Hot Buttered Lemonade

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


4 servings (about 1 cup each)

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
Since my husband had fond childhood memories of this winter warmer-upper, I simmered up a batch. It's delicious, simple to prepare for drop-in guests and sets a soothing holiday mood.


  • 3 cups water
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (4 inches), optional


  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, cook and stir the water, lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest until sugar is dissolved. Pour into mugs; dot each with butter. Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.

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