Hot Ginger Lemonade

This is my new favorite way to start the day!  In Vermont winter is dragging on and the brightness of the lemon and the sweetness of the honey and stevia have been doing the trick for coaxing me out of my warm and cozy covers and into a new day.

Feel free to experiment with different ratios of the  ingredients until you find your perfect blend.

I love using just  stevia or the blend of a little honey with stevia because it gives a nice full-bodied sweetness without dramatically spiking your blood sugar, which has been shown to cause fat storage and weight gain. Liquid stevia is  derived from the leaf of a plant found in South America, where the natives have used it for hundreds of years. It’s gained a lot of popularity in the past few years in the natural foods world because it lends its sweetness to foods and drinks without adding a single calorie. Pretty sweet, huh?

If you do not have liquid stevia you can just use a small amount of honey. I  do not recommend using artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Equal or Sweet ‘n Low because they are so far removed from nature and they’ve also been shown in recent studies to trigger the body to store fat and crave carbs – not such a sweet deal.

Not only is Hot Ginger Lemonade delicious, it’s got some wonderful properties too. This recipe was inspired by a drink my teacher used to give us at our yoga teacher trainings in Hawaii to rehydrate after our practice of 108 sun salutations. The blend of filtered water, honey, lemon and rock salt is deeply hydrating and rejuvenating. The lemon water  also helps break up toxins in the body and  the fresh ginger root  revs up your digestion, which is a natural way to flush things out and prime your body for the start of a new day.


2 cups hot water

wedge of lemon

teaspoon or more chopped ginger root

1 teaspoon honey

3 drops liquid stevia (more or less  to taste)

Optional: pinch of rock salt



Place all ingredients in a mug and stir.  Adjust ingredients ratios to suit your taste.

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Hot Ginger Lemonade
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups hot water
  • wedge of lemon
  • teaspoon or more chopped ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 drops liquid stevia (more or less to taste)
  • Optional: pinch of rock salt
  1. Place all ingredients in a mug, and stir. Adjust ingredients ratios to suit your taste.


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    • Hey Becky! So glad you liked it – I hope you give it a try. The song is called “Glorious” by MaMuse. I love them. xo Krissy

    • Aw thanks lady! I’ve been thinking about you – hope you are getting outside and making snow angels today 🙂 lots of love, xoxo.

  • Hi Krissy, This recipe looks good. I’m going to give it a try when we get home. Warm water with fresh lemon first thing in the morning was a weightwatchers suggestion years ago! Love, Kathy

  • Awesome Kathy! I hope you enjoy it! I love that this is recommended in Weight Watchers (I’ve been around the block with Weight Watchers myself and never saw this, wish I had!). In addition to having “zero points,” the warmth of the water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract and peristalsis (the waves of contractions in the intestinal walls that keep things “moving”). Keeping regular slims your tummy and helps with digestion so you look AND feel better. Warm water with lemon dates back hundreds of years, and in ancient ayurveda it was used because of it’s ability to loosen “ama” or toxins in the body. Having less toxins in the body also makes our skin clearer, our eyes bright and reduces the tendency to hold on to extra weight. It’s a win-win in all directions! Thanks for sharing. Xoxo Krissy

  • Love it! The only thing that would make this recipe better is if I was drinking it right beside you 😉