Sweet, sweet summertime. Our to-do lists are a bit lighter and days a bit slower. And nothing tastes better on a hot summer day than ice-cold lemonade! It’s a perfect combination of sweet and tart, simple and refreshing. But…how difficult is it to make homemade lemonade? So. Easy. In fact, this Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe is the delicious summer beverage you’ve been searching for because it’s simple to make and can actually be made in under five minutes! Add this seasonal beverage to your summertime menu and allow your guests to cool off and refresh themselves without any hassle. Also, if you want to complete the look with a complementary tablescape, check out our Summer Soiree Tablescape to simplify your summertime hosting!
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Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade Recipe
This recipe is so easy to make with just a few key ingredients – lemons, lemon juice, cranberry juice, and sugar. And, if you’re like us, you might like to make some of your recipes before guests arrive. You can easily make this pink lemonade the night before or even the morning of your gathering! And, finally, the pretty pink hue? It’s just a splash of your favorite cranberry juice. Voila! You’ve got a classic summertime beverage in no time.
How to Best Serve This Recipe
We love to add interest to our beverage recipes by cutting up and mixing fruit into it. For this recipe, naturally, we chose sliced lemon to include. (You could also try one of our favorite Hostful Hacks: Fancify the ice by adding edible flower petals or fresh fruit to ice cube trays for some added interest and flavor to your ice cubes. For this recipe, you could add lemon wedges to your ice cubes!) Finally, use a clear glass vessel for your Pink Lemonade so guests know what the beverage is and to show off the pretty pink color! We love this Large Clear Colin Carafe that we chose for our lemonade for its simple sophistication and functional design.
What You Need To Make This Recipe
How to Prepare Your Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade
Begin making this recipe by mixing lemon juice, sugar, cranberry juice and water in a large carafe or pitcher. Add sliced lemons to mixture. Chill for at least two hours. Right before serving, fill the remaining space in the carafe or pitcher with ice cubes. That’s it! Serve to loved ones and enjoy that classic, refreshing lemonade flavor!
Want more summer recipe inspiration? Check out these recipes that perfectly complement this Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade.
That’s it! Hap-bee hosting, friend!
Old-Fashioned Pink Lemonade
- Cutting Knife
- Larger Carafe or Pitcher
- cutting board
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 c. cranberry juice
- 2 c. lemon juice
- 2 c. granulated sugar
- 9 c. water
- Mix water, sugar, lemon juice and cranberry juice in large carafe or pitcher.
- Add lemon slices to mixture.
- Chill at least 2 hours before serving.
- Right before guests arrive, fill extra space in carafe or pitcher with ice cubes.