I first started making this refreshing drink many years ago when the children were young. At that time I used a kilo or more of white sugar in the recipe (before we were beekeepers!). Then I decided to experiment with honey. To start with I used half/half of sugar/honey, but now I have learned that using just honey works fine, and tastes delicious!


  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (an orange or few limes can be included)
  • 1 litre of slightly cooled boiled water
  • 500g mild liquid honey
  • 1 tablesp. citric acid
  • 1 tablesp. Epsom Salts (optional)
  • 1 tablesp. grated raw ginger (optional)


  • Boil up the litre of water and allow to cool a little.
  • Squeeze citrus fruits of choice (use a majority of lemons).
  • Place all ingredients into a large bowl, including scooped out pith and pips of citrus fruit, and about 1 tablesp. of finely grated rind.
  • Stir well until honey is dissolved and leave syrup to sit in bowl for a few hours.
  • Strain syrup through a sieve, then bottle.
  • Store in fridge – it will remain fresh for a week or so.
  • To serve, pour a small amount of syrup into a glass then top up with cold (or hot) water.
  • A small amount of syrup added to a glass of water kefir(*) also makes a tasty, refreshing beverage. 

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