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Drink Recipe: Honey Lemonade

MN State Fair Inspired Honey Lemonade by Somewhere Splendid

The first time I went to the Minnesota State Fair, it was an eye opening event to say the least. Growing up in Queens, New York, and then on Long Island, the closest thing I’d ever experienced to it was the Nassau County Fair, which was a small parking lot with fold up rides, a corn dog stand, and a couple of chickens inexplicably hanging out in a hay laden stall. It was quite pathetic, really. But the State Fair? It’s life- (and waist-) changing. No, really.

The Fair is 320 acres (!!!) of prize winning animals, rides, and most importantly: Fair Food. Over the next few days, I’m going to be sharing recipes inspired by the State Fair (some more literal than others) as we count down to the Fair opening on August 23. Expect to see some food on a stick, since that’s what the Minnesota State Fair is known for!

Homemade lemonade is a staple of the Minnesota State Fair, and it’s something I look forward to every year. In the scorching summer heat – Minnesota is a state of weather extremes! – it’s so refreshing. Lately, a few stands have been offering lemonade sweetened with local honey. Since I was pregnant during the Fair last year, I wasn’t able to partake (boo!), but I can’t wait to try it this year. In the meantime, I developed an awesome recipe to hold me over!

MN State Fair Inspired Honey Lemonade by Somewhere Splendid


  • ½ cup honey
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar


In a heatproof bowl, combine the hot water, honey, and sugar. Stir until the honey and sugar have dissolved. Set the sugar and honey mixture aside to cool slightly, then add the lemon juice and stir to distribute. Refrigerate and serve.

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  1. Looks so delicious and refreshing!


    alison     Tuesday, August 21, 2012
  2. Wow. this looks so delicious! I can’t wait to try.

    Sara - Confetti Suns     Tuesday, August 21, 2012
  3. Yum! Where did you get that glass!?

    Joanna     Wednesday, August 22, 2012
  4. Hey Joanna, the glass is a vintage milk bottle I picked up as a prop from a local antique store a while back. Sorry, that doesn’t help you much! But lots of similar milk bottles are available at online party stores these days.

    Maddy     Thursday, August 23, 2012
  5. Thanks, Maddy! I just really liked that particular one, and was hoping it possibly wasn’t an antique…oh well, maybe I’ll come across some in my treasure hunts! Thanks!

    Joanna     Saturday, August 25, 2012
  6. This is one of my all time favorite drinks…all year round :) and its good for you

    how2home     Wednesday, September 12, 2012