Ginger Lemonade With A Whole Lemon

December 29, 2009

For epic lemonade, blend a whole lemon into the mixture to give it a velvety frothy texture and amazing depth of flavor.

Ginger Lemonade with a Whole Lemon

This ginger lemonade is made by blending a whole lemon with lemon juice and ginger, and it is absolutely incredible.

We had some friends over for dinner last night. It was a beautiful, balmy evening on the deck with fresh food and fabulous company. We decided to make use of the huge bowl of lemons we’d been given by our neighbor and make lemonade.

The secret ingredient to this lemonade is to blend in a whole lemon. The zest and pith adds an aromatic citrus essence, a depth of flavor, and tartness, and the ginger adds back-end zing. I’ve sweetened this with coconut nectar, but you can use maple syrup, or any other sweetener.

The ginger lemonade will be frothy right after you blend it. Just chill in the fridge, and the froth will settle. If you’re not a fan of ginger, mint or lavender is delicious. Add to taste.

Other Lemon-Based Drinks

Spicy Strawberry Lemonade
Sugar-Free Lemonade
Tastes-Like-Lemonade Green Juice
Sweet Lemonade Kale Juice
Cleansing Apple Lemon Ginger Juice

Let me know what you think of this ginger lemonade in the comments!

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Ginger Lemonade With A Whole Lemon

For epic lemonade, blend a whole lemon into the mixture to give it a velvety frothy texture and amazing depth of flavor.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 to 6
Author Tess Masters


  • 4 cups (960ml) filtered water
  • 1 cup (240ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) coconut nectar (or pure maple syrup or other sweetener)
  • 1 medium thin-skinned lemon, skin on, scrubbed, cut, and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger, plus more to taste


  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high until the whole lemon is completely pulverized. The mixture will be frothy. Tweak ginger to taste. 
  2. Transfer to a sealed container in the fridge to chill and allow the froth to settle.
  3. Serve over ice. 

Recipe Notes

Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak


Comments 18

  1. This is officially my fav drink EVER!!!! I can’t get enough of it! The bitterness drives me WILD, mmmm! I LOVE!

  2. I already knew I liked you, but now… OMG, I love you, I love you, I LOVE you!!! I’ve been looking for an easy ginger lemonade recipe for a long time! Can’t wait to try it. Just hope I have enough honey.

  3. Well, I tried it, and something went wrong, but I’m not sure what. Firstly, I probably didn’t have enough lemon juice, so I threw in a second lemon, which I wasn’t originally going to do. I put my honey in, then my ginger, and proceeded to blend. It never quite got frothy, and never quite blended smoothly. Part of the problem was that I didn’t realize at first that I had my blender on the right speed, but it was on low. I’m sure that didn’t help the frothyness factor. And, oh, the mess it made, all over the blender, all over the counter, all over the base of the blender, right where you put the container. LOL. I never said I was a good cook. 🙂 Any advice on what I could do better would be a blessing, before I try making this thang again. Also, any advice on making those three ingredients into a smoothy?

    1. So sorry you had a crappy experience with this Rainee. Make sure you have enough fresh lemon juice and add a small very well scrubbed lemon and remove the seeds. Blend that up on the highest speed with the sweetener and ginger until as smooth as possible. Then add the water and stir and you should have frothy lemonade.

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