Why is pink lemonade so much more appealing than regular lemonade?
What makes pink lemonade pink? Doesn't the canned stuff just have food dye in it to make it pink? I haven't bought canned pink lemonade in decades so don't really know. (But just in case you're curious too, Joe Sevier at Epicurious has some theories.)
How To Make Pink Lemonade
I'm guessing the canned stuff we grew up with is pink only through the addition of artificial dyes. But we don't need to do that.
You know the easiest way to make lemonade pink? Add some cranberry juice!
Unsweetened cranberry juice is tart, just like unsweetened lemon juice. All we need to do to turn our homemade lemonade pink is to incorporate some cranberry juice into the mix.
We make a simple syrup by heating water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, then we mix it with lemon juice, cranberry juice, and some more water. Add a few ice cubes and we're done!
Isn't it pretty? It's the perfect refreshing cooler for a hot summer day.
More Fruity Drinks to Try!
- Strawberry Watermelon Agua Fresca
- Cranberry Limeade
- Lavender Lemonade
- Hibiscus Spritz
- Limeade With Mint
Homemade Pink Lemonade
1 to 1 1/4 cup sugar
4 cups water, divided
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
Make the simple syrup:
Heat sugar (use 1 1/4 cups of sugar if you'll be using unsweetened cranberry juice) and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove the simple syrup from the heat and let it cool.
Combine the liquids, stir:
Combine the remaining water, cranberry juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a pitcher. Make adjustments to taste. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.
Chill, then serve:
Chill in the refrigerator for about an hour, or add in ice to cool the lemonade.
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 48g||18%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||1%|
|Total Sugars 46g|
|Vitamin C 18mg||92%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|