Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade Recipe

Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade

I am coming to you today with the beverage that will keep you cool and hydrated and energized throughout the summer.

It is a sparkling honey ginger lemonade that I make with fresh ginger — infused in hot water for a few minutes — and fresh lemon juice, sweetened lightly with artisanal honey, and top up with sparkling water.

It is immensely refreshing on sweltering days, such as we’ve had in Paris lately. It is also a heathy summer drink, bringing you the immunity-boosting benefits of ginger, lemon juice, and honey to ward off those weird summer colds one catches sometimes.

Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade

This honey ginger lemonade is, naturally, very easy to prepare — if making lemonade becomes a project, you’re doing it wrong. I am only offering a recipe because I fiddled with the details of the preparation before I landed on the just-right ratio of ingredients, and how long to infuse the ginger for, so I’m saving you a little bit of experimentation. That said, you may prefer your lemonade a little sweeter — I like it pretty tart — so feel free to adjust accordingly.

If you like sparkling water as much as I do, but don’t like to lug home and then have to recycle all those plastic bottles, consider getting a sodastream machine, which carbonates regular water with the push of a button. We’ve have ours for years now — a fabulous gift from my sister and brother-in-law — and it still brings me the same joy and delight every time I use it. (Actually, I don’t get to use it much these days as my sons fight over the privilege.)

And if you or one of your friends don’t drink alcohol, this is a wonderful cocktail hour option, too.

Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade

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Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Makes 1 liter (4 cups).

Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade Recipe


  • One 5-cm (2-inch) piece organic ginger, about 40 grams (1 1/2 ounces), sliced thinly (no need to peel)
  • 3 tablespoons artisanal honey (vegans can use another liquid sweetener)
  • 3 organic lemons
  • 600 ml (2 1/2 cups) sparkling water, refrigerated
  • Ice cubes, for serving (optional)


  1. Put the sliced ginger in a heatproof bowl and add 240 ml (1 cup) boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes.
  2. Fish out the slices of ginger and stir in the honey to dissolve.
  3. Juice 2 of the lemons, and add their juice to the bowl. You should have about 360 ml (1 1/2 cups) liquids. Cover and keep in the fridge at least 30 minutes or until ready to serve. You can prepare this mix a few hours in advance.
  4. When ready to serve, slice the remaining lemon thinly. Fill a fourth of the glasses with the lemon-ginger mix, add a slice of lemon, ice cubes if desired, and top up with sparkling water.

Sparkling Honey Ginger Lemonade

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  • Troll Gerl

    If you don’t want use SodaStream there are also Soda siphons eg. However they tend to be smaller.
    A lot of Soda Stream type alternatives such as the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker apparently still use the Soda Stream CO2 refills even though not directly manufactured by Soda Stream themselves.

  • I love this! I’m a huge ginger fan and think this would be the perfect hot afternoon sipper. I LOVE Soda Stream, too!


  • Annabel Smyth

    You don’t steep the lemon peel in the boiling water along with the ginger? I always do – remove it in the thinnest possible strips with a vegetable peeler, then put it in a jug with the honey and ginger, if using (I tend to use mint, instead, but I’m sure ginger is delicious, too), and pour over just enough boiling water to cover. Then strain and continue as above!

  • Andreas

    This sounds lovely, Clothilde!! I’ve just printed it off and will give it a try – it’ll make a nice change from iced green tea!

  • Katherine Zammit

    Thanks. This sounds great for summer. We love lemon, ginger, honey and mint as a hot tea in the winter. Not having a sodastream, I’ll use sparkling San Pelligrino water as soon as the ginger & honey mix cools off, and add a spring of mint. ;-)

    • How did you like it?

      • Katherine Zammit

        It’s a great refreshing drink. I’ve made it several times. When we ran out of lemons, I squeezed lime juice, which is also good. Thanks.

        • Oooh yum! Hard to find limes that haven’t flown halfway around the world here, so I use them sparingly, but I L.O.V.E. their flavor.

  • Bill Frank

    Thank you for this amazing recipe, Looking forward to try this on weekend.

    ~ Bill

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