Homemade Lemonade with Essential Oils – Three Easy Peasy Recipes (Refined Sugar Free)

This Summer is the hottest I have ever experienced – and I know it is for most of us. The heat is making me want to have refreshing drinks aaaaall day long and I really love having my homemade lemonade several times a day. I usually do not drink too many sweet drinks, but when I am sweating all day I somehow crave them more. I remember when I was living in Ghana and sweating for weeks and months in a row, I was craving Sprite like the entire time 😀

So I haven’t had a Sprite in a long time because the Coca Cola company most definetly is NOT a company I do want to support in any way. Instead I am rather making my own lemonade at home. I have put together three easy recipes in this post here. All three are somehow similar and only differ in the kind of citrus fruit I am using (orange, lime, lemon). You can make these lemonade with sparkling water or with still water, depending on what you prefer.

Also, I am using essential oils for the recipes here. If you can get hand of essential oils in food quality I highly recommend getting some – they just add such a perfect extra to every drink! In case you cannot get hands on this “luxury” extra, I do recommend leaving a piece of the respected citrus fruit with skin (use organic produce!) in your lemonade over night; like that you will get more of the fruits flavour!

Finally, before coming the recipes I want to say a few words about sweetening your lemonade: I use agave syurp to sweeten my drinks, however, you can also use any other kind of sweetener that you like. When using coconut syrup, maple syrup or date syurp, you will get a more caramel like flavour, which I personally do not like too much in summer drinks. You can of course also use stevia if you like that. Just use what you feel comfortable with.

Orange Lemonade

Orange is soooo refreshing and I just love cold orange juice on hot Summer mornings. However, orange lemonade is actually almost equally good. For this lemonade I use a mandarin essential oil which adds some extra flavor to the lemonade. As I wrote above; in case you cannot get hands on that just leave a piece of organic orange with it’s peel in the lemonade over night and will you get a similar flavor experience 🙂

Here is what you need for this easy orange lemonade:

400ml water (still or sparkling)
1 Teaspoon Agave Syrup
Juice of one Orange
2 drops of Mandarin essential oil

Blend together all ingredients, add ice if you like – enjoy!

Rosmary and Basil Lemonade

You really have to try this one! I loooove it!

Here is what you need:

400ml water (sparkling or still)
Juice of one Lemon
2 Teaspoons agave syrup
2 drops Rosmary Essential Oil
1 handful fresh basil (torn up into small pieces for extra aroma)

Mix together all ingredients, add ice cubes if you like – enjoy!

Lime Lemonade

Okay, lime is not much of a surprise right? I mean what is summer without lime? Pretty boring I guess!

So here I use double lime – lime juice and lime essential oil! I get the perfect lime buzz with this drink 😀

Here is what you need:

400ml water (still or sparkling)
Juice of one lime
1 drop of lime essential oil
1-2 teaspoons agave syrup

Blend all ingredients together, add ice if you like – enjoy!

I am getting all of my essential oils for cooking and baking from Baldini, and I do actually not know if there are other companies out there offering essential oils that are made specifically for cooking and baking. I love using these essentials oils for all kind of drinks, like adding some tonka oil to my hot chocolate or some vanilla to my banana smoothie in the morning – soooooo good!

Absolutely give them a try if you are into making your own homemade drinks – something I can absolutely recommend doing since you can make sure to actually get the BEST drinks 🙂

One last tip before coming to an end: you can always use cold tea instead of water in these recipes if you like! Like use lemon tea for the rosmary and basil lemonade, or use green tea for lime lemonade, or even hibiscus tea for the orange lemonade. I guess I cannot call it a lemonade any more then, but it tastes really really good too – and you will even get some extra plant power from the tea!

What is you favorite homemade drink for summer? I would love to know so make sure to leave me a comment or message me!


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  1. August 12, 2018 / 1:26 am

    These drinks sound delicious! I do love a glass of cold lemonade!