It is officially summer, and lemonade is a popular beverage during the hot summer days.  It is cool and refreshing, yet is it a good idea to buy your lemonade from the store?

Target’s Simply Balanced organic lemonade has 30 grams of added sugar per 8-ounce serving (lemons do have sugar in them).  For perspective, both Dr. Pepper and Coca-Cola have 39 grams of added sugar in a 12-ounce serving.  That is a huge quantity of sugar!

The good news is that you can make your own lemonade at home very easily.  Making lemonade at home means that you know what kind of water is in your lemonade.  You can also control your lemonade’s sweetness and choose the sweetener yourself.  It will be freshly made and unique!

Here is what you will need to make your own lemonade at home:

Warm up one cup of water just enough to dissolve 2 teaspoons of honey.  Wash the lemon and dry it off.  Then, roll the lemon on your clean counter top underneath your palm.  This will help in the juicing process.  Once the lemon feels soft, cut it in half and remove the seeds.

Add the remaining three cups of water into a small pitcher.  Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water.  When you cannot get any more lemon juice out of the lemon, cut up the lemon into 3 or 4 pieces and add it to the pitcher.

Add the honey dissolved in warm water to your pitcher.  Chill before serving if desired.

Serves two thirsty adults!

This recipe turned out tart.  If you like lemonade sweeter, add a little honey at a time until it is sweet to your taste.  The reason I avoid using sugar is that it is not healthy for you.  Go here to read “How Sugar Affects You Today.”  You can read the benefits of honey here.

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