Ginger Mint Lemonade is a delicious way to cool off in the summer heat.  The infusion of ginger, mint and cranberry juice makes this lemonade extra quenching.

2 tall glasses of ginger mint lemonade on a silver tray

There’s a reason why we drink lemonade on hot days, it is very refreshing and this lemonade is also good for you. In addition to being sugar-free, you get Vitamin C from the fresh lemons and cranberry juice, ginger is great for digestion and the mint has antioxidants.

This has been a long-time favorite summer drink of mine that I first posted in 2014. This is the same delicious recipe with updates pictures and a step-by-step video.

Pouring the ginger mint lemonade into a tall glass

Speaking of the cranberry juice, to keep it sugar free, look for the cranberry juice that is fruit juice sweetened and does not have sugar. A fun, visual aspect to the cranberry addition is that it turns it into pink lemonade.

A very kid-friendly drink, I have included an option to make this lemonade grown-up. Just add vodka, gin or light rum. Be warned, it goes down very easily and you wouldn’t even know it’s spiked.

A top view into the glass of the lemonade showing a slice of lemon and fresh mint


I use honey in this drink over sugar for two reasons. Honey is better for you and it also dissolves better than white sugar.

The lemonade starts heating the lemon juice in a pan with the mint and ginger. It may seem strange, but this is a necessary step to infuse the flavor of the mint and ginger, it’s just like making tea.

More refreshing summer drinks

Basil ginger lime tea, Earl Grey Lemonade

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Yield: 6

Ginger Mint Lemonade

Ginger mint lemonade in a glass garnished with lemon and fresh mint

Fresh lemon juice is infused with ginger and mint, sweetened with honey and finished with cranberry juice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 4 ½ cups (1 liter) water
  • 1 ½ cups (354 ml) fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup (170 grams) honey, or 3/4 cup (150 grams) sugar (or to taste)
  • 2-inch (5cm) piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into slices
  • 1 fist full fresh mint leaves
  • ⅓ cup (78 ml) cranberry juice, chilled
  • 1 cup (236 ml) vodka, optional
  • Lemon slices


  1. To a large saucepan add the water, lemon juice, honey, ginger slices and mint and stir. Bring to a simmer, remove from the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Transfer to a pitcher and mix in the cranberry juice Refrigerate until cool.
  3. To serve pour over ice.
  4. Add 3 ounces of vodka (optional), Garnish with lemon slices.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 107Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 0gSugar 26gProtein 0g

This nutrition calculation is provided by Nutronix that is only a guideline and not intended for any particular diet.