Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Pink Lemonade (All natural)

If you have girls, you would understand how obsessed they are about pink and purple. I still don't get it, but that is how my kids are. If we go grocery shopping, my younger one wants almost every thing in there. But since I tell her that we make better and healthy stuff at home, she has stopped asking for food items except for few things. Last week, when we went grocery shopping, she saw bottles of pink lemonade and instead of asking me to buy it for her, she asked if I could make it at home. I said yes and bought a bag of lemons. I was thinking of just dropping a drop or two of red food coloring to make it pink. Then I saw cherries next to it and thought of using them instead to color. Here comes delicious pink lemonade that is home made and all natural. (If you are one of those who don't consider sugar as natural, then it is not for you.)

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Lemon Juice - freshly squeezed 1 cup (I used about 6 lemons)
Sugar - 1 cup (you can use 3/4 cup if you don't want it sweet)
Water - 3 cups divided use
Cherries - 12 - 15 stalk removed (no need to pit them)

Place one cup of water with sugar in a saucepan and keep it on heat. Drop the cherries in it. Stir to prevent sugar from sticking to the bottom. When it starts simmering, take a potato masher and gently mash the cherries. It will start oozing out the color. Let it come to a rolling boil and remove from heat. At this point, if you have saved the lemon rind after squeezing the juice, you can drop a few of them into the sugar syrup to enhance the flavor.
In a pitcher, mix lemon juice and the remaining 2 cups of water. When the sugar syrup comes to room temperature, strain the cherries and sugar mixture and add it to the pitcher. Gently press the pulp with the back of the spoon to get all the juices out. Discard the pit and skin. Chill and serve.

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  1. Using cheries is a great way to get the pink color naturally. Lemonade looks great. Looks like your little one loved it too.

  2. Oh how sweet of your kid to ask to make things at home that she sees in the shop... She expresses how much you know and has agreed that you can do much better than the readymade ones... kudos to you... that is a big big win..
    and this pink lemonade is delicious...
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  3. Refreshing and tasty looking lemonade for the summer.

  4. A very innovative way to impart pink colour love the flavor of cherries in lemonade... Todays post : http://nayanas-kitchen-kreations.blogspot.in/2013/05/nutty-butter-pulav.html

  5. Pinks and purples and little girls!! Even my niece Hima is very fond of everything in pink-color and ´pupple´-color! Nice recipe to add color and some nutrients!

  6. Excellent lemonade, love the way u prepared this pink lemonade with cherries.

  7. I have two girls aged 6 and 4 and their room is fll of pink stuff. Nice idea to use cherries for pink lemonade.

  8. Refreshing beverage! Loving the colour!


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