Honey turmeric lemonade

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Honey turmeric lemonade

Last week, I was a dessert-making fiend, churning out pies and cobblers more quickly than any household of two could consume them, and then giving them away to friends. But life has a funny way of telling you to slow down, and so it did, by way of a week-long neck kink that refused to go away and rendered me essentially useless.

Honey turmeric lemonade

I’m seeing a chiropractor now and things are starting to look up (by which I mean that I am now literally able to look upwards, har har), but at the time, I was on the hunt for something to soothe my throat and aching muscles. In the winter, I’m usually drinking Green Kitchen Stories’ turmeric and honey tea, but it is summer after all, so I decided to make an icy lemonade version.

Honey turmeric lemonade

I decided to do away with the usual ginger notes in the drink, in order to let the turmeric flavour really shine. If you’ve never tried it on its on before, it has a lovely astringency to it, and a slightly floral quality too. And I cut the lemonade with a couple fresh-squeezed oranges to lessen the acidity, and give it a hint of natural sweetness before adding the turmeric honey syrup.

Honey turmeric lemonade

This honey turmeric lemonade can be made with either still or sparkling water, depending on your preference. And later in the day, if you grow tired of feeling virtuous, I suspect it would pair quite nicely with a touch of vodka.

Honey turmeric lemonade

Honey turmeric lemonade

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: ~6 cups of lemonade

A lovely, surprisingly delicate drink. This recipe will make more honey turmeric syrup than you'll need. Leftovers can be stirred into tea, or a second batch of lemonade. Fresh turmeric can be found in most Asian specialty grocers.


    For the honey turmeric syrup
  • 75g grated fresh turmeric
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup water
  • For the lemonade
  • 3 large lemons, juiced
  • 2 oranges, juiced
  • 1/2 cup of honey turmeric syrup (recipe above)
  • Still or sparkling water


    For the honey turmeric syrup
  1. In a medium pot, combine the turmeric, honey, and water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes. Using a fine mesh sieve, strain out the solids and reserve the syrup.
  2. For the lemonade
  3. In a pitcher, combine the lemon juice, orange juice, and 1/2 cup of turmeric syrup. Taste, and add more if you desire it sweeter.
  4. Pick any sized glass you like, be generous with the ice, and fill 3/4 of the way full with the lemonade mix. Top with the still or sparkling water, stir, and enjoy.

A note of caution: turmeric stains, so avoid doing this on white countertops or in white clothing. A spritz of Lysol should solve the problem.


Happy sipping.



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6 Responses to “Honey turmeric lemonade”

  1. Richard October 23, 2015 at 2:52 PM #

    As delicious as the photos promise!

    • toughcookie October 28, 2015 at 12:57 PM #

      I’m thrilled that you liked it, Richard! Thanks for letting me know — it’s always such a joy when people make my recipes!

  2. Julia (@Imagelicious) August 19, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    What amazing photos! I’ve only photographed a drink once or twice before and the results were pretty disastrous. These are so bright and airy and I can just almost taste how refreshing the drink is. Beautiful! Just beautiful!

  3. Amanda | The Cinnamon Scrolls August 14, 2015 at 1:02 PM #

    Sounds great, Alanna! I love every ingredient in this, so I’ll be testing it out soon!

  4. Justine August 14, 2015 at 11:02 AM #

    Alanna, this looks so refreshing and perfect for summer! I’ve got all these ingredients in my kitchen, and I’m totally going to whip this up this weekend! I might try it with Pellegrino. Thanks for sharing the recipe, and I hope your neck is feeling better. 🙂

  5. suki August 14, 2015 at 10:47 AM #

    Turmeric Lemonade! That sounds new 🙂 I almost add turmeric to eeveyrthing! but this is new! Very good antibiotic