Friday, May 27, 2011

Spiked Pink Lemonade - Pink Saturday



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a friend, met through blogging, who is having a special birthday tomorrow. Actually, her blog is celebrating its third anniversary. Beverly, who blogs at How Sweet the Sound began a meme called Pink Saturday three years ago. It's proved to be enormously popular and has a large number of followers who faithfully share something pink with other readers, each and every Saturday. I count myself in their number. I began posting "pink" food there about 2 years ago. It was a stretch, but Beverly allowed me to do it and, as a result, I made new friends and found a wider audience for my recipes. I couldn't let this anniversary pass without posting a celebratory drink that her readers can sip as they toast her success. This is really simple to make. If you like your lemonade with a kick, add vodka. If you prefer a non-alcoholic drink, omit it. It's a great summer drink and I think you'll find many occasions where it can be enjoyed. Here's how it's made.

Spiked Pink Lemonade...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Somewhere Splendid

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
4 cups water, divided use
1 cup fresh lemon juice
3 teaspoons grenadine or 2 drops red food coloring
4 ounces vodka (optional)

Directions:
1) To make simple syrup: Combine sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan set over medium heat. Stir mixture to dissolve. When mixture is clear remove from heat and set aside to cool.
2) Pour lemon juice into a pitcher. Add remaining 3 cups water and simple syrup. Stir in vodka (if using) and grenadine or food coloring. Chill. Serve over ice cubes. Yield: 4 servings.







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This post is being linked to:
Pink Saturday, sponsored by Beverly at How Sweet the Sound.

80 comments:

Jeannie said...

Every gal loves pink, me included and this pink lemonade of yours looks refreshing!

Kalpana Sareesh said...

lovely color thirst quenching!!!

Anna A. said...

You can spike my lemonade any time!

thecompletecookbook said...

That's the prettiest coloured lemonade. Have a happy weekend.
:-) Mandy

Priya said...

I want to finish that whole lemonade rite now, fantastic..

EliFla said...

WOW, MAry....I'm sure hubby is going to like this Pink LEmonade very much!!! Hugs, Flavia

Sunanda said...

Wow!! what else I can ask for..looks very refreshing

Sunanda said...

Wow!! what else I can ask for..looks very refreshing

Ola said...

Oh, I thought it's a rhubarb drink! Such a great idea - a lemonade with grenadine! I'm sure it is absolutely refreshing and little bit sweet - seems to be perfect for hot summer. Have a great day Mary!

Big Dude said...

It's refreshing just reading about it.

paula MARIANA said...

What a refreshing Mary and have a lovely color, give me a cup of it PLEASE?

kisses and have a good weekend!!

Mamatkamal said...

This pink lemonade looks gorgeous! I'm sure everyone will like it at home except for my son Kamal who hates PINK, because as he says: "I'm a big boy, PINK is for girls" lol :)
Have a nice weekend Mary and thanks for sharing.
Cheers

Clint said...

Looks wonderfully refreshing. Nice presentation, too. Have a wonderful weekend, Mary!

tandysinclair.com said...

anything with vodka other than orange juice, or tomato juice works for me! Have a blessed weekend Mary :)

My Little Space said...

This will definitely keep me cool! I need a glass right now. Quite thisty. :o) Have a lovely day, Mary.
Blessings, Kristy

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your lemonade sounds great! It will be 90 here today, I'm sure it would be refreshing:@)

Les rêves d'une boulangère (Brittany) said...

You know I've always wanted to know how to make lemonade...and it's even better that it's pink!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

I love pink lemonade and I am pretty certain I would love it even more spiked!

Kim said...

There's nothing better than pink lemonade in the summertime. Perfect for the pink saturday anniversary and perfect for the holiday weekend!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

Happy pink Saturday Mary and Beverly. It has certainly been a big success. Your pink lemonade is a perfect celebration drink.
Sam

Kim said...

It's a great summertime drink. I'll definitily prepare it lots of times (with vodka, but don't tell anyone:)

Rita said...

