Hungarian Lemonade

It’s 27 C degrees in London, time to start thinking about strawberries, lemonade and ice-cream!


Two weeks ago I went to Budapest to attend a wedding. I found the country and the  people to be lovely, and I had a great time at the wedding, but what I loved the most was the food: strudel filled with ricotta and raisins, poppy-seed cakes with a filling of roasted apples…oh! the FOOD! If you go to Hungary my recommendation is that you eat.  Try as many things as you can.

Try Kürtőskalács with cinnamon and sugar or with almonds…


Anyway, as I was saying, the food was great, and from the many things I ate and drank, this lemonade was my favourite.

I think because I thought there wasn’t much more you could do to improve lemonade, after all, it is lemons and water… or so I thought.

I think when life gave Hungarians lemons, they just laughed  and proceeded to show Life that lemons, yes, lemons, could be turned into something amazing, with a little bit of skill. I’m sure life regrets deeply not having kept those lemons to make the lemonade herself.

There isn’t  an official recipe, the one in this post is the one I got from a nice waitress at one of the many restaurants I visited, but I’m sure different families have different recipes, so feel free to adjust the ingredients to your taste.


So if you are already making plans in your head for the weekend, maybe thinking about  a picnic or spending some time in the garden, why not prepare this lemonade as a refreshing drink to take along?  It’s quite simple and super tasty!


Ingredients for 1 litre:

1 litre of soda water

2  lemons

1 lime

A quarter cucumber

1 orange

Mint leaves

Sugar (depending on how sweet you like yours, between 1/2 tablespoon and 3) or you can use a bit of honey, if like me you don’t use sugar.

Note: I didn’t have orange so I used grapefruit, the result was equally delicious. I only comment this because you’ll see grapefruit on the photos and it might be confusing 🙂

1.- Cut the lemon, lime and orange into wedges. Reserve 4 of each and place the rest on a jar. Add the sugar or honey.

2.- Use a muddler to crush the fruit and sugar together. Try to extract as much juice as possible.



3.- Remove the muddled fruit and discard.

4.- Cut the cucumber into wedges, add to the jar together with the mint and the fruit wedges you reserved. Then top with the soda water.

5.- Place in the fridge for an hour before drinking, so that the cucumber and mint leaves have time to infuse the liquid. Serve with ice cubes and enjoy outside, with a good book or a barbecue… Delicious and refreshing!!


For an alkaline version of this lemonade, use water instead of soda water, avoid using honey or sugar and replace the orange with grapefruit, that’s all 🙂

You can even give this drink a bit of ho’oponoppono by preparing it with Blue Solar Water!

Have a great day!



8 thoughts on “Hungarian Lemonade

  1. hi! Thank you for this recipe, I lived in Budapest for some time and loved the diferentes recipes they have of lemonade – like you said, we usually think a lemonade is something simple and nothing out of extraordinary but damn they know how to make it great – your recipe is a quite traditional one and I can just fell myself back at a sunny day in Margitsziget or in one of the restaurants terrace

    1. Hi Amanda!
      Thanks for your kind comment! 🙂 I had this lemonade at a wedding in Budapest, and I thought it was the best lemonade I’ve had. I probably drank a million glasses 🙂
      If you have another recipe for lemonade, please feel free to share it. I would love to try another recipe.

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