Smoked Lemonade

Smoked Lemonade
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Smoked lemonade with honey and bourbon complements just about anything you can make on the grill. Made with real lemons, you’ve simply got to enjoy this lemonade on any warm spring or summer day. Omit the bourbon for a non-alcoholic version of this drink. This recipe is written for a charcoal grill; if you have a gas grill, either add wood chips to an attached smoker box or wrap the chips loosely in an aluminum foil packet and cut several holes in it. Lay the foil packet on a gas burner before grilling the lemons.


  • 7 lbs. lemons (about 20 lemons)
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 4 sprigs lemon thyme
  • ½ cup honey or agave nectar
  • 1 cup good quality bourbon
  • Ice
  • 1 bunch mint leaves
  • 1 large aluminum roasting pan
  • ½ cup hardwood chips, such as cedar or applewood


  1. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Cut the lemons in half and dip the cut sides in sugar. Mix the water, sugar, lemon thyme and honey or agave nectar and pour the mixture in an aluminum roasting pan.
  2. Sprinkle about ½ cup of dry wood chips on the charcoal briquettes and close the cover.
  3. Place the lemons cut-side down on one side of the grill and the honey mixture on the other side when the wood chips smoke. Close the lid.
  4. Grill the lemons until charred, about 7 minutes. Take the lemons off the grill and set them aside. With the lid closed, continue smoking the syrup until it reduces in volume by ⅓-½, 12-15 minutes total.
  5. Squeeze the lemons through a mesh sieve and into the serving pitcher. Stir in the syrup and add water to taste. Use 3-4 cups of water to dilute the lemonade.
  6. Stir in the bourbon and add ice. Garnish with fresh mint leaves. Refrigerate any leftovers.
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