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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

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 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 to 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.

Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe


  • 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


1 Make simple syrup: Heat 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.

3 Chill for an hour, or add ice to cool.

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Homemade Pink Lemonade Recipe - An Easy To Prepare Old Fashioned Southern Beverage Favorite

I have found that homemade pink lemonade can be a cool and wonderfully refreshing drink. Especially during the summer months when you get the urge to prepare yourself a cold glass of sweet homemade lemonade using fresh lemons. I've always been a fan of lemonade and especially when it is pink. When eating out it's the one beverage drink I order most often.

The recipe for the thirst quenching drink I'd like to share with you is also a southern favorite, running close second behind homemade lemonade. Consisting of interesting ingredients, this recipe calls for grenadine syrup which is made from pomegranate juice and sugar. Grenadine syrup is an ingredient that is used in a variety of products including cocktails, carbonated drinks, desserts, liquors and marinades.

In my opinion the grenadine syrup gives the pink lemonade of this recipe a more distinctive flavor when compared to similar recipes that do not include the deciding different ingredient.

Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade

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1 cup sugar
1 cups water
1 cup lemon juice
1 cup cranberry juice
5 cups water


1. Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in saucepan. Bring to a boil an dstir to dissolve. Let cool.

2. Add sugar water, lemon juice, cranberry juice and water in 2 quart pitcher. Stir to combine and serve over ice.

  • 2 large lemons
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 large strawberries
  • Ice cubes as needed (optional)

Be sure an adult is nearby to help.

Cut the lemons in half across the middle. Using a citrus juicer, squeeze the juice from each half. You should have about 1/2 cup juice.

Pour the lemon juice into a pitcher. Add the water and sugar. Stir with a long-handled spoon until the sugar is dissolved.

On a cutting board, using a knife, cut off the green stems from the strawberries. Cut the strawberries in half.

Set a fine-mesh sieve over a small bowl. Put the strawberry halves in the sieve and mash with the back of a small spoon, pushing the berries through the sieve. Pour the strained strawberries into the lemonade. Make sure to scrape the underside of the sieve, adding what comes through to the juice. Throw away anything left inside the sieve. Stir the lemonade until well blended and pink. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

To serve, pour the lemonade into tall glasses. Or fill glasses with ice cubes and then pour in the lemonade. Serves 2.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma The Kid's Cookbook, by Abigail Johnson Dodge (Time-Life Books, 2000).

Old Fashioned Pink Lemonade - Recipes

Recipe From

Provided by Tonni Padgett

  • In large pitcher combine sugar, water, lemon juice and cranberry juice. Stir to dissolve sugar. Serve over ice.

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 9 cups water
  • 2 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup cranberry juice, chilled


This refreshing punch is convenient because you can make it ahead of time and just add the ginger ale just before serving. -Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Recipe From

Provided by Taste of Home

Yield 50 servings (7-1/2 quarts).

  • In a punch bowl, dissolve sugar in water. Add juices and lemonade mix well. Stir in ginger ale. If desired, top with a decorative ice mold and lemon slices. Serve immediately.

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 2 bottles (64 ounces each) cranberry-raspberry juice, chilled
  • 1 can (46 ounces) pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 liter ginger ale, chilled
  • Decorative ice mold & lemon slices, optional


This fun and yummy pink sangria is great for brunch or a shower. I always get tons of requests for this recipe, and the pink color along with the strawberries is so festively fun! Serve with lime wedges or wheels. Feel free to eyeball ingredient measurements or adjust to taste.

Recipe From

  • Stir the strawberries, lemonade concentrate, rose wine, and pineapple juice in a punch bowl until combined. Stir in the ginger ale just before serving.

  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen sliced strawberries, thawed
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 2 (750 milliliter) bottles chilled rose wine, such as white Zinfandel
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1 liter ginger ale


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Old Fashioned Southern Lemonade

An old Southern lemonade recipe that kicks lemonade up a notch by utilizing lemon zest for a beautiful and flavorful drink!

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This lemonade recipe is tried and true. Given to me by a military neighbor back in Virginia Beach, it's honestly the best lemonade I (and anyone else who's had a cup) ever tasted.

Not super sweet, not too tart, it's absolutely thirst-quenching on those dog-days of summer, which are coming dangerously close now. And in the south, the heat is something we endure with a cup of lemonade that doesn't burn our throats. Don't you hate that? Those over-acidic lemonades kill me!

Since my family lives in Miami now, it's going to be sweltering! I was enjoying those 74 degree F days of February.

Old fashioned southern lemonade is a bit more time-consuming than my 'shake up a lemon with some sugar water' country fair lemonade, but I consider this recipe to be much better than a typical pitcher of lemonade.

