Pretty Pink Lemonade

Lemonade is a great summery drink to have on hand at all times. And when it is pretty pink lemonade, it is even better.

Pretty Pink Lemonade

Pink lemonade is the Jake Ryan of the lemonade world. It’s pretty, for sure. And you want to be seen with it in your hand. But when it all comes to light, there’s really not much to it.

Believe me, it’s painful to say that about Jake Ryan. But for me, the light was shed on him a long time ago. I didn’t always find him vapid and shallow. A high school English teacher made me this cynical bitch who can no longer fully enjoy Sixteen Candles for all it is worth. Jake Ryan likes Samantha because she is always looking at him. Those are his exact words. He openly notes that he could “get a piece of ass” any time he wants. So yeah, he’s a real charmer.

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Clearly, Samantha loves him for the same reason we all do. He’s pretty. Easy on the eyes. So cool. And that’s kind of how pink lemonade is, in a way. It’s pretty. The kind of drink you want to carry around and sip all summer, because it is pretty. When it boils down to it, there isn’t really a lot to pink lemonade. A good cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup and a lot of cool water. Then, the main ingredient that makes it pink – Grenadine. Just a few splashes of the sweet syrup gives you a nice pink hue and a huge depth of flavor. It adds a little somethin’ somethin’ to your lemonade.

Pretty Pink Lemonade

Prep Time: PT10 M

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Yield: serves 6


  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 3 Tbsp. Grenadine
  • 6 cups water


  1. Combine water and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until sugar fully dissolves. Pour sugar mixture into a pitcher.
  2. Pour lemon juice and Grenadine into the pitcher with the sugar. Top with 6 cups water.
  3. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

48 thoughts on “Pretty Pink Lemonade

    • Oh man… So where do you stand on Andrew McCarthy?! He was always paired with Molly and was fantastic! I absolutely adored him! Especially in Mannequin but that is an entirely different story…

  1. But that’s what’s so great about Sixteen Candles – we can all relate. And we so want to be Molly Ringwald until we grow up and realize we want so much more than Jake Ryan!

  2. I’d probably cry if someone ruined 16 Candles for me. But you know what? The older i get, the more I just wanna shake Molly and say “hey, it isn’t always about you! Life is bigger than you!” But I was that exact 15-year old chick, too. Oh, Molly.

    • I definitely wanted to cry when the movie was ruined for me. But in retrospect, he was totally right! I DO want to shake her! :)

  3. Okay, so I must admit that I’ve never actually seen 16 Candles (sorry! I know that’s terrible). But I can totally appreciate the “pretty boy” aspect of this pink lemonade, nonetheless. It looks wonderful, and there’s nothing wrong with a simple, but delicious recipe.

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