Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on June 1, 2008

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Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe

Some things are hard to swallow. Like bitter pills, over-cooked meat and one’s pride. I bring this up because until recently I thought I made the world’s best lemonade.

Mind you it was nothing fancy. Just pure water, fresh lemons, sugar and ice. No additions like pureed fruit or grenadine. In fact, I am somewhat of a purist when it comes to lemonade. I have always believed that the sweet tart elixir stood on its own. I was kind of a lemonade snob, if you will.

That was until a few days ago when I tasted a friend’s lemony, cucumber, dill concoction! Ahhh, so refreshing. I have found my new summer drink. This Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe is like a trip to the spa. Somehow I feel virtuous drinking it. In my mind, the cucumber cancels out the sugar.

Although I tweaked my friend’s recipe a bit I cannot, alas, take the credit for this great summer drink.

So while my pride may be hard to swallow, this lemonade is certainly not!

Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe


1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 5 or 6 lemons)
1 seedless cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 sprigs of fresh dill, roughly chopped
¾ – 1 cup sugar
1 cup crushed ice
4 cups water
Optional garnishes – lemon slices, dill sprigs, cucumber spears


Put lemon juice, cucumber, dill, sugar (start with ¾ cup – you can add more later if you want it sweeter), ice and about 1 cup of water in a blender. Blend for about a minute. Pour into a pitcher and mix with the rest of the water. Taste and add more sugar if desired. If I add more sugar, I pour some of the lemonade back into the blender and add the sugar to that, whirl for a few seconds and then stir it into the rest of the mixture.

Pour over ice, garnish with any, all or none of the optional garnishes and enjoy!


This Gluten Free Garden Party Lemonade Recipe makes 6 cups of gluten free lemonade, enough for 8 -12 glasses.

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glamah16 June 1, 2008 at 4:21 pm

I would probally like this. Like a Pimms Cup has cucumber in ti and oddly it tastes good. Most unusual.I bet its a thirst quencher.

White On Rice Couple June 1, 2008 at 5:24 pm

It takes a real man, woman in this case, to swallow their pride and admit defeat. This dill infused beverage does look like a winner, but from the purist perspective, I still choose your straight up lemonade as the best!

Precious Pea June 1, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Looks really refreshing. Perfect drink for those living in tropical places like me. I will give this a try.

Nick June 1, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Lemon aide snob? You must be one if you spell it “lemon aide” =)! I’m sure yours is just as good. Although I recently found cucumbers to be a very interesting drink addition. I had a cucumber martini a little while ago with a high quality soju that was incredible and was recently served cucumber water at a restaurant. I was mighty impressed!

Peter G June 2, 2008 at 12:39 am

What a refreshing alternative Carol. And dill too? Sounds perfect for the warmer months.

Emiline June 2, 2008 at 2:27 am

Yum! It sounds delicious. It’s really different. I think all foodies would love this.

I tried making lemonade last summer, and it was AWFUL. So sour it burned my throat.

Jescel June 2, 2008 at 8:24 am

wow, this sounds so refreshing. i will try this next time..

chou June 2, 2008 at 9:21 am

Dill, hmmm. It sounds yummy. And different. I like lemonade with thyme in it . . . but I can’t wait to try this.

dd03 June 2, 2008 at 11:34 pm

ok…that sounds downright delicious!

will give it a try some time!

Travis Ingersoll June 3, 2008 at 6:34 pm

I would have never thought of mixing dill and cucumber into lemon aide, but it sounds delicious! Looking forward to trying this one out:)

Sheltie Girl June 3, 2008 at 7:40 pm

This sounds absolutely delicious. I have to admit to having a deep love for dill. I put it in all my tossed salads. I’ll have to give this a try, since it will give me another way to get my daily dose of dill.

Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

Cynthia June 4, 2008 at 9:28 pm

For a lemon aide snob to crown this new concoction, it must be something special. Will definitely give it a try.

Tiffany June 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

That sounds so refreshing! Great for an outdoor party. I looove lemonaide, and I have always considered myself a snob in that way as well ;)

My Sweet & Saucy June 11, 2008 at 8:56 pm

Thanks so much for checking out my blog! This Garden Party Lemon Aide looks delicious! Perfect for a party!

Steph September 27, 2008 at 7:27 pm

this was amazing! i was a bit skeptical at first, but i loved it! so refreshing! i halved the recipe, and drank it all!

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