Nothing says summer like a tall glass of Honey Orange Lemonade! This lemonade variation is naturally sweetened with a quick honey simple syrup and made with freshly squeezed oranges and lemons. Celebrate the warmer weather with a refreshing glass of Honey Orange Lemonade!
Nothing says the start of summer like citrus trees in full bloom, especially in Arizona. When the temperatures started warming up, boxes and boxes of citrus were all around the neighborhood, up for grabs.
Our neighbor across the street has a fully mature orange tree that is probably 50 years old by now. At the beginning of the orange season, she came over and asked if Greyson wanted to help pick some oranges off her tree.
Does a toddler ever say no to a new adventure? Certainly not mine.
He came back with as many oranges as his dad and he could carry. Which left me with needing to figure out how to use up as many oranges as possible.
Freshly squeezed orange juice was the first thing that came to mind. But I wanted to do something a little different with it. Knowing that the oranges were sweet, I thought the combination of sweet oranges and tart lemons would be perfect for sipping on in the warmer months.
I also wanted to be able to share this drink with my toddler. If you've been around here for long, you know we try to limit the amount of sugar that our son gets as much as possible. One way that we do that is by using more natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup or fruit.
So to sweeten this Honey Orange Lemonade just a bit, I made a quick "simple syrup" with honey. It's made the same way as a regular simple syrup, by boiling water and honey until the honey dissolves.
Making that simple syrup not only sweetened the lemonade but it also added this warmth to the drink that I absolutely love!
This Honey Orange Lemonade is perfect for sharing!
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Honey Simple Syrup
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup honey
Honey Orange Lemonade
- 2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 3 ½ cups water
- Honey Simple Syrup
- In a pot, warm water and honey over low heat. Stir. Once honey has dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
- Juice lemons and oranges and pour juice into a large pitcher. Add water.
- Once honey simple syrup has cooled, add to pitcher. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.