Looks so good and I'm sure it must taste perfect.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks so good! I enjoy seeing all the pinks, so many creative folks out there doing pretties in pink!
Have a great weekend!

Lucy said...

What a fun idea for a website, I love anything pink:D Hope you have a great Memorial Day weekend Mary!

Cooking Creation said...

Lovely photo, Mary! It looks so refreshing. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Inside a British Mum's Kitchen said...

What a wonderful pitcher of lemonade. It's my nine year old's birthday party on Sunday - I'm making it for them - minus the alcohol of course! The little girls will LOVE it!
I have some awards on my blog under the Chicken and Sweetcorn soup post and I wanted to share them with you, You have been so kind to a newcomer! I mentioned your blog, I hope that is ok! If you are interested in the awards please just copy and paste them and send them on!
Mary x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I would LOVE this drink! Sounds so yummy! ♥

Emily Malloy said...

Yumm! Give me some :)

Jenn said...

Well, Happy anniversary to your friend! And of course to you too for sticking with the pink saturday's! I love pink lemonade and I'm not going to lie, add a lot...er...I mean a little vodka to it and I won't turn it away!! :)

yummychunklet said...

What a great Pink Saturday submission! And so great because of Memorial Day picnics coming up!

Parsley Sage said...

I prefer 'kicked' pink lemonade :) Fantastic recipe, and well done on 3 years of pink awesomeness for Beverly!

sweetlife said...

love the pink concept and a perfect cooler to celebrate her pink saturdays!

sweetlife

PeggyR said...

Oh that sounds so good!

Miriam said...

The drink looks lovely :), enjoy your weekend!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

Swathi said...

I like your gesture, it is really hard to get a blogger friend who doesn't count as number. Nice pink Lemonade with awesome kick.

brandi said...

ooh, my mom would love this :)

Joanne said...

Pink food is some of the prettiest out there! This lemonade is gorgeous!

Mandy said...

Freshen up my soul, regenerate my energy! Wonderful!
Besides, it's PINK too!!

Eileen said...

What a great idea for Pink Saturday's 3rd birthday! Love this. I'm going to add it to my recipe collection for summer.

Wendy Irene said...

This would be wonderful for the weekend and I have a whole bunch of lemons right now just waiting to be used. Have a beautiful weekend, Mary!

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! You know how I am about Cocktail Friday! And I think I could love Pink Saturday just as much :) This looks lovely!

Sues

chefpandita.com said...

Beautiful lemonade... did you know pink is my favorite color? :D

Food Glorious Food! said...

AHHhhhhhhh I love any variation of lemonade.... especially in pink!

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

Mary--I'm so glad you commented on my blog so I could discover yours. I absolutely love it, and will definitely be following you from now on! This lemonade looks fantastic.

Heather said...

That actually made me start salivating. That looks SO GOOD. It might be perfect with the hot dogs we're planning to grill on Monday!

Ginny said...

Oh this is beautiful!!! I also clicked on the blue lemonade. This is something I would really love, I used to have the occasional mixed drink and really enjoyed them.

Nami @ Just One Cookbook said...

I almost always order pink lemonade at a restaurant, and your "spiked" lemonade is a nice one!!! I can have that right now - um almost 3pm on Friday. Why not. =) I blame for the beautiful pink color. Haha. Have a great weekend Mary!

LV said...

I could not resist dropping by to see what you would serve on Pink Saturday. Nothing better than a big, cold glass of pink lemonade.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Happy Pink Saturday!


Do you have a chair for me, please?
Yummy!


~ Gabriela ~

Alessandra said...

The idea of Pink Saturday is great :-), and I think that the pink lemonade (with vodka!!) is a good way to use vodka :-).

Ciao and have a great week end

Alessandra

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Mary,

It was wonderful to discover your beautiful blog, your photos and recipes look amazing. I look forward to coming back again for a visit.
The pink lemonade looks like a lovely way to quench ones thirst.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

Nicola @ unhip squirrel said...

This looks awesome and so refreshing for summer. It's definitely turning into patio time here in Montreal (though it doesn't look like it today) and I think that, next time the sun is out, I'll make a pitcher of this!

