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Haitian Twist on a Summer Classic: Fresh Lemonade with Vanilla Extract

We all know the magic of classic lemonade – that perfect balance of tart and sweet that quenches a hot summer day thirst. But what if we told you there was a way to elevate this timeless drink? Introducing the Haitian-inspired twist of vanilla extract! This simple addition creates a whole new dimension of flavor, making this lemonade perfect for any season.

Why Vanilla Extract?

Vanilla extract adds a subtle sweetness and complexity to the lemonade, making it even more enjoyable. It’s a perfect way to change up your lemonade routine and impress your guests.

Haitian Twist on a Summer Classic: Fresh Lemonade with Vanilla Extract

Easy to Make

The best part about this recipe is that it’s incredibly easy to make. In just 10 minutes, you can have a pitcher of delicious homemade lemonade ready to enjoy.

The Ingredients

Fresh lemons or limes (whichever you prefer): This recipe gives you the option to use either lemons or limes, depending on your desired level of tartness. Lemons offer a classic citrus flavor, while limes provide a slightly more tangy punch.

Water: The base of any lemonade, water hydrates and helps carry the sweet and tart flavors.

Sugar (or honey, brown sugar, or rapadou): This adds sweetness to balance the tartness of the citrus juice. The recipe offers a variety of options to suit your taste:

  • Sugar: The most common choice, white sugar dissolves easily and provides a clean sweetness.
  • Honey: A natural sweetener that adds a subtle floral flavor and may offer health benefits for some.
  • Brown sugar: Lends a deeper, richer sweetness with a hint of molasses.
  • Rapadou: Unrefined cane sugar with a complex caramel taste, popular in Haitian cuisine.

Vanilla extract: The star of this recipe, vanilla extract adds a subtle sweetness and a touch of complexity. It complements the citrus flavors beautifully, creating a unique and refreshing twist.

Lemonade with Rapadou
Lemonade with Rapadou


  1. Juice the lemons or limes.
  2. In a pitcher, combine the juice with water and sugar (or your chosen sweetener) to taste.
  3. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  4. Serve chilled over ice.

Tips to Make Lemonade with a Haitian Twist

  • For a stronger vanilla flavor, add more extract to taste.
  • You can also garnish your lemonade with slices of lemon or lime, or even a vanilla bean.
  • This recipe is easily doubled or tripled to serve a crowd.

What are the Health Benefits of Lemons

Lemons are tart little fruits packed with a surprising amount of goodness! Here are some of their key health benefits:

  • Vitamin C Powerhouse: Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C, essential for a healthy immune system and promoting collagen production for healthy skin.
  • May Aid Heart Health: The vitamin C and other antioxidants in lemons may help reduce risk factors for heart disease.
  • Supportive for Digestion: Lemons can stimulate bile production, which aids digestion and nutrient absorption.
  • Potential Kidney Stone Prevention: Citric acid in lemons may help prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  • Hydration Hero: Drinking lemon water can be a refreshing way to stay hydrated, especially when you find plain water a bit dull.

It’s important to note that while lemons offer these benefits, they are most effective as part of a healthy overall diet. Moderation is key, as too much lemon juice can irritate your stomach or erode tooth enamel.

Fresh Vanilla Lemonade
Fresh Vanilla Lemonade


This Haitian twist on lemonade is a delicious and refreshing way to beat the summer heat. With its simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, this recipe is perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a homemade beverage. So next time you’re looking for a cool drink, give this vanilla extract lemonade a try!

I hope you enjoyed this blog post about Haitian Twist on a Summer Classic: Fresh Lemonade with Vanilla Extract. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

Fresh Vanilla Lemonade

Fresh Lemonade with Vanilla

Fresh lemonade with vanilla extract, a delicious and refreshing all-year-round drink.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 11 kcal



  • 2 limes freshly squeezed – or Lemon
  • 1 splash vanilla extract
  • 2 cups water
  • sugar


  • Mix all ingredients. Either add a few ice cubes or store in refrigerator for later use.
  • Serve cold.


Best to use fresh lemons or limes


Serving: 2gramsCalories: 11kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword beverage, lemonade
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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published on June 4, 2013. Revised and updated.

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