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Posted by on May 20, 2015 in spring, summer | 0 comments

Pink Strawberry Lemonade

Pink Strawberry Lemonade (made with real strawberries)

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).

Pink Strawberry Lemonade

Yield: 4 servings (about 1 quart)


  • 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)

  • For a single serving:
  • 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)


  • Fill a pitcher with 4 c ice. Add 1 1/4 c strawberry simple syrup and 1 c lemon juice. Top off with 2 c water or to taste (you may want to water it down more for kids). Stir well. Garnish with lemon and/or strawberry slices if desired.
  • For a single serving, fill a glass with about 1 c ice. Add 1/4 c + 1 Tbsp strawberry simple syrup and 1/4 c fresh lemon juice. Top off with 1/2 c water or to taste. Stir well. Garnish with lemon and/or strawberry slices if desired.
  • Notes

    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.

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