Do you all remember how many ways you have had honey? No matter your age, the most common and deliciously satisfying way must be dipping your finger or spoon and licking it. Ahh, it always amuses us with its melting texture and sweet taste. Honey has grown rapidly in its use with chefs, manufacturers, and consumers over the years, especially with cakes and pastries. With consumers' choices leaning towards natural honey, it has a huge potential as a premier ingredient in foods and beverages. Let us look at some honey recipes and the fantastic versatility of multifloral honey in combining and making some thirst-quenching beverages.
Honey Cucumber Lemonade
Our first classic lemonade beverage is a honey drink so easy you cannot go wrong with. Crisp cucumber, sour lemon juice, and sweet honey are awesome healthy trio of flavors with powerful detoxifying properties and flush out toxins from the body.
It is easy to make and you don’t need a fancy vegetable juicer! A blender, a vegetable peeler, and a fine-mesh sieve are the things required to make a refreshing glass of Honey Cucumber Lemonade.
- 1 cup water
- Spoonful honey
- 1 cucumber (sliced)
- 3 lemons (juiced)
- Start by peeling the cucumber
- Slice them in half and scoop out the seeds
- Chop up the cucumber and puree it in a blender
- Strain the cucumber juice through a fine-mesh sieve (It will separate the pulp and the juice so the cucumber lemonade is clear)
- Cut the lemons in half and extract its juice
- Mix both the juices and add raw honey in it
- Stir the mixture well
- Add ice to it as your liking
It’s so refreshing, sweet and a little savory. A perfect drink to make in advance for parties or a casual evening on the porch. Plus it’s easy to make, so you can get out of the hot kitchen and find a cool summer breeze to enjoy!
Hibiscus-Honey Iced Tea
Do you also believe there’s nothing more refreshing than drinking a glass of iced tea on warmer days? It is so true, that an instant mood lift is not the only gain, there are myriad other health benefits as well. In this iced tea, we will be assorting hibiscus with natural honey.
It is time to reconsider if you think hibiscus is just a colorful decoration for your garden. The tropical flowering plant has numerous health benefits and its fruity flavor, being both tangy and sweet, mixed with natural honey makes it perfect for tea.
- ½ cup hibiscus blossoms
- ½ cup multifloral raw honey
- 1 cup fresh lime juice
- Bring water to a boil
- Turn off the heat, and add honey and hibiscus blossoms
- Stir until honey is dissolved
- Let the blossoms steep for 15-20 minutes
- Strain out hibiscus blossoms
- Cool tea in the refrigerator
- Serve over ice and enjoy
This Hibiscus Honey Iced Tea will not just quench your thirst on a dry exhaustive day but will also bestow you with some of the superpowers of pure raw honey aiding energy boost, restful sleep, cough suppression, and more if consumed on a regular basis.
Honey Ginger Lemonade
Let's not confuse this gem with a sugar-packed drink sold at a stand on a driveway.
You might just call it a divine drink after having it for your very first time. It is a drink with natural sweetener brewed from fresh ginger and lemon. It’s tasty, refreshing, and our absolute favorite beverage to sip on when fighting off a cold or on a thirst-quenching afternoon. Do you recall how the doctor always tells you to drink plenty of fluids when you’re sick? This is your go-to fluid.
- 1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced thinly
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 cup boiling water
- Juice of three lemons (about 1/3 cup)
- Bring water to a boil
- Mix ginger and honey in it
- Stir well until honey is dissolved
- Let steep for 10-15 min
- Fill a glass with 3 ice cubes
- After steeping, pour the honey drink into the glass
- Add in lemon juice
- Fill the rest of the way with water, and stir well
One glass of this drink acts as an aid for cold, fatigue, sore throat and more. It’s generally a good idea to stay away from added sugars when you’re fighting off a bug. That’s why this drink is only lightly-sweetened. If you’re drinking it when you’re feeling well, you might want to up the honey drink a touch to give you more of that classic lemonade flavor.
Milk and Honey Iced Coffee
This sounds like some magic when we say that coffee can be consumed without sugar yet you won’t miss it while having it. This cold brew iced coffee with honey and milk is a wonderful way to enjoy a refined sugar-free coffee. The coffee is brewed very strongly, so it won’t taste watered down from the ice, the natural honey, or the milk. We promise you won’t miss the cream and sugar!
- 1/3 cup cold brew concentrate
- 2 tsp honey
- 4 ice cubes
- 2/3 cup milk
- In a tall glass, mix together the cold brew and honey
- Stir it well until honey dissolves
- Add ice in it
- Add milk from top
- Stir, combine & enjoy
You just won’t believe it takes less than a few minutes to make this masterpiece of a beverage. This is amazing and trust us you won’t think of going to drink iced coffee any other way after trying this. It is smooth, delicious, and bold. When milk and honey are added, you have a delicious, refreshing, thirst-quenching treat that’s refined-sugar free!
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All these Honey drink recipes are not only tasty, and thirst-quenching but also natural and healthy. It might come as a surprise to you but it's true to the core that despite its sugar content, honey, particularly raw honey, has long been associated with health benefits. The trace nutrients that it contains may have antioxidant and antibacterial properties, there are even claims that honey can decrease appetite. Relying on healthy drinks with honey is one of the best ways to enjoy honey regularly, without increasing your sugar intake too much.