drink, recipe, spring, summer


What drink do you like to enjoy on a hot summer’s day? Iced tea? Iced coffee? Lemonade? Pop/Soda? Fresh-pressed juice? Icy-cold water?

What if I told you I had a lemonade recipe that was so delicious, it would wash away your wanting to drink anything else? And what if I told you this wasn’t just any regular lemonade, but a ginger-lemonade?

It’s hard to guess, sometimes, what you would say. But I imagine it would be somewhere along the lines of, “WOW, THAT SOUNDS FANTASTIC, HILARY!”

Yeah, I know!

This lemonade is the perfect balance of tart, sweet, and sharp. It is both refreshingly delicious on its own, and a perfect match for beer for a summertime shandy.

It tastes much better than anything store bought, and gives you fantastic bragging rights. So let’s start pressin’ those lemons!



  • zest of two lemons
  • juice of three lemons (1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 5-6 cups cold water
  • thumb-size piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into coins


  1. Add the lemon zest, juice, and sugar into the bottom of a caraf. Add 5 cups of cold water, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Add the ginger slices, and just like them float away on the top.
  2. Taste-test (always!) to check tartiness. Add the sixth cup of water if needed.  Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

To serve, strain (if desired) into a glass and top with lots of ice. Add a lemon peel twirl if desired. Otherwise, add half a beer and enjoy a delicious gingery-lemony-beery shandy.

Recipe makes 5 and 1/2 cups of delicious homemade lemonade.