Sun Lemonade

July 18, 2018

Sun Lemonade

‘Tis the season for lemonade and I discovered this lemonade hack by happenstance. Allow me to give you a little background info: I drink 24 oz of warm lemon water in the morning. One morning, I had already poured my water, but decided to go for a walk instead. I left the glass of warm lemon water sitting on the table in the morning sunlight to drink it later. When I returned to my lukewarm water, I was surprised by how sweet it was. It tasted like lemonade, though a bit too watery.

The next day, I conducted the same experiment, but added more lemons for more of the lemonade flavor and left the drink in the sun for 2 more hours, making it a total of 4 hours in the sun, then put it in the fridge. It tasted just like lemonade! I’ve heard of and have made sun tea and solar infused oils before, but never thought about translating the concept to lemonade.

Sun Lemonade



Warm water
One large lemon


A wide-mouthed, clear glass jar with a water tight lid or other secure seal
A sunny day


  1. Cut your lemon into slices. Squirt the slices into the jar and then place slices into jar.
  2. Fill your jar with near boiling warm water. Though the fruit will still infuse in any temperature water, warm water brings out the most robust flavor.
  3. Screw on the lid and give the jar a good shake.
  4. Let the jar bask in a sunny spot for a few hours (I did 4). You’ll know the lemons have infused when the water is tinted a pale yellow.
  5. When your lemonade is finished, strain the lemons + pulp (optional), drink it room temperature or put it in the fridge and serve when cool.
  6. **Note: This is an unsweetened lemonade. Similar to unsweetened iced tea, it doesn’t have the typical sugary taste you may be used to. You can add stevia if you want a little extra sweetness.

Make this and tell me it isn’t the most refreshing drink you’ll have all summer. You can even zhuzh it up by adding cucumbers, oranges, or combine it with iced tea for an Arnold Palmer.

Sun Lemonade

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