PINK LEMONADE (with fresh lemons & cranberry juice)

So, I finally got around to blogging about this recipe (recently mentioned in my New Year’s Eve menu post)! I was so excited to get the opportunity to try making pink lemonade for the very first time in advance of my blessingway/baby shower and I hope that you’ll love this recipe as much as I now do!
MissMarzipan_pink_lemonade
I remember thinking of pink lemonade as being something truly special when I watched The Sound of Music as a little girl and I still remember the terrace scene well…

The Baroness: Not too sweet, not too sour.

Max: Just too, uh… pink.

Max_Detweiler_pink_lemonade
Despite loving the idea of pink lemonade, I never did get to try it when I was little, and the only version I have had as an adult was made in France by some fancy beverage manufacturer. I thought it high time I made my own and my blessingway/baby shower gave me the perfect excuse! This version of pink lemonade uses organic cranberry juice, thus contains no food colouring (yay!), and is not to sweet, sour or pink ;). You can adjust the recipe, as I have, to suit your personal preferences. The next time I make this for an event with guests I will double the quantities. It was truly a hit!

 

PINK LEMONADE
Makes: Approximately 2 liters

 

INGREDIENTS

1.75 dl sugar
4 lemon peel segments
2.5 dl water, for syrup
14 dl water
5 dl freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 10-12 lemons)
1.5 – 2 dl organic cranberry juice
A pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS
  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, lemon peel segments, and 2.5 dl water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, then remove from heat.MissMarzipan_lemon_syrup
  2. In a large jug (or mixing bowl with pouring lip), combine remaining water, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and salt.
  3. Remove lemon peel segments from syrup. Add syrup to lemonade mix. Stir to combine.
  4. Pour lemonade through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp, if desired.
  5. Serve chilled OR
  6. … for a frozen version, pour 1 liter of pink lemonade into an ice cream maker (or ice cream maker bowl attachment for a KitchenAid), turn on and, 20 minutes later… voilà; a delicious frosty drink that the whole family will love!
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This pink lemonade is absolutely delicious as a frozen drink too!

*I have also made a “cheat’s version” using pure, bottled lemon juice and it works very well too (and is super-fast)!
*Adapted from this recipe (an original by The Cooking Bride).
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22 thoughts on “PINK LEMONADE (with fresh lemons & cranberry juice)

    • Oh, you’re very kind :) After so many challenges this pregnancy and making it so far, I really felt a huge amount of gratitude and wanted to have a lovely celebration… not just for me and not just about the baby, but also to say thank you to some people who have been of great support :) It was worth all the effort

  1. mmmm yum, im a nut for any tart citrus drink, and yes being pink makes it better!! thanks for the recipe!!!

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