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Drink Recipe: Signature Pink Lemonade Cocktail

As some of you know, I also run a wedding blog, the Inspired Bride. Today on IB, I’m sharing a shoot that I put together with some of my friends that has a splendid pink lemonade recipe I worked on while trying to find a balance of ingredients that not only tasted great but had the perfect shade of pink. While I won’t be sharing the shoot here, I thought I’d share the recipe – it is getting warmer, after all, and what better summer drink is there than a pink lemonade?

Image by Paper Antler.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup room temperature water
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 3 teaspoons grenadine
  • vodka (optional)


Create simple syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and place the saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture occasionally to help it dissolve, if necessary, then remove the saucepan from the heat when the sugar has completely dissolved. Set aside to cool.

Pour the lemon juice (either fresh squeezed or store bought is fine) into a pitcher. Dilute the lemonade with the cold water, then add the simple syrup and grenadine and stir thoroughly to combine. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Optional: To create an alcoholic version, add vodka to taste and mix thoroughly before chilling. The recommended amount of alcohol is approximately 4 to 6 ounces, depending on how strong you prefer it.

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  1. vodka is totally mandatory :-) can’t wait to sip this on a hot summer day

    Gloria     Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  2. My husband discovered that raspberry vodka is the perfect addition to pink lemonade. It’s the most delicious summer drink…reminds me of backyard parties and days on the boat! ;)

    brandi     Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  3. The drink looks lovely! Where did you get the gold stars? I am throwing my sister-in-law a baby shower and the theme is “A Star is Born,” and I think they would be perfect!

    Kimberly     Wednesday, May 4, 2011
  4. Ah! I love it. I can find nothing wrong with adorably girly boozing. Thanks for sharing.

    Cooking Agents     Thursday, May 5, 2011
  5. I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS DRINK! Can I get married again just to serve these? And the stars! So glad I found you!

    foodies at home     Thursday, May 5, 2011
  6. i want to try it!!!

    PASTELLER     Saturday, May 7, 2011
  7. i add soda instead of vodka, it’s ok too…perhaps you wanna try some new ^____^

    PASTELLER     Saturday, May 7, 2011
  8. this might become my new go-to drink on those sunny saturdays ahead. thanks for sharing!

    elissa :: ebb & flow     Monday, May 9, 2011
  9. This might be the most summery looking drink I have ever seen! Love it!

    Jen Pinkston     Friday, May 13, 2011
  10. Looks gorgeous ànd tasty. Definitely going to try this!

    isje     Sunday, July 17, 2011
  11. love your website

    margarita     Tuesday, November 13, 2012