Homemade Pink Lemonade Without Additives

April 24, 2012

Homemade pink lemonade can be made without additives and artificial colors.  By making juices at home, like this lemonade, you eliminate excess sugar and can use all-natural products.  A small amount of all -natural cranberry juice is added to the lemonade to give it that beautiful pink color.  You can added other flavors to this recipe like mint or use it as a base for cocktails. 


3/4 cup sugar
Zest from 2 lemons
6 cups water, divided
2 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 12-15 lemons)
1/3 cup all natural cranberry juice
pinch of salt


In a saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest, and 1/2 cup water. Bring the liquid to a boil over medium high heat until sugar is dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.

In a pitcher, combine 5 1/2 cups water with lemon juice, cranberry juice, and salt.

Strain the syrup and add to lemonade. Stir to combine.

Serve chilled.

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