Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade

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Old fashioned homemade pink lemonade with fresh squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup of sugar and water, and cranberry juice for color. This pink lemonade is the cherry top to summer days.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Pink Lemonade

Why is pink lemonade so much more appealing than regular lemonade? What makes pink lemonade pink?  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.

How to Make Pink Lemonade

You know the easiest way to make lemonade pink? Add some cranberry juice!

Isn’t it pretty? I think it’s even pinker than what we used to get frozen in the can growing up. I love this homemade pink lemonade, with its gentle addition of cranberry juice. It’s 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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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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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.

  • bridget michele mckenzie remolde

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

  • Ron N.

    To simplify an earlier suggestion, why not peel the lemons, or “zest” them (remove the outer skin with a fine grater) before juicing. Then simply put them into the water/sugar before boiling, and then strain before adding to the pitcher.

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