Spicy and Refreshing Ginger Lemonade

Refreshing Ginger Lemonade
Nancy Lopez-McHugh
Ratings (7)
  • Total: 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
125 Calories
0g Fat
32g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 125
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 14mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 1g
Calcium 62mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

On a blazing summer's day, an ice cold and refreshing drink is an absolute must. When water isn't cutting it and you want a sweetened drink, lemonade is always at the top of the list.  

This lemonade is unlike a traditional recipe because it includes a special little twist, ginger. The spicy root gives the lemonade a touch of heat which combines perfectly with the lemon. Though there is sugar in the recipe (which we all know that too much of isn't good for our bodies) using fresh lemon juice and ginger root gives the drink a nutritional boost unlike just mixing a powdery drink mix with water. 

Besides the use of the fresh ingredients, you're going to love the fact that you won't have to turn on the stove, and heat up your kitchen, to prepare a syrup for this ginger lemonade; Just blend, chill, and serve. 

During winter you can prepare this recipe on the stove and serve heated as a ginger lemon tea!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (amount depends on how lemony you like it)
  • 1 thumb-sized piece of peeled ginger (roughly chopped) 
  • 1/3 cup to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (or honey, stevia, or sweetener of choice; make sure to adjust the amount accordingly)
  • 8.5 cups (2 liters) filtered water
  • Optional garnish: extra lemon slices and ginger slices

Steps to Make It

  1. Juice the lemons, peel and chop the ginger, and have the other ingredients and utensils ready to use. Place the half of the water, all of the freshly squeezed lemon juice and chopped ginger bits into the blender. Blend until the ginger has completely broken down. Next, add the sugar and process for a minute just to help break down the sugar or distribute the sweetener. 

  2. Pour the remaining water into the pitcher, then place the fine sieve over it and slowly and gently begin pouring the blended ingredients into the pitcher. Remove the sieve and discard any strained pulp, depending on the quality of your blender you may or may not have pulp to discard.​

  3. Place the lemonade in the refrigerator until it is cold. When ready to serve, add a few ice cubes to each glass and if you'd like to include a slice of lemon and/or ginger in each cup.