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‘African Heat’ Spicy Lemonade

Spicy Ginger Lemonade in a carafe and a tumbler with lemon and ginger next to it.
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If you enjoy lemon and ginger tea during the cold winter months, we have a cold and refreshing summer drink option for you. Our Spicy Lemonade may be cold in terms of temperature, but it certainly makes up for the heat that ginger and cayenne pepper leave dancing on your tongue. Sweetened with honey, this is a refined sugar-free drink that can be made with still or sparkling water.

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Benefits Of Spicy Lemonade

The benefits of consuming ginger and lemon are widely known. Most of us have heard of the copious amounts of Vitamin C and antioxidants that they contain. We love the combination of lemon, ginger and honey and had a warming infusion for years every time we feel a bit run down or starting to have that winter cold.

We decided to enhance the well-known combination by adding some cayenne and turmeric and make it into a cold drink. Whilst turmeric has long been described as a ‘superfood’ that acts as an inflammatory, we added it for the warm and earthy flavour and lovely bright colour that it brings to the drink.

Cayenne pepper, on the other hand, is all about the heat. Whilst it is widely claimed to help with weight loss and act as a tonic for various diseases, I simply love the kick it adds to our lemonade!

a glass of lemonade on a gray table runner.

Ingredients and Substitutes

  • honey: use runny honey for easier mixing. You can also substitute the honey with maple syrup, sugar syrup or agave nectar for vegan lemonade.
  • lemon: a lemonade can never be made without them, right? Choose large juicy lemons, but if you have some limes to use, they will work here too!
  • ginger: make sure to peel the ginger before grating it, as the skin will make the lemonade bitter.
  • ground turmeric: adds a lovely bright yellow colour to the lemonade, but you can skip it if you don’t have any at home.
  • cayenne pepper: can be substituted with chilli powder.
  • sparkling water: or cold still water if you don’t want the fizz!
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Simple Steps to Make Spicy Ginger Lemonade

Prepare all your ingredients. Peel and grate your ginger. I find a ginger/garlic grater extremely useful. Here’s a link to the one we use. Then squeeze two large lemons.

Add the lemon juice, runny honey, grated ginger, turmeric and cayenne pepper and mix well. Add 50ml of water and stir to combine. Pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a jug. Then top with fridge-cold sparkling water (or still if you prefer) and enjoy!


Recipe FAQs

Can I Substitute Lemon with Lime?

Absolutely! It works just as well. However, since limes are smaller than lemons, I would recommend using 3 limes instead of 2 lemons.

Can I Make This Lemonade Vegan?

Yes! We tried making it with agave syrup and a simple sugar syrup instead of honey, and it was just as delicious!

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Spicy Ginger Lemonade in a carafe and a tumbler with lemon and ginger next to it.

‘African Heat’ Spicy Lemonade

If you enjoy lemon and ginger tea during the cold winter months, we have a cold and refreshing drink option for you. Our Spicy Lemonade may be cold in terms of temperature, but it certainly makes up in the heat that ginger and cayenne pepper leave dancing on your tongue. Sweetened with honey, this is a refined-sugar-free drink that can be made with still or sparkling water.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine African-Inspired, World
Servings 4 small glasses
Calories 65 kcal

Equipment

  • A fine sieve

Ingredients
 
 

  • 60 g runny honey
  • 2 lemons juice only
  • 10 g root ginger grated/ minced
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 400 ml sparkling water

Instructions
 

  • Mix all ingredients, except for sparkling water well in a bowl or a jar. Add 50ml of water and stir to combine. Pour the mixture through a sieve into a jug.
  • Top with 400ml of cold sparkling water (or still) and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 23mgPotassium: 106mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 116IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg
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Spicy Lemonade served in a glass with a carafe of it next to it.

5 Replies to “‘African Heat’ Spicy Lemonade”

  1. Vidya Narayan says: Reply

    5 stars
    The drink sounds and looks absolutely refreshing! Perfect for me as I love the combination of ginger, lemon and honey.

    1. It’s a great drink for a hot summer’s day! 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Oh wow – a tasty tonic-like lemonade. Incredible!

  3. Amanda Wren-Grimwood says: Reply

    5 stars
    This looks very different but lemon and ginger is so so soothing and tasty. Great combination of flavours.

    1. Lemon and ginger is perfect any time of year, but absolutely love adding turmeric and a bit of chilli heat to the mix too! 🙂

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