9 Pink Lemonade Inspired Recipes
Though it’s admittedly the same thing as plain lemonade (+ some coloring), somehow pink lemonade just feels more refreshing and tastes more delicious—right? This original pink drink is sweetly reminiscent of childhood and downright cheerful, thus making it all kinds of perfect for summer fun. While you definitely can’t beat a frosty glass of cool, sweet-tart lemonade, we decided to go beyond the pitcher and apply the pink lemonade flavor profile to everything from breakfast rolls, to party punch, to over-the-top pies and cakes. Pucker up and enjoy.
Pink Lemonade Rolls
This playful take on the classic orange roll makes for a perfect treat for Mother’s Day, a bridal brunch, baby showers, or the next time you wanna bring a little extra cheer to you weekend breakfast spread. A tender, buttery dough encases a sticky lemon filling and is then glazed with a bright pink lemonade glaze. This sweet-tart glaze, which we make using powdered pink lemonade mix, is also a great way to spruce up a bundt cake, pound cake, muffins, or scones. We opted for Country Time brand lemonade mix, which you can find on the beverage aisle of your favorite supermarket.
Millennial Pink Lemonade Pie
Love it, hate it, or over it, nobody can deny that the color, ubiquitously deemed millennial pink across the Internet, is quite eye-catching and completely appropriate for springtime. And in honor of what seems to be the shade of the moment, we created this all-pink-everything pie. One important thing to note when making this bright and cheery dessert, you will definitely want to go with gel food colorings—instead of the standard liquid dyes you’ll typically find on the baking aisle of supermarkets—as these are a higher quality, more concentrated product that allows you to achieve more intense color, using less. Not to mention, they add significantly less moisture to the food you’re mixing them in to (which is key in this pie scenario). We like to use Wilton’s icing colors, which are a concentrated gel paste that you can find at most craft stores or specialty kitchen shops.
Pink Lemonade Meringue Cheesecake
This incredible cheesecake says, “special occasion” like no other. With a delightedly salty-sweet, crunchy pretzel crust (which balances its tangy filling perfectly) holding layers of pink lemonade curd and pink lemonade cheesecake, all of which is topped off with a striking pile of meringue, this dessert is nothing short of fabulous. That said, making this cake isn’t nearly as difficult as it appears. Both the filling and crust are made by whizzing together a few ingredients in the food processor. If your crust seems a little crumbly—don’t worry, that’s perfect; it will firm up beautifully after baking and cooling. We find the meringue to be a wow-worthy finishing touch, but if you opted to skip this element, your cheesecake is still going to be delicious. However, if you go all out and pile on the meringue, do note that it will begin to weep if you leave the cake standing out at room temperature for too long. So just be sure to pop any remaining cheesecake back into the fridge when you’re finished slicing and serving.
Pink Lemonade Icebox Cake
Delicate, thin purchased cookies are the secret to this stunning no-cook dessert. Look for options from Murray or Uncle Al's.
Pink Lemonade Cocktail
Berry Lemonade Bars
Guests will swoon when you send them home with these pretty treats. The strawberry version is sweet and rosy pink; the raspberry version, deeper mauve and tart. The lemon variation is straight-up puckery perfection. We mix the filling together just before the crust comes out of the oven and then pour it onto the hot crust so that it sets quickly.