Pink Lemonade… So refreshing and perfect for summertime. This month, my focus was on all of the wonderful things we can do with lemons – and we’re starting off with this delicious recipe for pink lemonade. First, because it’s awesome – I love to mix up a pitcher, add just a touch of vodka, and have a “grown-up” afternoon by the pool. Second, I use the ingredients from this pink lemonade recipe to create a pink lemonade cake next week!
I’ve made a pink lemonade cake in the past, and I wasn’t in love with it – first of all, one of the ingredients was frozen pink lemonade concentrate – Now, I just don’t understand the point of a scratch cake when you’re adding something like frozen concentrate or (and I know it makes me a baking snob) Jello. This sent me on a quest to find out exactly what makes pink lemonade pink, anyway?
There are two schools of thought here – either strawberries or raspberries. After doing a little research, the addition of raspberries seemed like the most authentic, and I knew they’d pair wonderfully with the lemon juice to make a pitcher full of pink lemony goodness!
This recipe makes a ton of raspberry simple syrup, which keeps quite nicely in an air tight container in the fridge. This is a good thing, since we’ll need about 1/2 cup next week!
As a bonus this week, we’re also making candied lemon peels – you can make candied peels of nearly any citrus fruit and they’re great for garnishes and also for eating by themselves – I’ve made them for the Christmas holidays in the past, and they were a big hit!
This video contains the tutorial for the Raspberry Simple Syrup and also the Candied Lemon Peels – They were easy to make in the same tutorial so the same video will be posted on both recipes!