Refreshing Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Summer calls for long days at the beach, picnics, and of course, lemonade! As an island girl, I love my lemonade ice-cold and very sweet. Here’s a lemonade recipe you’ll be sure to love!

By: Kesia of Island Kynks

Because it’s hot and humid in the Caribbean and many islanders do not have central A/C, a glass of lemonade is an island favorite after a long day of work.


The recipe to make a Caribbean Island lemonade is simple — you only need a few ingredients: lemons, brown sugar, vanilla, purified water, and honey (if you’re not on a vegan diet). The reason we use sugar is on the island is we love, love, love sweet drinks. For all who do not want to use sugar or honey, try agave sweetener instead.

The vanilla adds a unique flavor to the drink, plus, it’s great for your heart and has many antioxidant properties. Here on the Island, if your heart starts to beat really fast, you will most likely be given vanilla and water to ease the strain on your heart. Vanilla is used to calm you down and ease the tension until you are seen by a doctor.

The Caribbean Island Lemonade is a perfect thirst quencher and creative alternative to a classic lemonade drink.

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Caribbean Island Lemonade Recipe


  • 9 lemons For a milder taste, use yellow lemons. For a stronger citrus taste, use green lemons.
  • 2 ladels brown sugar Or to taste.
  • 3 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 40 oz. purified water


  • In a large bowl, mix the brown sugar, vanilla, and honey. Set aside.

  • Wash 8 lemons, cut in half, and squeeze each one in a cup with a strainer to avoid seeds in your drink. You can also use a citrus juicer if you have one. 

  • Pour the lemon juice in a glass pitcher. (Read more about why you should use a glass pitcher instead of a plastic one in this article: 5 Ways to Ditch Plastic This Summer.)
  • Refrigerate your lemonade for an hour or serve immediately in drinking glasses with ice. With the remaining lemon, wash it then slice into five pieces. Once sliced, place on top of your glasses for the perfect Caribbean garnish.

For another refreshing drink that is good for your health, grab the recipe for our Skin Detoxing Aloe Vera Kale Smoothie.

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