Delicious homemade lemonade with brown sugar

Homemade Lemonade With Brown Sugar

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You only need 3 ingredients to make this refreshing homemade lemonade. It is so simple and refreshing that it makes it an ideal drink for a hot summer day. Many people wonder: can I use brown sugar to make lemonade? The answer is yes! Brown sugar gives a delicious and different flavor to lemonade, and not least, brown sugar is healthier than white sugar!

Vaso de limonada casera refrescante, con cubitos de hielo y ramitas de menta.

Why make this delicious Homemade Lemonade with Brown Sugar

Surely some of you are going to see this, and ask yourselves, “do I really need a recipe to make a simple lemonade?” And of course, a lemonade can be made practically without a recipe and still turn out good. But… having a recipe on hand with the exact amounts is important to achieve the perfect flavor.

Most homemade lemonade recipes use white sugar, my version of homemade lemonade uses brown sugar. The reason I use brown sugar to make lemonade is the following: white sugar is much more processed than brown sugar. This means that brown sugar maintains better its nutrients.

Making a homemade lemonade is extremely easy, but it is so important to have the right quantities. Too many lemons can make it very sour and undrinkable (unless you are one of the people who eat lemons as is…). Using too much water makes a watery lemonade, which is not to anyone's liking either. What I am sharing today is a recipe for a balanced, refreshing lemonade, ideal for these hot summer months. Everyone will love this drink!

Ingredients you need to make this refreshing homemade lemonade

You only need 3 ingredients, and I'm sure you have them at home!

  • Lemons: get the best lemons you can find in your area. You only need 2 big lemons or 3 medium ones
  • Brown sugar: I prefer using brown sugar as it maintains better its properties and I also prefer the taste of brown sugar, so does my family.
  • Water: use filtered water if you live somewhere where you can't drink tap water. To reduce the cooling time, you can use cold water.
  • Mint: using mint is optional, but adding some gives it a very nice and refresing taste
  • Ice cubes: optional, but... drinking a refreshing glass of homemade lemonade, in my opinion needs ice cubes
Ingredientes para hacer una refrescante limonada casera. Limones, ramitas de menta, azúcar moreno y agua filtrada.

How to make this refreshing homemade lemonade

It's as easy as mixing the brown sugar with some hot water to dissolve it well. Add the lemon juice. A couple of hours in the fridge and it will be ready to enjoy. If you have used cold water, it will be ready to drink quicker.

Below I answer some frequently asked questions, if you do not find the answer, you can leave a comment below.

Kitchen tools you need to make this lemonade

  • Juicer: you can use a manual or an electric juicer
  • Jug: use a jug of about a liter, unless you are going to double the recipe, you will need a larger container
  • Spoon: you need a spoon to mix the ingredients

Frequently asked questions

Below I answer some frequently asked questions, if you do not find the answer, you can leave a comment below.

Can I use any other sweetener like white sugar, honey, or agave syrup to make this homemade lemonade?

Yes, you can, but the measurements can change.

Can I make lemonade using bottled lemon juice?

You can, but using fresh lemon is way better.

Can I increase the amount of brown sugar?

Of course! If you like your lemonade sweeter, go ahead!

Can I reduce the amount of brown sugar?

Yes, you can adapt the recipe to your liking.

What else can I add to this homemade lemonade?

You can add fresh mint, slices of lemon, lavender... all these go very well with a homemade lemonade.

You can find a jug of freshly homemade lemonade in my fridge during this whole summer.

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Refreshing homemade lemonade with brown sugar

Refreshing homemade lemonade with brown sugar

Recipe by Oum Bilal

A simple and refreshing homemade lemonade recipe! For which you only need water, a couple of lemons and brown sugar. This recipe makes about a 1-liter jug, but you can easily double or triple this recipe to make 2-3 liters.

Course: DrinksDifficulty: Very easy
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  • 900 milliliters of water (if you use cold water, the lemonade will need less time in the fridge)

  • juice of 2 large or 3 medium lemons (without seeds, the pulp can remain)

  • 110 gramos de azúcar moreno

  • some mint (optional)

  • ice cubes (optional)


  • Calentar una pequeña cantidad del agua (unos 100ml) en el microondas para disolver el azúcar.
  • Añadir azúcar moreno (110 gramos) y agua caliente en la jarra y disolver.
  • Add the lemon juice and the remaining water (800ml). Mix well and put in the fridge. If you add cold water, you reduce the cooling time in the fridge.
  • Ideally, serve very cold, with some ice cubes, a bit of mint and a few slices of lemon.
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