Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

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Turmeric is a wonderful spice with so many benefits. I love using it in cooking and in natural beauty recipes, but another way to get your daily dose is in a refreshing glass of lemonade! We keep this turmeric lemonade recipe on hand as a festive drink for summer barbecues, park picnics, and friends just stopping by.

Easy Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

We mostly know turmeric as a cornerstone of Indian cuisine and curry powders, mustards, and more. Unfortunately, many of the foods I love adding turmeric in, like soups, stews, and this turmeric tea recipe, don’t sound as good in hot summer weather.

This turmeric lemonade recipe is the ideal solution and now is a family favorite. I’ve been making it often for the kids so they can rehydrate while they are playing outside. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes great!

The turmeric provides gorgeous color, but its earthy taste 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.

Benefits of Turmeric

So why is turmeric so great?

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. It also turmeric supports digestion and liver function and is high in beneficial antioxidants as well.

You’ll also find turmeric in many of my beauty recipes and natural health remedies thanks to its external benefits. Turmeric can improve skin, whiten teeth, and even soothe rashes when added to a poultice. For a full list of turmeric benefits and uses, see this post.

Here’s how to make this superfood lemonade:

how to make fresh lemonade with turmeric

Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Refreshing iced turmeric lemonade combines earthy and bright turmeric with fresh lemon and natural sweetness for a delicious summer drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Calories 9kcal
Author Katie Wells


4 cups



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


Nutrition Facts
Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 9 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Sodium 6mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.7g1%
Protein 0.3g1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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).
Caution: Turmeric does stain surfaces.

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Other Healthy and Delicious Summer Drinks

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About Katie Wells

Katie Wells, CTNC, MCHC, Founder of Wellness Mama and Co-founder of Wellnesse, has a background in research, journalism, and nutrition. As a mom of six, she turned to research and took health into her own hands to find answers to her health problems. WellnessMama.com is the culmination of her thousands of hours of research and all posts are medically reviewed and verified by the Wellness Mama research team. Katie is also the author of the bestselling books The Wellness Mama Cookbook and The Wellness Mama 5-Step Lifestyle Detox.


41 responses to “Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe”

  1. Laura Avatar

    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

  2. StephS Avatar

    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!

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  3. Carolina Avatar

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

  4. Sue Avatar

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

  5. Ramona Avatar

    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???

  6. Sarah Avatar

    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.

  7. Ardath Albizo Avatar
    Ardath Albizo

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

  8. Maria Avatar

    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.

  9. Kristin Almajed Avatar
    Kristin Almajed

    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.

    1. Wellness Mama Avatar

      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.

  10. Eileen Avatar

    4 stars
    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. Christa Avatar

    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!

    1. Dee Avatar

      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.

  12. Dee Avatar

    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.

  13. Shanon Avatar

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

  14. Linda Avatar

    5 stars
    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.

    1. Rosie Avatar

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

  15. Christy Avatar

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

    1. Carol Avatar

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

  16. Donna Avatar

    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.

  17. Teresa Avatar

    5 stars
    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 : )

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