Grilled Lemonade Recipe

Photograph: Joshua Bousel

Grilled lemonade. Yeah, that's a thing, and it's incredible.

Adapted from Kingsford.

Recipe Facts

Active: 30 mins
Total: 30 mins
Serves: 6 to 7 servings

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  • 16 lemons, halved

  • 1 cup sugar, plus more add needed

  • 5 cups water, divided

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 2 sprigs rosemary

  • Ice


  1. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place sugar in a medium-sized disposable aluminum pan. Dip each of the lemons, cut side down, into sugar. Place lemons on grill, cut side down, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from grill.

  2. Add 2 cups of water, honey, and rosemary to pan with sugar. Place pan on grill and whisk until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from grill and discard rosemary sprigs.

  3. Squeeze lemons into a large large bowl. Pour in honey and sugar syrup and 3 additional cups of cold water and stir to combine. Add additional water or sugar to taste. Transfer to large pitcher, pouring through a fine mesh strainer for a smoother lemonade, if desired. Add in ice to cool, then serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
242 Calories
1g Fat
67g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 7
Amount per serving
Calories 242
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 67g 24%
Dietary Fiber 6g 20%
Total Sugars 53g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 105mg 524%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 288mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)