Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Turmeric is a wonderful spice with many benefits. I love using it in cooking and in natural beauty recipes.

Many Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is a versatile spice that I use often and it is also a great natural remedy.

It can be used externally to improve skin, can help whiten teeth, and in poultices to sooth rashes. Internally, it supports digestion, the liver, and is high in beneficial antioxidants.

This power spice is a cornerstone of Indian cuisine and used in curry powders, mustards and more.

Doctors and naturopaths often recommend turmeric as a way to help lower inflammation in the body. Thousands of studies show its benefits in promoting heart health, mental health, reducing inflammation and ensuring balanced blood sugar.

How to Use Turmeric

I love to add turmeric to skin scrubs and other beauty recipes. I also put it in many of my homemade spice blends and add it to many recipes.

Unfortunately, many of the foods I love adding turmeric in, like soups and stews, aren’t good summer recipes. I find it harder to consume foods and drinks with turmeric in warmer months.

My favorite turmeric recipe of all time is this Turmeric Tea (also called Golden Milk). I make that warm and savory drink with coconut milk and other spices and love it in cooler months.

Turmeric Lemonade

Unfortunately, when the outside temperatures start hitting 90+ degrees, hot drinks lose some of their appeal. I’ve been experimenting with ways to use turmeric in cooler foods and drinks and come up with a few recipes we love.

This iced turmeric lemonade is a delicious summer favorite for our family as I’ve been making it often for the kids while they are playing outside. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes great!

The earthy taste of the turmeric provides gorgeous color but is mostly hidden by the tang of the lemon. Personally, I like to use liquid stevia to sweeten this, though any natural sweetener would work.

How to Make It…

Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

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Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

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Yield 4 cups

Refreshing iced turmeric lemonade combines earthy and bright turmeric with fresh lemon and natural sweetness for a delicious summer drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1.5 cup of ice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste-about 2-3 lemons)
  • 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon stevia drops (or more to taste)- Can substitute other natural sweetener but will need to add more
  • Tiny pinch of black pepper (increases benefits of turmeric)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 60 seconds or until ice is completely blended in.
  2. Let rest for about 30 seconds before pouring. Pour into cups to serve. I prefer to serve over more ice.
  3. Consume immediately.

Notes

If you won't consume all of this at once, make smaller batches by cutting the recipe in half or even fourths. I prefer to use stevia to keep the sugar content down, but any natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey will work well in this recipe. You can also make this with lime juice (same amount as lemon juice) or orange juice (double the juice and reduce the water by 1/2 cup).

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Reader Comments

  1. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it. I love all your posts! Thanks for taking the time to write them. I appreciate you so much : )

  2. I’m so glad I saw this. I’m going to the store after work and getting lemons. Can’t wait to try it. I put turmeric in my bone broth before drinking and also in my smoothies. Sometimes I add it to my oatmeal.

  3. I thought turmeric was best absorbed when combined with a fat?

    • It actually needs black pepper to become available to our bodies.

  4. I heard it stains – is that true?

    • Turmeric? It can stain cloth and other surfaces but I’ve never had trouble with that.

    • Yes it does stain plastics and porous surfaces. I always use glass with turmeric

  5. I tried it with orange juice fresh squeezed b/c I had no lemons. It was delicious and used your same measurements (1 cup of OJ). I also added a little protein powder. Very good. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Add a little ginger and skipping the sweetener completely is another great way I’ve found to make this! Tastes so refreshing.

  7. I made one addition. a full twist of black pepper. Just as with your experience with cinnamon in the Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, the pepper adds to the zing of the lemon AND it binds to the turmeric so the turmeric doesn’t just wash out but work in the body as well. 🙂
    I will be adding this to my list of variations of lemonade.
    D.

  8. Loving the idea about tumeric ideas.

  9. This looks great, and I love the idea of finding a way to get turmeric in when it’s so bloody hot out. Like you, I’m just not digging the soups and stews and rich food I usually add it too. I would second someone else’s comment that the turmeric needs the addition of black pepper to be bioavailable. I’ve also recently learned that turmeric not only needs the black pepper, but also needs to be consumed with fat and activated by heat. That definitely changed how I consume it these days. Not sure how to incorporate fat into this (MCT oil frothed in before drinking, maybe?), but I would probably heat part of my turmeric / water mixture up first to get the turmeric activated and then blend that in with ice after it cools off. Stay cool!

