Pink Lemonade

Pink lemonade is one of those treats that can take you to a happy place, kind of like pink cotton candy.

No matter what color it is, lemonade is sooooo good on a hot day.

Or any day for that matter.

In the pictures below you may notice that some of the lemons have faint pink variegated lines on the rind rather than a bright yellow color.

These are pink lemons from a tree that I have called a “pink lemonade tree”.

I only used them for this pink lemonade because I didn’t have enough of the regular yellow lemons on hand.

Although the inside of a pink lemon is a light pink color, the overall color of the lemon juice is similar to that of a regular yellow lemon.

In this recipe, to make the lemonade pink I used 100% pomegranate juice.

Pomegranate juice is such a rich pretty color and as an added bonus it has antioxidants.

It was a super hot day when I made this pink lemonade and the hardest part was not drinking it before I took these pics.

Or maybe a close second to the hardest part was taking the pics before the ice melted….

…like in this picture.  The ice was disappearing before my eyes.

So let’s check out the ingredients.

Lemons, 100% pomegranate juice, sugar, water and ice cubes.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Simple Syrup:

Zest one of the lemons….

…and set aside for a moment.

Heat a small pot on low to medium heat and add the water.

Add the sugar…

…and…

…stir.

Add the lemon zest…

…and…

…stir.

Bring to a boil.  When the sugar dissolves, remove the pan from the heat….

…add the syrup to a heat-proof bowl and let cool.

Once cooled,

pour the syrup through a mesh strainer and into a large measuring cup with a pour spout.

Discard the lemon zest that’s left in the strainer.

For the Pink Lemonade:

Cut the lemons in half…

…and…

…juice them.

In a large pitcher, pour the simple syrup…

…lemon juice…

…water…

…and pomegranate juice.

Then,

with a large spoon stir the lemonade.

For garnish and some extra lemon flavor,

add slices of lemon to the pitcher.

Next,

add ice to the pitcher and…

…stir.

Add additional ice to the serving glasses if desired.

Garnish the serving glasses with slices of lemon…

…and…

..enjoy.  I’ll have seconds please.

Thank you very much for stopping by!

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Pink Lemonade

Yield: Serves 4 to 5

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 45 minutes to cool the syrup

Cook Time: 6 minutes

Total Time: 16 minutes plus 45 minutes inactive time

Ingredients:

For the Simple Syrup:
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Zest from 1 lemon

For the Pink Lemonade:
Simple syrup
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 4 or 5 lemons)
5 cups cold water
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons (8 teaspoons) chilled 100% pomegranate juice
4 cups ice cubes
1 lemon, sliced for garnish

Directions:

For the Simple Syrup:
Heat a sauce pan on low to medium heat and add the water, sugar, and lemon zest. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil and stir. Once the sugar dissolves (about 6 minutes) remove the syrup from the pan into a heat-proof bowl and let cool. Once cooled, pour the syrup through a mesh strainer and into a large measuring cup with a pour spout. Discard the lemon zest that is left in the strainer.

For the Pink Lemonade:
Juice and strain the lemons. In a large pitcher, add the strained lemon juice, cooled simple syrup, water and pomegranate juice. Stir together and add the ice. Slice a lemon into about ½ inch wide slices, remove the seeds if possible, and add to the pitcher. Serve over additional ice if desired.

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