Monday, August 20, 2012

Flavored Lemonade (sugar-free)

This is another guest post by my 10-year old daughter, Lily (I helped her format the recipe). For those of you who have been reading this blog for a while you might remember the first guest post she did on Homemade Seaweed Snacks. This is another yummy creation of hers, I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! -Ali :)

What inspired me to create lemonade in jars was a stand at the farmer's market. They take two cups that fit together and shake the lemonade to mix it. Because we don't have two cups that fit together I thought  jars would work too.

This is a great drink for a hot afternoon. I made these before we went blueberry picking one day and we had them when we got home. It was so refreshing to have these after a hot afternoon in the sun.

Sugar-Free Flavored Lemonade

My favorite combination is lemon-rosemary-ginger. I also like lime-ginger. My sister and brothers like strawberry-lime and blueberry-lemon.

12-ounce jam jars
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice per jar
5 to 10 drops liquid stevia per jar
filtered water

Fresh blueberries
Fresh strawberries
Fresh rosemary sprigs
Fresh ginger slices 

First add the lemon or lime juice and stevia to each jar. Then add the additions of your choice and fill with water. Cover jars with a lid. Gently shake jars and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to let the flavors infuse. Source:

More Beverage Recipes:
Homemade Hemp Milk
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
Soothing Tummy Tea

About the Author

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole foods diet. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!


  1. Gorgeous recipe! The seaweed snacks are huge favorites in our house. My kids love painting on the oil (and we add tamari).

  2. Is stevia safe during pregnancy? I have read conflicting articles and would like your opinion, Ali.

  3. Hi Lily,

    Great recipe idea! We might try this with a group of preschoolers. About how much fruit would you add to each jar to get a nice flavor? Did you squeeze the blueberries a bit, or just drop them in whole?

    I love the colors! We'll let you know how it turns out. :-)

  4. Way to go Lily! Sounds delicious!

  5. Hey Lily! Thanks for the recipe, it sounds yummy! I think it would be kind of neat to have the fruit at the bottom & eat it at the end lol. I too was wondering if you squeeze the fruit.
    Thanks again & happy creating!

  6. This sounds like a nice and refreshing drink. It will be great in the warm weather or maybe warmed up for the winter season. I'm going to try this.

  7. Wonderful idea Lily, Thank you for sharing. Do you know what kind of jars you used and where to get them. They are so pretty and perfect for the recipe!

  8. Amanda - I am not aware of any safety issues with stevia in pregnancy. Maybe you could share an article where you saw this?

    Jennifer, Lynne - I asked Lily and she said she did squeeze the some of the blueberries to get the pretty color. She shook the jars with the fruit a bit more than the other jars.

    Sunflowergal - those are just 12-ounce jam jars. You can find them anywhere this the of year. :)

    Hope you all enjoy! -Ali :)

  9. Lily - great recipe! It is SUPER hot in Japan, around 95 degrees in my apartment, and when I saw this post this afternoon I made it right away! It was so delicious. I can't wait to make it again tomorrow :)

    Please keep posting, along with your Mom!
    Great job and happy cooking,

  10. Try lavender buds. I make a lavender lemonade that is requested all the time for family and friends events.


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