Boost your immune system, detox, and burn fat with my whole lemon drink!

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Whole Lemon Drink

Whole Lemon Drink

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Refresh with this whole lemon drink, bursting with zesty flavor and health benefits. Perfect for detoxing, boosting immunity, and fat loss!

  • Total Time: 6 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


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  • 1 whole lemon (peeled and seeds removed)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger root
  • 23 soft dates
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil


  • Peel the lemon and remove the seeds.
  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend for 2-3 minutes, or until smooth.
  • Pour the drink into a cup and drink immediately!


*Scroll past the recipe to find recipe tips and the benefits of this drink!

  • Author: Ella Waterworth
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Low Calorie


  • Serving Size: 1 drink
  • Calories: 209
  • Sugar: 34.9g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 46.4g
  • Fiber: 6.5g
  • Protein: 3g

The Benefits of Drinking This Whole Lemon Drink

lemon drink served in a small glass cup surrounded by greens sliced lemons

  • Energizing: The natural sugars in honey and dates provide a quick energy boost, making it a great way to start the day or recharge in the afternoon.
  • Flavorful: With ingredients like fresh lemon, ginger, and cinnamon, this drink is packed with vibrant and refreshing flavors, offering a delicious alternative to plain water or commercial beverages.
  • Hydrating: The base of warm water helps to keep you hydrated, while the flavorful additions make it more enjoyable to drink.
  • Fat Burning: This drink boosts the metabolism, making it ideal for those who are looking at losing a bit of weight.
  • Detoxing: The cocktail of ingredients each contribute to their own detoxifying properties. This drink is as cleansing as it is delicious! 
  • Immune Boosting: The drink contains high level of vitamin C and other properties which help boost the immune system.

If you try this lemon detox drink and enjoy it, I recommend that you also try my green tea detox drink and my homemade colon cleanse drink.

Recipe Variations

Lemon Drink being poured into a small glass cup from a blender jug

I have been making this drink for several years now, and have experimented numerous times.

Below I will leave some variations of this lemon drink that you could try:

No Blending:

  • Juice the lemon, and finely dice the ginger.
  • You won’t be able to use any dates.
  • Simply stir all the ingredients together and enjoy!

Use The Skin:

  • Instead of peeling the lemon, keep the skin on, but slice in in half and remove any seeds you can see.
  • If using the skin-on method, I highly recommend that you use organic lemons and wash them thoroughly. 

Vegan Variation:

  • Swap the honey for agave or maple syrup.

When To Drink This Whole Lemon Smoothie

There is no perfect time to drink this. I personally love to drink it in the morning, but this is a personal preference.

But, your options are:

  • First Thing in the Morning: Drinking this lemon-infused beverage on an empty stomach can help to wake up the digestive system and hydrate the body after a night’s rest.
  • Before Meals: Consuming it before meals may aid in digestion, boost metabolism, and help manage hunger.
  • Post-Workout: After exercise, this drink can help replenish lost fluids and provide a quick energy boost from the natural sugars in honey and dates.
  • During an Afternoon Slump: Instead of reaching for caffeine or a snack, this drink can serve as a refreshing pick-me-up to revitalize your energy levels in the afternoon.

Ella Waterworth
Ella Waterworth

Founder & Recipe Developer at Smoothies N Cookies

Ella Waterworth is the founder of Smoothies N Cookies and she is a professional smoothie recipe creator. She gained extensive knowledge of creating smoothies by working for Smoothie King for several years.

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