How to Make Homemade Lemonade with Stevia
Whether you’re enjoying a picnic or supporting your neighborhood lemonade stand, nothing tastes better than a glass of fresh lemonade on a warm, sunny day. As refreshing as it tastes, this tart yet sweet treat is usually loaded with sugar that can impact your overall health. However, our homemade lemonade recipe substitutes sugar with stevia to create a better-for-you alternative. This swap combined with the nutritional benefits of lemons lets you indulge in a healthier option that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways from fresh lemonade over ice to a blended frozen drink or popsicles. Dive into our recipe to learn how to make homemade lemonade with stevia and check out some helpful tips for sugar-free sweetness all summer long!
Sugar-Free Lemonade Recipe
When making homemade lemonade with stevia, you don’t need to sacrifice flavor or sweetness. The natural flavor of the lemons will make your drink refreshingly sweet without any additions. Check out this homestyle stevia lemonade recipe from our cookbook, Cooking with SweetLeaf® Stevia, using our stevia packets or organic stevia packets. It is made with fresh lemons for that homemade, freshly squeezed taste that lemonade-lovers crave!
- 10 packets of SweetLeaf® stevia sweetener
- 1 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 6 cups of cold water
- Ice cubes
- Lemon for garnish
- Combine water, lemon juice and stevia in a pitcher. Stir until well blended.
- Pour into ice-filled glasses, garnish with lemon slices and serve.
Tips for Making Lemonade with Stevia
With any recipe (including this stevia lemonade recipe) there are always tips to consider for the best outcome and ways to take the recipe to the next level. One of the most important things to consider when making sugar-free lemonade is to include the correct amount of stevia sweetener to your recipe. If using a recipe that originally calls for sugar, our stevia conversion calculator makes it easy to determine how much of each SweetLeaf® product you should swap in. Including too much stevia may alter the flavor and not allow the sweetener to properly dissolve, while not enough stevia will cause the lemonade to taste sour. Finding the perfect ratio will ensure you are on track to make the best homemade lemonade!
Once you’ve made our delicious stevia lemonade recipe, there are many options to go above and beyond. Including aromatic additions to your recipe, like mint and additional fruit juices, can transform the flavor profile of your lemonade while sticking with natural sweetness. Other ideas include frozen variations such as frozen lemonade, lemonade popsicles and lemonade ice cubes, so your drink doesn’t get watered down as temperatures rise.
If you’re seeking fresh lemonade flavor on-the-go, SweetLeaf® has a variety of both liquid stevia sweeteners and liquid monk fruit sweeteners to satisfy your cravings. Our Lemon Drop Sweet Drops® and Old Fashioned Lemonade monk fruit drops are excellent sugar-free options that fit perfectly in your purse or pocket. Take these flavors with you to add sweet lemon flavor at any time!
When Life Gives You Lemons
When life gives us lemons here at SweetLeaf®, we make them sweet with sugar-free lemonade! Avoiding excess sugars or additives will help you stay on track with your healthy lifestyle, but still allows you to enjoy a sweet drink. Not only does the sugar-free aspect of this recipe benefit your health, but lemons themselves have numerous health benefits. One lemon provides about 31mg of vitamin C and is a large source of citric acid. This helps support heart health, reduce the chance of stroke and aid in weight loss. It sounds like life giving you lemons isn’t too bad after all!
Ready to make the best homemade lemonade you’ve ever had? Find stevia in a store near you or buy your favorite SweetLeaf® products online today!