Pink Lemonade: How To Make It

Just like your favorite classic lemonade, except…pink! This recipe does not taste like cranberry at all. It’s just enough juice to give it a beautiful color. The flavor is all sugar and lemons and sweet-tart perfection.

I hope you love this pink lemonade recipe, one of our favorite lemon recipes of all.

3 mason jars with pink lemonade and fresh lemon slices.

Pink Lemonade

Makes 1 quart.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Serving Size 4 people

Equipment

  • Small saucepan
  • Pitcher

Ingredients 

Sugar Syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water

Lemonade

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup cranberry juice
  • additional lemons and fresh mint for garnish optional

Instructions 

  • Make the syrup. Combine the ½ cup of water with the ½ cup of sugar. Heat just until sugar is dissolved. Pour syrup into pitcher
  • Add the lemon juice. Add the lemon juice to the sugar syrup. Pour the remaining 2 cups of water.
  • Add the cranberry juice. Pour the cranberry juice into the pitcher.
  • Cover and chill. Cover the jar or pitcher and place in the fridge 1-2 hours, until cold.
    quart jar filled with pink lemonade.
  • Serve. Serve over ice with lemon slices.
    close up view of mason jars of pink lemonade.

Notes

This recipe is on the tart side.   We love it this way but if you prefer a sweeter drink, increase the sugar to 3/4 cup.
Calories: 111kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 25mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

I hope you love this homemade Pink Lemonade. It’s a perfect blend of tangy and sweet, ideal for cooling down on a warm day.

overhead view of pink lemonade on ice.

🥣 it’s all about the sugar + fresh lemon juice

When there are so few ingredients, each one of them is important! Don’t use bottled lemon juice if you can help it.

  • Cranberry Juice. This is the secret ingredient that gives our Pink Lemonade its unique color and a subtle twist in flavor.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice. The cornerstone of any lemonade, fresh lemon juice provides that essential, tangy kick.
  • Granulated Sugar. This balances the tartness of the lemons and the cranberry juice. It adds the right amount of sweetness.
lemons sugar and cranberry juice on marble counter.

You only need a few tools for this recipe. And in a pinch, you can make the syrup in the microwave.

  • Small Saucepan: For making the sugar syrup.
  • Pitcher: To mix and serve the lemonade. We always use a quart mason jar!
  • Citrus Juicer: To easily extract fresh lemon juice.

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If you have a beautiful pitcher, that works. But a mason jar for storing and wide-mouth pint glasses for serving works just great.

✨ Tips for the best pretty lemonade

As long you follow the recipe, you’ll be just fine.

  • Syrup Preparation. Make sure the sugar dissolves completely in the water. This will prevent any graininess in your lemonade.
  • Chill Time: Don’t rush the chilling process. A well-chilled lemonade enhances the flavors and provides a refreshing experience.
  • Adjusting Sweetness. If the tartness is too much, feel free to adjust the sugar quantity to your liking.
  • Freshness Matters! Use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than store-bought for the best flavor.
  • Garnishing. Add a creative touch with lemon slices and fresh mint to make it pretty ❤️.

I know making the syrup feels like pain but it’s super easy and worth the trouble. You’ll want to use it for all your other homemade drinks once you try it.

🥫 Storage and make ahead instructions

Drinks are one of the best things to make on a meal-prep day to stock your fridge.

This recipe doubles very well. You can also leave out the additional water and freeze it as a concentrate to save room in the freezer.

quart jar filled with pink lemonade.

Refrigeration

  • In the Fridge: Pour the lemonade into a clean pitcher or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. It can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5-7 days. Always give it a good stir or shake before serving, as the ingredients may settle at the bottom.
  • Make-Ahead Tip: If you’re planning for an event, you can prepare the sugar syrup a few days in advance and store it in the fridge. Combine it with the lemon and cranberry juices on the day of serving for the freshest taste.

Freezing

  • Freeze as Ice Cubes: Pour the lemonade into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to a freezer bag or an airtight container. These lemonade ice cubes are perfect for adding to drinks without diluting them as they melt.
  • Freeze in a Container: To freeze a larger quantity, use a freezer-safe container. Leave some space at the top as the liquid will expand when frozen. It can be kept in the freezer for up to 4 months.
  • Thawing: Thaw the frozen lemonade in the refrigerator overnight. If it separates after thawing, simply stir or shake well to recombine the ingredients.

Perfect Pairings

  • Grilled Dishes: Complements the smoky flavors of grilled chicken or vegetables.
  • Summer Salads: A light, fresh garden salad or a fruit salad pairs wonderfully.
  • Seafood: Ideal with light seafood dishes, like grilled shrimp or fish tacos.
  • Picnic Snacks: Great with sandwiches, wraps, or finger foods at a picnic.

❤️ More lemonades you’ll love

  • Quench your thirst with a refreshing glass of Raspberry Peach Lemonade. The tangy raspberries meet the sweet peaches for a delicious treat.
  • Imagine sipping on Freckled Strawberry Lemonade. Every sip has crushed fresh berries right in the drink.
  • Slushy Vodka Pink Lemonade is the perfect party starter. It blends the playful tartness of pink lemonade with a cheeky vodka kick. The result is a slushy, fun-filled experience.
  • The unique pairing in Strawberry Basil Lemonade offers a delightful surprise. Herbal but not overpowering, this is summer in a glass.
  • Savor the calming essence of Blueberry Lavender Lemonade. Notes of lavender are beautifully intertwined with the juicy sweetness of blueberries.

You’ll love them all. Perfect for a summer party, a bridal shower, or an afternoon on the porch. Enjoy!

close up view of mason jars of pink lemonade.
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