Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade

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I was inspired by reading this post at Weddings and Food to make some pink lemonade today. Isn’t it pretty? I think it is a little pinker than what we used to get frozen in the can growing up. Why is pink lemonade so much more appealing than regular lemonade? Doesn’t the canned stuff just has food dye in it to make it pink? I haven’t bought it in decades so don’t really know. This version, with a gentle addition of cranberry juice is the perfect refreshing cooler for a hot summer day.

Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe

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  • Yield: Serves 6.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup sugar (if using unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 cup if using sweetened)
  • 4 cups water (divided)
  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup lemon juice

Method

1 Make a "simple syrup" by heating sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

2 Stir together the remaining water, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Make adjustments to taste. Chill for an hour, or add ice to cool.

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  • mel

    Why not fresh squeezed lemons and fresh cranberries and some sugar. Just droppnthe fresh cranberries into a blender and pulverize and the add hot water and suger and blend again. Some a lot healthier than store bought juices.

  • Kate

    This is going to sound stupid but by lemon juice do you mean fresh squeezed? Or is there a brand of lemon juice I can buy? Thank you :)

  • Isa

    The original pink lemonade was actually lemonade with coloring added. Legend has it that a circus vendor left a bucket of lemonade sitting out and a performer thought it was wash water and soaked his red tights in it. The vendor removed the tights and the lemonade was pink! He sold it anyway and, surprisingly, it sold better than regular lemonade.

  • Your were night mare

    I love it

  • bridget michele mckenzie remolde

    I love it so much, my family really enjoy it a lot.

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