    • I heat up the water and cook the turmeric and black pepper, allow to cool then add the other ingredients. And the fat? Well remember avocadoes are fruit so along with the lemon helping, it should break up the oiliness.

  10. Hey, WM! Don’t forget a lil dash of pepper – critical to enhance the bioavailability of the curcumin in turmeric! Just a bit will do!

  11. I love Turmeric, especially in warm milk. I’m 7 weeks pregnant, so is it safe for me to drink it? I’ve read that it has natural anti inflammatory properties. Now I know I can’t have ibuprofen and that’s a anti inflammatory. I know I should speak with my doctor but I was just wondering if you knew anything about it.

    • As far as I know, it is considered fine in culinary amounts while pregnant but not in large amounts. I’d definitely check with a doc.

  12. You can add a little bit of flax oil to the mix so that there is fat which aids tumeric absorption. Flax oil is light and has a pleasant taste that doesn’t interfere much.

  13. I love using turmeric in egg salad and deviled eggs – great summer foods!

  14. To go with the daily mid-meal fruit snack I saute some salt, cayenne, turmeric, black pepper, cumin, etc. and brown nuts and seeds in this mix. Makes a tasty and satisfying snack. I also saute turmeric with pepper or all the other spices above for cooking my morning greens and eggs in.

  15. I throw turmeric root in with our green smoothies. I didn’t know about how heat, pepper and fat were critical to it’s bioavailability! I can easily add pepper and avocado to the smoothie, but heat???

    • You can make turmeric paste ahead and add to smoothies.

  16. Trim Healthy Mama has a similar, but different recipe called, “Singing Canary.” Deliscious!!

  17. Is all tumeric powder created equal? where do y’all purchase?

  18. Does this have any health benefits or is it just for taste? It is my understanding that turmeric is fat soluble so it needs to be in a fat to be effective. Thanks for the help!

    • It is for taste and for its many benefits. There is definitely some debate about that when it comes to turmeric, but my reasoning is that in most cases, we are consuming fat of some kind with meals or within a short enough time that it should be absorbed.

  19. There is a wonderful Indonesian drink called Jamu I discovered last month in Bali. Always has turmeric and citrus in it and usually coconut milk as well. Always served cold too. Was a great accompaniment to the spicy dishes there. Tons of recipes online

  20. This is a great idea! I would have never thought about making a turmeric lemonade! Thank you for the idea!

  21. I love this Katie! My body seems to love turmeric lately, and this was a perfect way to incorporate it into a cooling summer drink. Grateful to you!

  22. I use turmeric and cracked pepper in my scrambled eggs. Tastes great!

  23. Hi Katie, thank you so much for your wonderful site!
    I have only been into turmeric for a few months, but love it! It looks & tastes delicious, & really helps my digestion, it makes me feel great.
    I use it in my breakfast eggs & veggies, & add it to chicken, & vegetable dishes. I didn’t know about the black pepper, but love it & use it in everything anyway, & I guess the small amount of olive oil I use for the low heat cooking will cover the fat requirement….
    I have tasted it in a milky Indian drink in a restaurant & can’t wait to try this recipe xo
    Yes, it does stain if left on a marble bench…. it did come off eventually!

  24. Love all the tips. I am definitely going to start using More turmeric in recipes for my mom who is recovering from gastric cancer surgery. It has been 2 years but she still has digestive problems. I wonder how I can add the pinch of pepper. My mom does not want pepper on anything. She says it hurts her stomach. Any comments will be appreciated.

  25. I just made this and it’s the best thing ever! I do have a question though, I was looking into how much turmeric is safe to take in a day and what I found seemed to say approx 1.5 tsp. I want to make this all the time but I’m worried about consuming too much turmeric. Do you know or have any information on that? Thanks!

  26. How much to use honey instead of stevia drops?

    • I would start with 1/4 tsp and adjust to your preferred taste 🙂

  27. I ran out of lemon juice so I made it today with orange juice, honey and add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. I thought it was good and was wondering could I use cinnamon as a sweeter or would that be strange with the lemon juice? I might have to make it with OR more often thou, I liked it.

    Thanks!

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