I love a good glass of lemonade in the heat of spring and summer, especially while sitting out on my patio and writing out a new post.

I.e. I'm drinking a glass right now.

Let's talk lemonade techniques.

So sure, this seems like a lot for some lemons and sugar water. But! I consider these steps key to making picture (or pitcher p) perfect lemonade: the zest simmered down in the simple syrup brings out a beautiful yellow color and gives the lemonade great flavor from the zest's oils. And a lemon syrup isn't a bad thing to bottle up for someone as a gift, I'm just sayin'.

P.S. This lemonade recipe is what I use in both my Southern Arnold Palmer and Addictive Strawberry Lemonade recipes. Go take a look at those for tasty twists on lemonade.

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Old Fashioned Pink Lavender Lemonade

1 1/4 cup sugar (if using unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 cup if using sweetened)
6 cups water (divided)
1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried lavender

  1. Before making your simple syrup, if you will be using lavender for added flavor in this recipe,you must do the following: Heat 1 1/4 cup of water and bring to a soft boil. Add the dried lavender. Remove from the heat and let is steep for 10 minutes. Strain it, and continue with the recipe.
  2. Make a “simple syrup” by heating sugar and 1 cup of the water (or lavender flavored water, if using) in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.
  3. Stir together the remaining water (5 cups), cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Make adjustments to taste. Chill for an hour, or add ice to cool.

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About Helga Glaesel de Blanding

Helga is a wife, mother and entrepreneur. She took a professional cooking class at the Guatemalan Culinary Academy (Academia Culinaria de Guatemala) and as a mom, she's into children’s nutrition, giving children a role in the kitchen.

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old fashioned pink lemonade is perfect for a hot summer day. Learn how to make homemade pink lemonade .

To make pink lemonade , combine the mint leaves and 1 tbsp of water in a mortar pestle and crush it lightly. Combine the mint mixture, lemon juice, powdered sugar, rose syrup and salt in a deep bowl and mix well. Add the soda and mix well. Serve immediately.

This old fashioned pink lemonade features a perfect blend of soothing rose syrup and peppy lemon juice, with mint leaves for added zing.

The muddling of mint leaves not only brings out the true flavour of mint, but the crushed mint leaves give a pleasant mouthfeel too! This fresh herby touch is a treat for your senses. These brilliant flavours are topped with chilled soda to make a thoroughly refreshing classic summer lemonade drink .

The best part about this drink is that it doesn’t even call for making any syrup or mixture and refrigerating. Serve this homemade pink lemonade to guests – be it kids or adults, you are sure to be much-admired.

Tips for pink lemonade . 1. Make sure the soda is absolutely chill because adding ice separately will dilute the drink. 2. Also do not forget the salt, although just a pinch of it is used, because it helps to sharpen the myriad flavours of this drink. 3. If you don’t have powdered sugar, grind the table sugar in a mixer and sieve it before use.

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Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Real Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation time:ꀕ minutes. Makes 15 eight ounce servings.

  • Lemon Juice, freshly squeezed from 6 large lemons (1-1/2 cups, organic lemons if you can find them)
  • 1  cup of sugar, granulated - more or less to taste
  • 6  cups cold water
  • 1  large lemon, cut into small, thin slices
  • Freshly made ice cubes (old ice cubes pick up freezer odors . dump them and start over)

Note: The sugar and water does not have to be boiled but the quality of the lemonade is improved if you boil them in a pan for 2 minutes, chill and then add the lemon juice. Otherwise,

  • In a large pitcher, combine the freshly squeezed lemon juice, granulated sugar and cold water
  • Stir briskly to dissolve the sugar completely
  • Add the ice and thin sliced lemon pieces and stir briskly again
  • Pour into tall glasses  (if needed, add a few ice cubes to the glass)

Easy Homemade Lemonade- Old Fashioned

Just the word “lemonade” brings back childhood memories of lazy, country summer days in Elberton, Ga. We went there every summer to visit family and if you asked for something to drink, you’d better believe it was gonna be well water, sweet iced tea or a chilled mason jar full of old fashioned , homemade lemonade!

My great grandfather would down sweating glasses of lemonade back to back while sitting on the porch, swatting flies and spittin’ tobacco. That was one of his favorite ways to past time.

A pitcher of good old fashioned, homemade lemonade was one of the first drinks I learned how to make as a child. I pretty much taught myself. I mean how hard is lemons, sugar and water, ya know. The hardest part is getting that perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.

Simmering the zest creates a really pretty yellow color without having to use a powdered mix or food coloring and it also add a nice tang to the lemonade.

This homemade lemonade recipe is such a classic. It creates one amazing pitcher of sweet, tart, and refreshing lemonade!

And while you’re at it don’t forget to check out my recipe for old fashioned strawberry lemonade!