Did you know it is incredibly easy to make pink lemonade at home? It takes only 5 minutes and tastes absolutely refreshing and delicious. Control yourself how much you sweeten it so it’s as healthy as you want it to be.
Summer is right around the corner and I can’t wait for afternoons in the park! The most important thing while outside when it’s hot: hydration!
To keep my kids interested in drinking a ton to stay hydrated and fit and happy at the park is to make water taste “special” without making it unhealthy. Which brings us to our first question:
Is Pink Lemonade Healthy?
It can be! There are many store-bought lemonades that are far from healthy. However, making it yourself at home you can make it super delicious and healthy.
My pink lemonade recipe takes only 5 minutes to make, uses only natural real ingredients, and is sweetened with honey to taste.
If you are a lemon juice lover you might not need any sweetener at all actually.
What is Pink Lemonade Made out of?
The basic ingredients for all pink lemonades are water and lemon juice of course. And the rest is different for each.
Most lemonades are sweetened to balance out the sourness of the lemons. You can use any sweetener really. The most popular is probably refined white sugar. I prefer using honey, however, because I feel it gives it a really nice summer taste. Also, honey in my humble opinion is simply a better quality sweetener than other sugars.
The most unhealthy ingredient to make the pink lemonade “pink” is obviously food coloring. This can be extremely easily replaced by pureed red fruit or fruit juice though. How cool is that?
Many use pureed strawberries or cranberry juice. My favorite is raspberries because their red color is super intense and their flavor is so special.
How to Give Your Lemonade an Extra Special Favor Everybody Will Remember
My secret ingredient is MINT! Mint makes any lemonade or lemon infused water taste unbelievably refreshing. I might be imagining it but I seriously feel more hydrated and refreshed when my beverage has a slight taste of mint.
Little extra bonus: it keeps our breath fresh throughout the day. Yay!
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- 1/3 cup lemon juice
- 1/4 cup raspberries
- 4 cups water
- honey to taste
- Add ice to a large pitcher and place about a hand full of mint on top.
- Add 4 cups of cold water to the ice and set aside.
- Blend raspberries, lemon juice, and a squirt of honey with an immersion blender until completely smooth.
- Add the juice to the water in the pitcher through a strainer, give it all a quick stir and serve over more ice.
- I like freezing some raspberries into ice cubes to make it look pretty.