quarters instead of halves. Not only is it easier than juicing halves – it actually yields more juice.

Oh Yum! I would never have thought to put the whole lemon in this lemonade. It gave it a fantastic depth of flavour.


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Awesome! Great to be connected!~

This is officially my fav drink EVER!!!! I can’t get enough of it! The bitterness drives me WILD, mmmm! I LOVE!


Yummilicious! Got all recommendations from family and friends! <3


I am so glad you are all enjoying this lemonade. I love it! So pleased you do too :)


Hi there, this looks awesome! I am intolerant to Agave can you recommend a substitute? Thanksz!!


Hey Nicole,
You can use any sweetener you like in this recipe and it tastes delicious!

Yum, I will make it today. Was just wondering what juice to make, this sounds perfect :)


Oh, this is YUM!
I will say, that I no longer make this with agave. Use dates, honey or stevia. ENJOY :)

I’m going to make this today, bit I’m going to try ginger liqueur instead of vodka to add punch!


Oh Yum! I love that!!! Please let me know how it turned out!

I already knew I liked you, but now… OMG, I love you, I love you, I LOVE you!!! I’ve been looking for an easy ginger lemonade recipe for a long time! Can’t wait to try it. Just hope I have enough honey.


Yay! Let me know how you like it.

Well, I tried it, and something went wrong, but I’m not sure what. Firstly, I probably didn’t have enough lemon juice, so I threw in a second lemon, which I wasn’t originally going to do. I put my honey in, then my ginger, and proceeded to blend. It never quite got frothy, and never quite blended smoothly. Part of the problem was that I didn’t realize at first that I had my blender on the right speed, but it was on low. I’m sure that didn’t help the frothyness factor. And, oh, the mess it made, all over the blender, all over the counter, all over the base of the blender, right where you put the container. LOL. I never said I was a good cook. :) Any advice on what I could do better would be a blessing, before I try making this thang again. Also, any advice on making those three ingredients into a smoothy?


So sorry you had a crappy experience with this Rainee. Make sure you have enough fresh lemon juice and add a small very well scrubbed lemon and remove the seeds. Blend that up on the highest speed with the sweetener and ginger until as smooth as possible. Then add the water and stir and you should have frothy lemonade.

This is delicious. I tried it first without the extras just to see how the lemonade would taste on its own. I was surprised at how good it was. I was obviously expecting it to be too bitter to be palatable, but was pleasantly surprised otherwise. Thanks for sharing.


Fantastic. I am so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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