When was the last time you had an honest to goodness real old-fashioned pink lemonade? Chilled to perfection, there is nothing like a tasty pink lemonade on a hot afternoon! If you don't have your own lemon tree growing in the back yard, then I guess you will just have to pick some up at your local store. Let's get started, so you can serve all of your friends a chilled ice cold glass of pink lemonade.
Ingredients for making a pink lemonade
- 10-12 medium sized lemons
- 1 cup of cranberry juice
- 1 1/4 cups sugar (more sugar according to your tastes)
- 5 cups of water (add more if needed)
Place five cups of water into your lemonade pitcher and put it in the refrigerator to chill, along with the cranberry juice. Wash each lemon to remove pesticides from the rind. Cut each lemon in half and then slice the pieces into about 1/8" slices. Set these aside for later.
Next, place the lemon slices and the sugar into a large bowl which has a generous flat bottom. Make sure the bowl is a sturdy one for mixing. Locate your potato masher and begin mashing the sugar and lemons together. Continue mashing until all of the lemon sections are broken into small pieces.
Pull out your mixer and place the bowl of lemons and sugar that you just mashed into it. If necessary, you may have to transfer these ingredients into a bowl designed to work with your mixer. Put the top on the mixer. Set the mixer to the lowest setting, turn it on, and let it run for a couple of minutes. When it's done mixing, set the bowl on your kitchen counter.
Remove the water you chilled earlier from the refrigerator and pour it and the cranberry juice into the bowl of lemons. Mix gently by hand with a spoon. Pour this mixture through a large strainer into your lemonade pitcher, using a spoon to press down on the mixture to release more juice. You can add some of the pulp that remains in the strainer back into the pitcher, if you like or otherwise, just discard it.
The cranberry juice helps to give it that beautiful pink color and it adds a nice zip to the flavor. However, if you don't really care for that, you can add some red food coloring drop by drop to create the enticing pink lemonade color.
Congratulations, you have just made your first real old fashioned pink lemonade. Enjoy!