Sumac Lemonade Recipe

Use fresh or dried sumac fruits to make this refreshing sumac lemonade.

Fall 2016

  • Use fresh or dried sumac to brew a refreshing sumac lemonade.
    Photo by Hayley Ryczek

Yield: 1 quart

If you’re collecting fresh sumac fruits, break off the stems at the joint, just below the seed clusters. Before brewing, separate the fruits from the clusters. Or, start with dried sumac fruits. Fresh fruit will produce the best flavor for your sumac lemonade.


• 1/3 cup dried sumac fruits
or 1 cup fresh sumac fruits
• 1 quart boiling water
• 1/4 cup raw honey (or to taste)


1. Add the sumac to the boiling water.

2. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn off and remove from heat.

3. Allow to steep for at least 15 minutes.

4. Strain the liquid using a double thickness of cheesecloth to remove tiny hairs.

5. Taste, dilute as desired, then sweeten with honey to taste.

6. Chill your sumac lemonade, serve over ice, and refrigerate unused portions.