[Lemonade Day Detroit] I Heart Lemonade

This is the second recipe in a series of fun, delightful and refreshing lemonade recipes for Lemonade Day Detroit.

Sometimes I just want a plain vanilla ice cream cone with rainbow sprinkles, regardless of all the fun blizzard/flurry flavors available. I’m the same way with lemonade—I love mint, lavender, basil, strawberry and other unique flavors occasionally, but sometimes I just want simple—so here’s the lemonade equivalent of a vanilla cone with sprinkles!

I made good ol’ fashion lemonade and used food coloring and heart-shaped ice cube trays to make adorable little ice cubes to spruce up the classic favorite.

[Lemonade Day Detroit] I Heart Lemonade
Cuisine: Beverage
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Serves: 4-6
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water (for simple syrup)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3-4 cups water
  • Extra water to fill desired amount of ice cube trays
  • Your favorite color liquid food coloring
  1. (For ice cubes) Fill ice cube trays with water.
  2. Add one drop of desired food coloring choice to each.
  3. Use a straw or toothpick to mix.
  4. Freeze overnight.
  5. (For simple syrup) Heat water in sauce pan until slightly boiling.
  6. Add sugar and mix until completely dissolved.
  7. (For lemonade) Pour 4 cups of cold water into pitcher.
  8. Add the lemon juice and the simple syrup to taste.
  9. If necessary, add a little more straight lemon juice or simple syrup to your desired taste.
  10. Extra: add a splash of cranberry juice to make it pink if you'd like!
  11. Drop in one (or two!) heart-shaped colored ice cubes.

I love how the color stays at the top of the liquid as the ice cubes melt. I made purple and orange by mixing smaller drops of their primary color counterparts together. The colors look really dark while they’re in the tray, but they look perfect while floating in the lemonade.

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Kids LOVE anything tie-dyed or brightly colored (so do I) and if you’re an adult, well you know what goes great with lemonade and cranberry juice… so enjoy!

If you’re hungry for more information about Lemonade Day, visit Detroit.LemonadeDay.org to register and get your questions answered!


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