Pink lemonade is my favorite and we serve this drink in our house all year round. It is super easy to make, beautiful in color, and can be very nutritional if you make it right. To make healthy pink lemonade, you will need fresh ingredients and cut out highly processed ingredients so you can enjoy the full benefits of the lemonade. In this post, I will share how to make pink lemonade that you can feel good about drinking and serving.
A perfect lemonade is sweet, sour with some tartness to it. It is all about flavor balance. This drink is pack with vitamin C, folate, and other vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. Drinking lemonade has many health benefits, including weight loss, immune boost, lowering cholesterol, etc. This healthy and beautiful rose-tinted refreshing pink lemonade should be every household must have in their kitchen. The rose color alone is cheerful, and it gives you a sense of calm. Fancy up your pink lemonade by serving it in a pitcher and garnish it with mint leaves and lemon slices. It will bring your lemonade to the next level.
What makes the pink in pink lemonade?
It depends on where you buy your pink lemonade from, the color pink could come from red food coloring, grenadine, or red fruit juice like cranberry juice, cherries, raspberry, or watermelon juice. Skip the food coloring and opt-in for a natural option.
Are pink lemons used to make pink lemonade?
Pink lemonade usually isn't made with pink lemons. However, you can use pink lemons to make lemonade. Pink lemons are naturally sweeter than yellow lemon, so they are perfect for lemonade. Pink lemons, however, is not pink when being juiced. It is clear with some pink pigment, but it is not the bright pink you are imagining. If you are going to use pink lemons, you will still need to add a splash of red juice. Pink lemons are best suited for their juice and zest, so if pink lemon is available, give pink lemon a try.
What is the difference between pink lemon and lemon?
Pink lemon has a rose colored flesh. As the lemon matures, the color pink flesh intensifies and less acidic as they are. Pink lemon is often described as sweeter and less tart than a regular lemon. Pink lemon have a subtle fruity and floral flavor, so they are great for lemonade.
Tips and tricks for making homemade pink lemonade:
- Pick the right lemon- Pink lemonade is traditionally made with regular yellow lemon juice. When picking lemon, you want a firm but not hard, slightly heavy, bright yellow, and smooth skin lemons. The right lemon will give you more juice, and that is what you need to make lemonade.
- The Pink Color - The color pink can be created in many different ways. But ditch your artificial dye and use fresh ingredients like strawberries, raspberries, cherries, watermelon, or cranberry juice. Feel free to use more than one and go creative. If fresh is not available, you can swap for puree.
- Sweetener- Say no to added artificial sweetener. The fruit you add will naturally add sweetness. But if it is not enough, you can add raw honey, pure maple syrup, date syrup, or pomegranate molasses..
- Bubbly- If you want something slightly more bubbly, you can reduce the amount of water used and add soda water/seltzer in at the end of blending.
- Go Fancy- Fancy up your lemonade with ingredients like ginger, turmeric, dried lavender, or herbs.
- Blending At the Right Speed- When blending everything in your blender, use low speed to blend. High speed blending will cause a white foam layer to occur.
is pink lemonade good for you
If you are purchasing a store brought lemonade, they are highly likely to contain a high amount of sugar, making them high in calories. Some could even have more sugar than coca-cola that which makes them an unhealthy drink. The store brought pink lemonade also contains artificial red dye. According to the research, red dye #3 is considered a carcinogen (cancer-causing chemical). Research also shows that people who are sensitive to food dye could experience a variety of adverse reactions such as skin rash, migraine, joint pain, hyperactivity, respiratory issues, digestive issues, and much more. Regardless, red dye is an ingredient you should avoid consuming.
Homemade lemonade, on the other hand, can be much healthier for you. It all depends on how you make your pink lemonade. It is more nutritious and better for you if you use freshly squeezed lemon juice rather than powder or concentrated lemon juice. Powder and concentrate are not as nutritional as freshly squeezed, and they could contain other ingredients. When you make your own lemonade, you are also more mindful and make wise decisions on what type of sugar to use and how much to use. At least one can hope. When it comes to sweetening your lemonade, there are many natural ways to do it without using added sugar. Read below to learn more.
Healthy Sweetener Option
There are many ways to sweeten your lemonade without adding any sugar. One way I like to sweeten up my lemonade is to blend freshly squeezed lemon with Medjool dates and some sort of red-ish fruit like strawberry (for the pink color) and then filter it through a strainer. Dates are concentrated sources of sugar, and they are considered low glycemic. Plus, they offer additional nutrients, so it makes them a great sugar replacement. Some fresh fruit like watermelon is high in sugar content and will also help sweeten your lemonade naturally. Another healthier alternative replacement for sugar is using real fruit juice that is naturally super sweet, like watermelon juice. If these options are not sweet enough for you, other healthier option includes raw honey, pure maple syrup, date syrup, or pomegranate molasses.
How To Make Pink Lemonade
My Pink Lemonade Recipe
This is general guide but feel to adjust to your own liking.
6 Cups of Water
4-5 Pitted Medjool Dates
2 Cups Fresh Strawberry/Watermelon/Raspberry
4-5 Small Lemons/ Pink Lemons
Mint For Garnish
Lemon Peel For Garnish
Directions: Blend strawberry, fresh squeezed lemon juice, and dates with water in a blender. Blend until its finely chopped. You can filter it if you don't want the pulp through a strainer.
Summary Of How To Make Your Pink Lemonade Healthy
- Be mindful of what type of sugar you use and how much to use.
- Use fresh ingredients and avoid processed ingredients for maxmium nutritional benefits.
- Avoid using artificial coloring and use fresh fruits to sweeten your lemonade.