Fermented Lemonade (Recipe plus Video How-to)

by Sarah Pope MGA Affiliate linksFermented Beverages, Fermented Beverages, VideosComments: 122

fermented lemonade
For those of you who are wanting to take the leap and start adding a daily probiotic element to your whole foods diet, this recipe for fermented lemonade, also called Hindu lemonade, is one of the easiest to get started with.

This fermented lemonade recipe is delicious and will please both child and adult alike.

It is also the healthy answer to those sugar laden, juice boxes that most kids have packed in their school lunches everyday.   A 100% juice box is still just sugar in the final analysis.  Once you pasteurize fresh juice, the nutrition is long gone and all that remains is obesity promoting fructose and a sugar spike/crash for the child.  Not the best choice for a school lunch by any means!

How to Make Fermented Lemonade (Hindu lemonade)

Packing this homemade fermented lemonade, on the other hand, is a nice treat that will both delight and nourish/strengthen your child’s immune system.   Fresh whole milk is always the best choice for a school lunch (I pack a thermos of cold, fresh milk most days), but when you have run out temporarily or just want to pack a juice treat, this is a great choice.

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Fermented Lemonade Recipe

Easy recipe for fermented lemonade that will no doubt be one of your family's favorites as it is rich in flavor and probiotics.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Author Sarah Pope MGA



  1. Mix all ingredients together in a 1 gallon glass jug. 

  2. Cover and leave on the counter for 2 days and then transfer to the refrigerator. 

  3. The lemonade flavor improves over time, but is drinkable immediately after the 2 day fermentation period.

  4. If it is too tart compared with the overly sweet lemonades from the store, mix 1 or 2 drops plain liquid stevia to each glass until your family adjusts to the mildly sweet/sour flavor.

Recipe Notes

Limes or a combination of lemons and limes may be substituted for the lemons. The juice must be freshly squeezed.

Fermented Lemonade Video How-to

The video below demonstrates how to make the recipe in your home. It is super easy and only takes a few minutes. Your family will love this healthy beverage rich in probiotics!

Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist


Sources and More Information 

Nourishing Traditions

Switchel: Nature’s Healthy Gatorade

How to Make Orangina (Fermented Orange Juice)

How to Make Ginger Ale

Brew Your Own Healthy and Traditional Root Beer

Photography Credit

Sarah Pope has been a Health and Nutrition Educator since 2002. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Sarah was awarded Activist of the Year at the International Wise Traditions Conference in 2010.

Sarah earned a Bachelor of Arts (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) in Economics from Furman University and a Master’s degree in Government (Financial Management) from the University of Pennsylvania.

Mother to three healthy children, blogger, and best-selling author, she writes about the practical application of Traditional Diet and evidence-based wellness within the modern household. Her work has been featured by USA Today, The New York Times, National Review, ABC, NBC, and many others.

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