Fresh Pink Lemonade

Here’s how to make pink lemonade…with real lemons! What’s makes it pink? This recipe has the secrets to the bright color and fresh flavor. What is it about pink lemonade that’s both nostalgic and irresistible? Those cardboard cans of concentrate conjure up summer afternoons and flipflops. But is actually in the stuff? What makes pink lemonade pink? Turns out, it’s as natural as can be! Here’s how to make Homemade Pink Lemonade with real lemons. It tastes like you turned up the volume on the concentrate: it’s intensely sweet tart and incredibly fresh. What is pink lemonade? Pink lemonade is lemonade that is dyed pink in color. The earliest recipe for it is from a recipe book from 1892, that called for lemonade to be colored with “fresh or canned strawberry, red raspberry, currant or cranberry juice.” There are a few origin stories for how it came about: both claim it was invented by an American circus worker in the 1850’s. Both stores sound a little like urban legends, but the key is: pink lemonade was either created or popularized by the circus. What makes pink lemonade pink? The color makes it look like it has extra flavoring, but pink […]

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Here’s how to make pink lemonade…with real lemons! What’s makes it pink? This recipe has the secrets to the bright color and fresh flavor.

Pink lemonade

What is it about pink lemonade that’s both nostalgic and irresistible? Those cardboard cans of concentrate conjure up summer afternoons and flipflops. But is actually in the stuff? What makes pink lemonade pink? Turns out, it’s as natural as can be! Here’s how to make Homemade Pink Lemonade with real lemons. It tastes like you turned up the volume on the concentrate: it’s intensely sweet tart and incredibly fresh.

What is pink lemonade?

Pink lemonade is lemonade that is dyed pink in color. The earliest recipe for it is from a recipe book from 1892, that called for lemonade to be colored with “fresh or canned strawberry, red raspberry, currant or cranberry juice.” There are a few origin stories for how it came about: both claim it was invented by an American circus worker in the 1850’s. Both stores sound a little like urban legends, but the key is: pink lemonade was either created or popularized by the circus.

What makes pink lemonade pink?

The color makes it look like it has extra flavoring, but pink lemonade tastes exactly the same as the traditional stuff. So why make it pink? Optics. It simply looks more appealing! The bright color is more visually interesting than the light yellow of standard lemonade. But what makes the color?

The 1892 recipe for pink lemonade used naturally red fruits or juices for the coloring. Many store-bought brands today use artificial dyes, but a natural pink lemonade may use:

  • Cranberry juice
  • Strawberries or strawberry juice
  • Raspberries or raspberry juice
  • Pomegranate juice
  • Grenadine (pomegranate syrup)
What makes Pink lemonade pink
This lovely color is all natural!

How to make pink lemonade

Let’s get to the recipe! How to make pink lemonade? For this all natural lemonade, we chose cranberry juice for the bright color. Here’s all you need to do (or jump to the recipe below for the exact quantities):

  • Juice the lemons. Best juicing tips are below!
  • Mix sugar and warm water in a pitcher. This dissolves it; no need to heat it on the stovetop.
  • Add cold water, lemon juice, and cranberry juice. Stir and you’ve got a beautifully bright color and refreshing, sweet tart flavor!

The recipe below makes a small pitcher of 4 servings. To make a larger pitcher for serving a crowd, simply double it!

Best way to juice lemons

If you love making homemade lemonade (and we do), here’s the best way to juice those lemons! Our top choice is our handy press citrus juicers, which is fast and saves your fingers of having to do all that squeezing!

  • Press citrus juicer: best choice! This type is efficient and gets out even more juice than other types. Here’s the press juicer we recommend. It’s held up the best of any method, after making 300+ cocktails.
  • Handheld citrus juicer. The next best juicer? The type with a ridged top (similar to this).
What is Pink lemonade

Use less cranberry juice for a lighter pink color

This pink lemonade recipe makes a beautifully bright pink color. If you prefer a more pastel pink, you can do that too! Just use half the cranberry juice. Or you can adjust it as needed! It doesn’t add much flavor-wise: it’s simply there for color.

More lemonade and limeade recipes

Try all our homemade lemonade and limeade recipes: they’re the perfect summer drinks! Pick from the following:

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This pink lemonade recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Pink lemonade

Easy Pink Lemonade


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 drinks
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Here’s how to make pink lemonade…with real lemons! What’s makes it pink? This recipe has the secrets to the bright color and fresh flavor.


