Did you know pink lemonade was made with pink lemons? I'm not gonna lie, I never had thought about it.
So one day I was killing time in Fresh Market between appointments when I noticed pink lemons. The summer had been dragging on, and even though it's time for a different type of drink, I couldn't resist.
The pink lemons went into my cart.
Isn't it fun to try a new fruit or vegetable that you've never used before? Using the pink lemons, we made the most refreshing and beautiful Pink Lemonade for a picnic we had planned with some of our closest friends.
Have you ever used pink lemons? I'm planning to go back for more because I'm sure they would be delicious on top of a lemon pound cake or on the grill!
The lemons are lightly pink; they almost look like a pink grapefruit. Trust me though, they are lemons and they are sour! The pink color is very deceiving as you almost expect them to be sweet.
The juice is pink but when you add water it becomes a very light shade of pink. We wanted our pink lemonade to be a darker shade of pink but we didn't want to use food coloring.
Store-bought pink lemonade is artificially colored
We have avoided food coloring for at least two decades. The main reason is that artificial color has been proven to increase hyperactivity in children. Although, there are several other reasons. Would you like to read an article on the topic in the future?
That's when it came to me; we had some beetroot powder. About a quarter to one-half teaspoon is all it takes to get the color we were hoping for.
I used products that I received from Pyure Organic Stevia to create this recipe.
While I usually drink plain water, it's nice to have a refreshing lemonade on a sunny afternoon. Still, I'd rather skip the calories. While my kids enjoy organic cane sugar; I prefer not to drink my calories. This lemonade recipe tastes absolutely delicious sweetened with stevia.
Naturally Pink Lemonade
- 4 Pink Lemons
- sweetener *see notes
- 2 quarts water divided
- optional: 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon beet root powder
- Wash and squeeze lemons
- Boil 1 cup of water, add to sugar, stirring well, add 7 more cups water
- Add pink lemon juice
- If desired add 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of beet root powder to make your drink more pink!
- 1/2 - 3/4 cup organic cane sugar
- about 1/2 cup of Pyure Organic granulated erythritol
- 7-8 packets Pyure Organic Stevia (taste as you go to get it the level of sweetness you prefer)
My mom is like me in that she prefers to have anything she eats or drinks sweetened with stevia rather than sugar. She's a long time Pyure stevia user and finds that lemonade sweetened with sugar doesn't work for her. Thankfully she is a super healthy lady!
Do you prefer sparkling drinks? Give this Sparkling pink lemonade recipe a try. If you want to know more about why and how I quit sugar, or try some sugar-free recipes here are a few articles:
- 14 Things We Do to Lower the Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
- Blame it all on sugar; the white stuff is killing us
- Beating Sugar Addiction: 3 Scientifically Proven Cornerstones of Success
- Pantry Makeover; ditch the sugar!
- Balance Blood Sugar for Better Results from Your Workout
- Break the Sugar Addiction Menu Plan
- 2 Break Sugar Addiction Menu Plan
- 3 Break the Sugar Addiction Menu Plan
- 4 Break the Sugar Addiction with BONUS
- Step 6 Replace Sugary Desserts and Treats
- Low Carb Salted Caramel Peanut Crunch Chocolate Bars