Spiced Hot Lemonade

Spiced Hot Lemonade

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total: 20 min
  • Serving: 5
Another excellent recipe from Sunkist, this spicy hot lemonade is a perfect winter drink.


  • 5 whole star anise
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 strips (about 3 inches each) lemon peel
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 lemon, cut in cartwheel slices for garnish


  1. In a small non-stick skillet, toast star anise over medium heat, shaking pan to prevent scorching, for 2 to 3 minutes until fragrant and slightly darkened.
  2. In a large saucepan over high heat, bring 1 cup water, sugar, lemon peel and star anise to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat and briskly simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add 3 cups additional water and lemon juice and cook until heated.
  5. Remove and discard lemon peel.
  6. Serve in mugs garnished with 1 or 2 lemon slices and a star anise.


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