Plum lemonade. No, wait, it is a Smoked plum lemonade, the smokiness being lent by the grilled lemons. The flavors were just jaw dropping-ly awesome! A fruity summer cooler that required only 10 minutes to put together is a blessing, guys.

Smoked Plum Lemonade

I had not tasted a plum until the recent past. Peaches, plums and berries were a rare sight in India back then. One never missed them either considering the abundance of other varieties of fruits, nevertheless. So, I always assumed that plum was some kind of a small thing-y like a cherry. 😛 Hold your guns, guys. Don’t jump to conclusions about my IQ levels. Remember this nursery rhyme?

“Little Jack Horner

Sat in the corner,

Eating a Christmas pie;

He put in his thumb,

And pulled out a plum,

And said ‘What a good boy am I”

Smoked Plum Lemonade

Now, tell me, how can a little boy (whose picture in the rhyme book shows he is no older than a toddler) stick his hand into a pie and pull out a whole plum?!!! Is it not fair to assume that a plum must have been small like the size of a cherry?  😀

Anyways, when I finally tasted a plum, I did not take an instant liking to it, I confess. However, over the past couple of years, I happened to taste some juicy ripe plums. Now, summers never go by without plums at home.

Plum summer cooler

Store-bought lemonade gets pretty boring; overtly sweet, and the same flavors. But, citrus drinks and fruits are the best way to keep oneself hydrated in summer. I decided to throw some plums into the mix to create this beautiful plum lemonade.

summer Fruit juice

Also, the plum lemonade gets a subtle smoked flavor by grilling the lemons before adding them into the drink which gives a very barbeque-y feeling to it adding a zing to any regular day.

Enjoy this recipe for:

Smoked Plum Lemonade


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Serves: 3-4 glasses



  • 4-5 Plums (preferably ripe red ones)
  • 1 big lemon
  • 1 tbsp Pink Himalayan salt (or regular salt )
  • 3-4 tbsp Brown sugar
  • Water as required
  • Mint leaves for garnish


  1. Blend the plums, sugar and salt into a fine puree.
  2. Strain the plum juice into a pitcher.
  3. Cut the lemon in half and place the cut side onto a hot grill. Press lightly and roast for at least 2 minutes until the lemon gets branded with the characteristic grilled ridges.
  4. Squeeze the juice of the lemon (without the seeds).
  5. Taste, add chilled water and taste again. Adjust the salt and sugar content as required.
  6. Throw in some mint leaves. Just tear them apart with your hands before adding them. That will release the freshness of mint, but witll not overpower the plum and lemon flavors.
  7. Serve chilled and beat the heat!

My Take:

If the plums are inherently very sweet, you can skip the sugar altogether.

Use club soda & a dash of vodka (instead of water) to transform this lemonade into a party cocktail.

Yummily Yours'


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  1. Smoking fruits for drinks is my favorite thing.:) roasted lemons looks sooooooo beautiful 🙂

  2. Looks yummy. Will surely like to try it but i didn’t get the measurement of brown sugar. Also, you don’t need to boil the plums, right? Directly grind them?

    • Hi Nidhi! How have you been? It is 3-4 tbsp. Just updated the recipe 🙂 Yes, use them directly. No boiling required. Enjoy your lemonade 🙂

  3. looks really refreshing! Smoking adds so much flavor!!

  4. This recipes blows me away. I want to make it and drink all of it. Then I want to buy a bushel of plums and put them in everything. When I’m done, I’m going to start grilling all the fruit I can get my hands on. Who knew one little lemonade recipe could give me so many new ideas. Brilliant!

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