Honey Lemonade

Wow, the month of Ramadan’s half point has already past by! It’s tough to fast 17+ hours in a day during summer heat (try that while nursing!). You know what’s even tougher? Doing fasting, nursing, and taking on a no-sugar-for-30-days challenge.



Yep, you heard me. No sugar for the entire month of Ramadan except for what’s naturally found in fruits, dates, and honey. Surprisingly, it hasn’t been as difficult as it sounds. Except the opportunities when my husband enjoys ice cream with baklava while I pass and have some mango instead.

It’s worth it, I keep telling myself.  Anyways, no sugar means no typical rose-syrup-flavored water that’s the standard for every iftar (breaking of fast). Instead, I’m drinking a lot more water, but trying to come up with unique flavored waters and drinks as well.

I tried making lemonade with raw orange blossom honey. Guess what? We didn’t miss the sugar at all! In fact, the unique taste of orange blossom honey gave the lemonade a floral hint. It was delicious  and refreshing after a long day of fasting. 

Honey Lemonade

Yield: 4-5 servings

Honey Lemonade


  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 large lemons)
  • 3/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 and 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 3 and 1/2 cup ice cold filtered water


  1. Squeeze the juice and a little pulp from 3 large lemons. Discard seeds.
  2. Heat up 1 and a half cups of water in a sauce pan. Do not let it boil.
  3. With the stove off, dissolve the raw honey into the water. If the water is too hot, it will destroy the beneficial properties of raw honey.
  4. Stir in the lemon juice into the honey syrup.
  5. In a large pitcher, mix in 3 and a half cups of cold water with the lemon and honey mixture. Stir, adjust sweetness and coldness according to taste. Enjoy!


***Note: depending on how sour your lemons are, or how sweet your honey is, you may have to do some adjusting to suit your taste***



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