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (4 large lemons)*
  • 1/2 cup all natural cranberry juice (no sugar added)**
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups water, divided
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons.
  2. Add the sugar and 1/2 cup warm water to a pitcher and stir until dissolved. Add 2 cups cold water, then pour in the lemon juice and cranberry juice. Add ice and serve.

Notes

*Or, double this recipe to make a large pitcher that serves 8.

**You can use half the cranberry juice for a lighter pastel pink lemonade, but we like the vibrant pink color.

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Juiced
  • Cuisine: Drink

Keywords: Pink lemonade, how to make pink lemonade, what is pink lemonade, what makes pink lemonade pink

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2 Ingredient Frozen Strawberry Lemonade.

This frozen strawberry lemonade is the easiest thing you’ll make all summer. Embarrassingly easy, I tell you! See that icy, frozen drink perfection? It’s about to land in your kitchen. Okay so you only need two things here. TWO! Your favorite lemonade (a recipe, or bottled) and frozen strawberries.  That.is.it. Of course, you can add […]

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This frozen strawberry lemonade is the easiest thing you’ll make all summer.

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Embarrassingly easy, I tell you!

See that icy, frozen drink perfection? It’s about to land in your kitchen.

frozen strawberry lemonade in a blender

Okay so you only need two things here. TWO! Your favorite lemonade (a recipe, or bottled) and frozen strawberries. 

That.is.it.

pouring frozen strawberry lemonade

Of course, you can add some lemons or strawberries or fresh mint for garnish too. If you want to get fancy. But this is just about the least fancy recipe there is.

Oh! To get EXTRA fancy you could add some vodka. A splash or so. A shot or two. Blend it all up and voila! Boozy frozen strawberry lemonade, that is only three ingredients with the booze. 

THIS IS SO SIMPLE.

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Right now I’m having a love affair with the Costco organic lemonade, so that’s what I use. I’ve tried it with Simply Lemonade which I also like. I never use a frozen lemonade concentrate – just the frozen berries. And depending on the brand of lemonade you use, you may need a few more strawberries or even a drop of honey.

AND! You can obviously use other kinds of frozen fruit here too. Blackberries! Blueberries! Peaches! Mango! They all sound delish, right?

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Can you tell how obsessed I am with this ridiculously simply “recipe?”

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

I just love a good slushy drink!

I’m not one to order a frozen margarita since I love those on the rocks, but other frozen drinks always entice me. This is a super fun way to enjoy the last six weeks of hot hot summer at home. Blend one of these up and sit on the patio – and you can even do it during the day with this non-alcoholic version. No happy hour required! Reminds me of my lemonade frosé without the rosé.

Plus, the kids love it. It makes everyone feel like a kid again!

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

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Frozen Strawberry Lemonade

This frozen strawberry lemonade could not be easier! It only has two ingredients and comes together super fast. Perfect for summer!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 to 4 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 cups lemonade
  • 16 ounces frozen strawberries
  • lemon wedges, for serving
  • fresh mint, for serving

Instructions

  • Combine the lemonade and strawberries in a blender. Blend until smooth and frozen. Pour into glasses and garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh mint!

2 ingredient frozen strawberry lemonade

I’d like to float on that strawberry raft.

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Fresh Ginger Lemonade

Note: I’ll be making this ginger lemonade today at 6pm CET (Noon ET, 9am PT) on my IG Live Apéro Hour on Instagram. To watch, head to my profile on my IG profile page at that time, and when the circle around my profile pic says “Live” – click on it to tune in. More info, as well as how to watch it in replay…

Note: I’ll be making this ginger lemonade today at 6pm CET (Noon ET, 9am PT) on my IG Live Apéro Hour on Instagram. To watch, head to my profile on my IG profile page at that time, and when the circle around my profile pic says “Live” – click on it to tune in. More info, as well as how to watch it in replay in my IGTV channel archives, is here.

I once got into a Scrabble tiff when I was challenged for using the word “ade.” I’ve played Scrabble in English, and in French, and I’ve determined that it’s impossible to win if facing off against French players due to the astounding selection of verb conjugations they have at their disposal. (Except for this French Scrabble champion who doesn’t even speak French, but won by memorizing words in the French dictionary. Wow.)

Fortunately, I don’t have a competitive streak, although I did dig my heels over the word ade when I was playing Scrabble with some fellow anglophones one time, who refused to concede that ade was an actual word. There was a dictionary on hand in the summer house we were staying at, which confirmed that ade is, indeed, a drink made with fruit.

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