Make your own sparkling pink lemonade, with freshly squeezed lemons and homemade strawberry raspberry syrup, for an unforgettable summer cocktail or punchbowl.
Why you’ll love it: It’s a fun and “berry” flavorful summer beverage!
How long it takes: 20 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes to chill the berry syrup.
Equipment you’ll need: saucepan, fine mesh strainer, pitcher
I think I’m in love with this sparkling pink lemonade. Isn’t it pretty? Light and refreshing, pink lemonade is a perfect summer drink. A great cocktail with the addition of vodka or kid-friendly without, it’s a very enjoyable drink both kids and adults will appreciate.
Many sparkling pink lemonades get their “pink” from food coloring, grenadine, or cranberry juice. I think you’ll agree that this recipe is ten times better because of the addition of fresh fruit syrup.
Fresh strawberries and raspberries are simmered with lemon juice and sugar to make a very berry flavored syrup that adds so much more than a pink hue to your drink.
About this sparkling pink lemonade
One of the things I like best about this drink is that it isn’t overly sweet. I’m not a big fan of sugary drinks. I don’t like the taste or the extra calories. Non-sugary drinks seem to be a trend right now, too.
If you’re a fan of the flavored seltzer drinks that are super popular right now (LaCroix, Bubly, Spindrift are a few examples), you’ll love this sparkling pink lemonade. The main ingredient is seltzer, which is sugar-free carbonated water. Water with bubbles!
With the addition of freshly squeezed lemon juice and fresh berry syrup, the end result is a very flavorful and light drink. And, of course, vodka is optional but nice.
The fresh berry syrup is easy to make and can be made ahead of time. Simply simmer strawberries, raspberries, lemon juice, and sugar until the berries are super soft and mushy, and the mixture is syrupy looking. Strain through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds and pulp.
The berry syrup is combined with more fresh lemon juice, lots of seltzer, and ice to make this delicious fizzy berry lemonade.
Serve sparkling pink lemonade over ice in a pitcher, individual glasses, or in a punch bowl. Garnish with fresh strawberries, raspberries, lemon slices, or mint sprigs. A lemon twist is extra festive. Enjoy!
Make It Your Own
- Make a half-batch or a double batch. This recipe is easily halved or doubled.
- Use frozen berries instead of fresh.
- Instead of seltzer, add a flavored carbonated water, like LaCroix. Some flavors that would work perfectly are Berry, Lemon, or Cran-Raspberry.
- Substitute tequila for the vodka, or add more seltzer for a non-alcoholic drink.
I just love literal thinkers! Does chocolate milk come from brown cows?
No, pink lemonade isn’t made out of pink lemons although I was a little surprised to find that variegated Eureka lemons can have a pinkish hue.
There are lots of ways to add the “pink” in pink lemonade. Strawberry and/or raspberry syrup are used in this recipe. I love this watermelon lemonade which is a lovely rose color. Cranberry juice can be added or even red dye. Grenadine, a cocktail mixer which is made from pomegranate juice, is another way to add color to lemonade.
Fruit juice beverages contain vitamin C and other good-for-you nutrients but added sugar and alcohol put pink lemonade cocktails into a treat category. On the other hand, this sparkling pink lemonade recipe is fairly low in sugar, perfect for those of us who enjoy cocktails that aren’t overly sweet. Each one cup serving (which includes ice) is only 97 calories.
Squeeze the lemons and prepare the fresh berry syrup a day or two ahead and refrigerate in separate jars or containers. Right before serving, combine the ingredients as directed.
Note: Once the seltzer and ice are added, you should serve the drink as soon as possible. Leftovers may be watered down and flat.
More Drink Ideas
Looking for refreshing summer beverages and cocktails? Try:
- Grapefruit and Elderflower Cocktail
- Bay Breeze Recipe –with cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and vodka
- Classic Gin and Tonic Recipe including tips to make the best!
- Pomegranate Mojito
- Vodka Lemonade
- Strawberry Watermelon Slushie Spritzer
- 2 cups sliced strawberries
- 1 cup raspberries
- 2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 liter bottle of seltzer water
- 1 cup vodka (see note)
- Place strawberries, raspberries, lemon juice, and sugar in a sauce pan and heat over high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to low boil/high simmer and allow to simmer for 5-8 minutes, until mixture becomes syrupy. Stir occasionally. Berries should be pretty much liquified.
- Strain mixture well through fine mesh strainer, pressing syrup out of berries. Allow berry syrup to cool at least 30 minutes or overnight in the fridge.
- When ready to serve, pour seltzer water and vodka into a gallon pitcher, add 2 to 3 cups of ice and stir.
- Pour berry syrup into pitcher and stir well. Serve over ice.
- Garnish with berries, lemon slices, or mint sprigs. Makes 16 one cup servings including ice.
- Non-alcoholic version: Replace vodka with the same amount of additional seltzer or plain water.
- Fresh or frozen berries may be used to make berry syrup.
- Berry syrup can be made up to a week ahead. It can be used to make individual drinks or a pitcher.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.