Old-fashioned pink lemonade

April 9, 2013 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Old-fashioned pink lemonade recipe

Old-fashioned pink lemonade is as vintage as drinks come. Refreshing and pretty with just a hint of pink for all the romantics, it’s perfect for a lazy afternoon picnic. Relax and smile with a glass in your hand.

Recipe by Leila Saffarian 

Assisted by Nomvuselelo Mncube

Photograph by Graeme Borchers 

Assisted by Curtis Gallon 

Old-fashioned pink lemonade

Serves: 4
Cooking Time: 10 mins + 1 hr to chill


  • juice of 2 pink grapefruits
  • 1L (4 cups) still water
  • squeeze of lime juice
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) castor sugar
  • ice cubes, to serve
  • fresh mint, to serve
  • cucumber slices, to serve
  • fresh lime wedges, to serve



Combine all of the ingredients in a large jug and stir to dissolve the sugar.


Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.


Top with ice, mint, cucumber and lime before serving.


Leila's tip: Keep the lemonade cool and transport in flasks. Serve the lemonade with pretty striped straws.


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