Karen Harris said...

This reminds me of my daughter as a little girl. We would make pink lemonade and sugar cookies during the summer and enjoy them while dangling our feet in the pool. Great memories. Great recipe.

Atelier de Charo said...

Refreshing, delicious!

Happy Pink Saturday sweet friend!

Hugs
Charo

Jennifer Scull said...

you may pass a glass this way, please! looks yummy! :)
happy Pink Saturday!

thedelishdishblog said...

thank you for your very sweet comment Mary! I certainly am impressed by all the wonderful recipes on your blog and am excited to follow!
and the pink lemonade looks gorgeous!! I will have to make it for our next girls happy hour!

Kate@Diethood said...

I can't wait to try this!! Thank you for sharing, Mary!

Guvi said...

Having just returned to hot, humid NY, I could certainly use about 2 pitchers of your wonderful and refreshing drink! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Soma said...

It is 97F here and this is all I need right now! Thanks for the link Mary.

My turn to go to India now! Jaipur and all and my home:) I hope I can get as close to the villages & locales as you did. we have our homes, but it is still different to be getting one with the crowd - something we don't usually do!

Michelle said...

Happy pink saturday Mary. The pitcher of pink lemonade looks so inviting...would love to cover over and have a glass and chat with you and I'd even stay for dinner if you invited me....too bad there are so many miles between us, you'd probably be feeding a whole lot of us if it weren't the case.

Light and Voices said...

I haven't visited you for awhile. I will save you in my favorites. I've missed you oh so much. Pink lemonade is the best and spiked well, now that is another story. Someone will have to pick me up off the floor afterward this Pink Saturday celebration. tee hee.
Joyce M

Tasha said...

I LOVE lemonade. And this spiked version is a perfect summer treat.

Treat and Trick said...

Such a beautiful and great drink, want a glass right now...

Jay said...

bookmarked this delicious recipe...would have been fab if you were my neighbour..:)

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Elaine said...

What a fun meme. I love pink lemonade.

JasmyneTea said...

Looks tempting :) Surprisingly I've never had lemonade, but I'd love a sip of yours!

What's Baking?? said...

So refreshing..will be great on a hot day to quench the thirst! Don't mind a big pitcher of it.

Jann said...

Pink is perfect~in many shapes and forms!

~~louise~~ said...

Spiked! Pink! Lemonade! Yes, yes!!!

Thanks for sharing, Mary...

Gen said...

Oh I just love pink lemonade but never made some, I shall try very soon!

Nicole Blean said...

Lemonade is perfect for Pink Saturday's 3rd birthday!

Pat said...

Happy PS 3rd Birthday. There's a lot to celebrate! Thanks for the recipes - delicious!

Annesphamily said...

The drink looks so refreshing. I think once the warmer sets in it will be a perfect addition to a patio party. HPS and thanks for all the great recipes here! Anne

Buttercup said...

Happy Pink Saturday! The lemonade looks perfect and I think I'll take mine with vodka. Have a great weekend.

Claudia said...

I love everyone's Pink Saturday's posts but today - yours is the most celebratory. Toasting you and Pink Saturday with just a tad-spiked pink lemonade.

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

I've always preferred pink lemonade to the plain kind- Yours is beautiful! I hope you're having a wonderful weekend! :)

Nancy said...

I love the idea of using grenadine for "pink"! This will be put to use with our endless supply of backyard lemons.

Happy Pink Saturday! I'm still visiting around. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Mary. Pink Saturdays wouldn't be the same without you. Of course my computer monitor was much cleaner before I started licking it hoping to get a taste of some of your divine delights.♥

And, speaking of pink and divine, I would love, love, love some of this pink lemonade right now. We are having a hot and humid day, and this would cool me and make me not mind the humidity.

L.T. said...

I tried this yesterday and it was delicious. I used stevia instead of sugar and it woked perfectly.

That Girl said...

I love pink lemonade. I just wish there was a more exotic way to make it pink than grenadine or food coloring. Like pink lemons!

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