Perfect Pink Lemonade

DSCN3608 Traditionally, lemonade is a summertime drink, but with the approach of Valentine’s Day, we mixed up a pitcher of it using our favorite recipe for homemade pink lemonade.   DSCN3592 We started with four lemons, which we left on our counter top for about half an hour, so they would be extra juicy.   DSCN3603 We squeezed the juice outta ’em using an old-fashioned citrus juicer, then mixed the juice with a sugar-water syrup.   DSCN3644 We added a large spoonful of grape juice concentrate and about 6 cups of cold water (around here, we like our lemonade strong). Then we stirred it all together and refrigerated it, before serving it over ice. It would also be lovely served over lemon wedges. If you go that route, be sure to purchase an extra lemon, or reserve a few slices before juicing them.   DSCN3653

Perfect Pink Lemonade

1  1/2 – 2 cups sugar (according to desired sweetness)
2 cups water (for simple syrup)
2 cups lemon juice
1 – 2 Tbsp. grape juice concentrate
8 cups cold water (to dilute)

Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and 2 cups water in a small sauce pan until sugar is completely dissolved. While the sugar is dissolving, extract the juice from enough lemons to make 2 cups lemon juice (6-8 lemons). Add the juice and the sugar-water to a large pitcher. Stir in grape juice concentrate until the lemonade is the perfect shade of pink. Add enough of the cold water to dilute to desired strength. Refrigerate for 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little too sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice. Serve with ice and sliced lemons. Serves 12.   Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life! ~Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

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