Nothing makes me happier than sitting in my backyard on a hot summer’s day with a glass of lemonade. A few years back while out with my mom, I had this amazing frozen lemonade ginger concoction and every time I went to Brooklyn that was my first stop. Then last year after Raquel wrote her post on the benefits of ginger I decided to started adding it to my lemonade, and let’s just say it’s not for summer only anymore. Awesome!

Here’s what you’ll need:

One thumb of ginger
5 lemons
Raw local honey (to sweeten)*
4 quarts of water

Peel and slice ginger (TIP: Peeling ginger with a spoon is the easiest way to preserve the flesh and remove the skin), zest one side of a lemon and add all to the 4 quarts of water. Bring to a rapid boil.

While the water is boiling slice and juice all of your lemons then cut the skins up for garnish. Once the water has come to a boil, add half to a carafe with lemon juice and a tablespoon of honey*.

Repeat until you’ve filled your carafe and lemonade is sweetened to your liking. Chill for two hours and serve!

I don’t remove the ginger because it makes the lemonade stronger, and if you have any left over ginger “water” you can use if for tea or freeze it for a refreshing snack after a long workout.

*It’s important to add the honey when the water is still hot or it will collect at the bottom.

Update: Over the last few weeks I’ve tried using sugar instead of honey. Actually I should say I’ve started using a ginger simple syrup which I like a lot! To make the spicy simple syrup, simply boil 3 cups water, 6-10 pieces of fresh ginger, 2 cups palm sugar.  Once boiling turn, lower to medium heat and let simmer for 45 minutes. Cool and then sweeten your lemonade to your taste.  The simple syrup will allow you to sweeten even if the lemonade has cooled down.  Happy Summer Y’all!