The perfect drink for a hot summer day, today’s recipe takes a basic Amazake drink and turns it into a homemade Japanese ‘lemonade’. This amazake lemonade recipe is a delicious and healthy Japanese fermented beauty drink made from rice and rice mold! It’s a great refreshing afternoon drink with fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of raw honey.
This is a recipe for a Japanese drink called Amazake, which is a Japanese fermented beauty drink. It is naturally sweet, delicious, and healthy!
Plus, you can add various ingredients to it to make different flavours, like this Amazake lemonade!
For today’s recipe, I am adding fresh lemon juice to it to give it a yummy citrus flavour. It is so refreshing on a hot day but can also be served warm and drunk on a cold day!
Why You Will Love This Amazake Recipe
You are going to love this drink because not only does it taste crisp and refreshing, but it’s super good for you too!
This drink has:
- Vitamin B1, B2, B6
- Folic acid
- Dietary fibre
- Glucose (which provide various healthy benefits, such as activating skin cell turnover to reduce the signs of ageing)
This lemonade variation also has added lemon which makes it even healthier because it has vitamin C and other nutrients, which have a lot of health benefits like strengthening your immune system and treatment for indigestion and fever.
Ingredients Needed To Make Japanese Lemonade
There are just three simple ingredients in this drink. Basically, you just add some lemon juice and honey to your favorite amazake drink recipe. That’s it!
If you don’t know how to make basic amazake, try this recipe. It’s a tried and true one that works every time for me.
How To Make Amazake With Lemons and Honey
This is one of the easiest drinks you will ever make! First, follow these instructions to make a simple amazake drink.
Then, pour it into your favorite glass. Add just a little bit of lemon juice and just enough honey to sweeten it. That’s all – you are ready to enjoy this refreshing drink.
What To Serve With Amazake
Since this is a very sweet drink with a slightly tart flavour, I like to enjoy it with something salty or savoury.
You can never go wrong with Japanese teriyaki chicken. It’s a no-fail recipe that goes with anything.
Of course, yakisoba (Japanese stir-fried noodles) also tastes perfect with the sweet drink. In fact, the honey and lemon enhance the umami flavours in the noodles.
Here are some more recipes you can serve with it too:
Before I get to the recipe in the printable recipe card, here are some questions people often ask about how to make this drink.
Can you use brown rice instead of white rice?
This Amazake lemonade is made from white rice but you could use brown rice instead to make it even healthier, but you will need to add more water to the recipe. This drink is a perfect healthy snack and tastes so delicious!
Why is it called a beauty drink?
Amazake is called a beauty drink because it is so good for you that it supports your body’s beauty from the inside out.
How long does Amazake last in the refrigerator?
Drink this up and keep making fresh batches. Amazake lemonade only lasts about a week in your refrigerator.
I hope you enjoy the recipe and stay tuned for more Amazake drink flavours!
If you enjoyed this amazake lemonade recipe, here are some more Japanese drink recipes you might want to try next. They are some of my favorites:
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- 400 ml Amazake
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tsp honey optional
- Follow the instructions for making amazake (by clicking the link).
- Pour Amazake in a cup or glass.
- Add lemon juice and honey and stir.