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How to Make Pink Lemonade

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Homemade pink lemonade is the epitome of refreshing summer beverages. It has the perfect combination of sweet and tart and only takes a few ingredients to make. Let us show you how to make pink lemonade at home.

Glasses of homemade pink lemonade on ice.

Summer and lemonade are a match made in heaven.  While the powdered mix makes a decent cup, a pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade cannot be topped.

One of the fun parts is homemade lemonade is such an easy thing to put a spin on. We have made honey sweetened lemonade and blackberry lemonade as well.

Ingredients for making homemade pink lemonade.

So Little Dude and I thought it would be fun to whip up another refreshing lemon beverage. This one uses the obvious ingredients of lemon juice and simple syrup and adds just a hint of grenadine.

The grenadine adds color of course and just a bit of flavor. So it gets that pretty pink hue and just enough of a different taste that it is obviously lemonade but with that little something extra.

freshly made pink lemonade.

In a blindfolded taste test the lemon would be very obvious. You would likely pick up on the fact there is something else there, but nothing pronounced enough to name.

Tips and Tricks for Making Fresh Lemonade

Squeezing lemons will result in the best flavor, but a bottle of lemon juice will work in a pinch. Use whichever you happen to have.

Dissolving the sugar in the water is pretty quick and easy. Just make sure the it is completely dissolved for the best experience.

Glasses of freshly made pink lemonade with slices of fresh lemon and metal straws.

Feel free to toss in slices of lemon, fresh berries or even some sprigs of mint. Do whatever makes you happy!

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the pink in pink lemonade?

The pink color can be from a variety of things including food dye, cranberry juice, strawberry puree or grenadine like we use in this recipe. The grenadine adds a nice slightly sweeter and fruitier flavor.

How long will homemade lemonade last?

Homemade lemonade can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you made to much to enjoy in a week, you can freeze the extra for later.

Is pink lemonade just strawberry?

No. While strawberry lemonade is delicious, pink lemonade is something different. It is slightly sweeter than regular lemonade and has a nice rounded flavor.

It is refreshing and pretty. Be sure to check out our recipe for step by step instructions on how to make pink lemonade.

More refreshing beverage recipes

A cold pitcher of cherry limeade is sure to cool you off and tickle your taste buds. Have your kids help squeeze the limes and reward them with a glass.

Aloha punch is always a hit at parties. It is family friendly and filled with fruit punch, pineapple juice, orange sherbet and more!

Slushy peach punch is family friendly and perfect for a party. It is refreshing, fun and easy to make.

Single glass of pink lemonade in tall collins glass with metal straw next to a whole lemon.

Peach and blueberry wine slushies are pretty, refreshing and only take a few ingredients and a couple of minutes to make!

Do you have a favorite version of lemonade? What are your favorite summer beverages?

Glasses of pink lemonade on ice.

Homemade Pink Lemonade

Servings: 8 Servings (1/2 Gallon)
Author: Carlee
A pitcher of fresh pink lemonade is a sure way to feel refreshed. Luckily it is easy to make at home. Just follow these simple instructions and you will be enjoying a sip of summer in no time. You can make a larger batch for parties too, just scale up the ingredients to match your needs.
5 from 11 ratings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • cups granulated sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • cups lemon juice
  • 2 to 3 Tablespoons grenadine


  • In saucepan over low heat, stir together sugar and water until the sugar is completely dissolve. Set aside to cool a bit.
    1½ cups granulated sugar, 4 cups water
  • Pour lemon juice, and sugar water into a half gallon pitcher. Add ice.
    1½ cups lemon juice
  • Stir in grenadine to taste.
    2 to 3 Tablespoons grenadine
  • Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.



Serving: 1ServingCalories: 173kcalCarbohydrates: 45gSodium: 18mgSugar: 42g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Monday 26th of July 2021

Sometimes lemonade is just too tart for me, but I like the idea of using Grenadine Syrup. I think that that should cut the tartness enough for me to enjoy the lemonade. Thank you for sharing.


Wednesday 28th of July 2021

I hope you do enjoy it!

Andrea Nine

Friday 23rd of July 2021

How did I not know this..about the grenadine, itโ€™s just GORGEOUS!


Friday 23rd of July 2021

It's good for more than just Shirley Temples! ๐Ÿ˜Š