Pink Strawberry Lemonade
What exactly makes pink lemonade pink? I always hoped that it was strawberry lemonade, but I think it’s probably just red food coloring. A quick Google search provides some pretty interesting origin stories for pink lemonade… not very appetizing ones, though. Regardless of all that, this pink lemonade gets its rosy color from strawberries. Real, whole, fresh strawberries that are steeped into a pretty, pink simple syrup, not some strawberry “flavoring.” It’s sweet and a tiny bit tart and everything I’d hope for in a spring or summer drink. Spike it if you want to, or just enjoy it straight up with childlike glee (and maybe a curly straw).
- 4 c ice
- 1 1/4 c (12 oz) strawbery simple syrup
- 1 c (8 oz) fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 c (16 oz) water (still or sparkling)
- 1 c ice
- 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp (2.5 oz) strawberry simple syrup
- 1/4 c (2 oz) fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 c (4 oz) water (still or sparkling)
To make ahead of time, mix juice, syrup, and water without ice. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It will store for several days. Serve with or without ice (you may need to dilute it some if you're not using ice).
I really think it's worth the effort/price to use fresh squeezed lemon juice. For reference, I usually get at least 2 Tbsp (1/8 c) juice per lemon and often get 3 Tbsp.
Try meyer lemon juice for a fruitier twist.
Infuse the strawberry simple syrup with mint or basil for an herbaceous note in your lemonade (instructions in the simple syrup recipe).
Adjust the simple syrup to lemon juice ratio to your liking. I started with a 1:1 ratio and found it a little too tart.