Pink Lemonade Margaritas
There’s something about summer that just beckons you to turn lemons into lemonade. However, for adults, this pink lemonade margarita recipe will remind you of your youth and then remind you again, that sipping is sweet!
I’m about to share a simple, full-proof pink lemonade recipe you are sure to use over and over! Bookmark this post!
From lemonade to a Pink Lemonade Margarita
Tart, yet sweet, sippable, and refreshing, lemonade. However, don’t just stop at lemonade. Instead, make pink lemonade. From old-fashioned lemonade to pink lemonade and then a sippable summer cocktail you will love.
Icy, lemonade in a tall glass is pleasurable, but I’m going for the all-in lush-like alcoholic version of lemonade. I refer to my lemonade as a pink lemonade margarita. In fact, it has homemade lemonade in it, but then I amp it a bit by changing it to Pink lemonade, then, I go all-in and treat myself to a cocktail that rocks those lemons over ice: a pink lemonade margarita.
The process is short, easy and when you are done, the resulting pink lemonade margarita is quite the thirst-quenching, sippable reward!
Before A Pink Lemonade Margarita
In order to craft a pink lemonade margarita, I guess you could cheat and purchase pink lemonade, but I will tell you, it’s not the same. I mean, if you are into premade, sugary, syrupy lemonade, that leaves your mouth more parched than it was before, then definitely, shortcut.
However, what I have found is that if you break this simple, everyday Pink lemonade into 2 steps, lemonade then alcohol mix-ins, you will derive a very satisfying pink lemonade margarita.
Truly, a triumvirate of flavors that melt together for one fabulously refreshing, tart and tangy, summer cocktail: a pink lemonade margarita.
The Truth About this Pink Lemonade Margarita
I love margaritas and creating this pink lemonade margarita was a passion. It took about 1 dozen plus tries to get it right. My personal feelings on a margarita are as follows.
I’ve sipped on the best margaritas ever, and they are very close to my home. In fact, I understand why the police sit quite close to the local stop signs. One of these Margaritas will kick you on your ass.
So, the thing is, they are not intensely alcohol flavored, you don’t taste it going down, so if you taste tequila, you’ve done this all wrong. Instead, the classic margaritas taste I was going for and achieved is sweet, yet tart, with a cooling effect from the ice that also manages to water it down just enough to not get throat burn from the alcoholic content.
Please note, that you can get a wicked headache from these because these are meant for sipping, and chatting. One is great, 2 is almost beyond buzzed and well on the way to bombed. No driving, please!
Old Fashioned Lemonade: Base Flavor for the Pink Lemonade Margarita
You’ll definitely want to use room-temperature lemons. Using a cold lemon will not supply the fresh, pulpy, juice, nor the maximum flow of juice from the lemon.
In order to have the ‘best of’ in lemonade, you’ll need to allow the lemons you will be using to come to room temperature for a few hours or use defrost mode on the microwave. You want a very pliable, lemon so that you can squeeze the ever-living daylights out of its juice supply!
Tools For Squeezing Base Lemonade to Eventually Craft a Pink Lemonade Margarita
You have a few options to craft fresh-squeezed lemonade.
For all scenarios, make certain to use as mentioned above, room temperature lemons, and wash and rinse each lemon without exception. Now for the options. For each of the options below, you do need to slice the lemons you are working within half.
Take each half and squeeze it by hand. In order to get all the juice out, insert a fork into the pulp and squeeze.
Manual Press: squeeze each half with a hand-held squeezer, I use a stainless steel manual so this is my preference. This is a very efficient method and you can reserve the rind of each for your compost if you so choose.
Pro Citrus Squeezer. This particular item is very handy in the kitchen if you are often pressing citrus: grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, and albeit not citrus, pomegranates.
Hand squeezer with bowl: this one takes me back a bit, to my first squeezer, then I ditched it. But it is inexpensive and has practical applications so if you have it use it, just not my personal fave!
Keep the Simple in The Simple Syrup: Before the Pink Lemonade Margarita
In order to truly have a tasty, refreshing glass of lemonade, you’ll need a simple syrup. The best of simple syrups boast just what the name states. Simple.
There’s no magic here, other than the fact that you’ll use a pan and dissolve sugar in water. Watch the pot, no boilovers please because you don’t want to BOIL the simple syrup.
Simple syrup is a 1:1 ratio of water to sugar. Do note that you can use stevia or other sugar substitutes in this simple syrup.
I always bring my water to a boil without the sugar inside, then once it is boiling, I lower the heat, and add the sugar a little at a time to ensure no fast boilovers from the temperature. Once all the sugar is added in, I stir and place it on the medium-low heating element and make certain the sugar is dissolved and then I allow it to cool.
Since you have brought the temperature of the water to boiling, and then dissolved the sugar, this should be shelf-stable for up to 2 weeks. However, I do suggest refrigerating simply syrup for maintaining for later use and you can do so in the refrigerator.
Pink Lemonade Margarita: The Perfect Alcohol Content
As I wrote the above headliner, I did it on a baited tongue, as what is perfect for me, may not be for you. However, you can adjust the degree of alcohol content all on your own, an ounce at a time until you feel that YOUR pink lemonade margarita is perfection.
So while I created a balanced flavor, you can add more of the silver tequila or the other items to make this baby rock the world beneath your feet!
Pink Lemonade Margarita
- Quart Pot
- Measuring Cup
- Citrus Press
- strainer for seeds and pulp
- 1 Large Glass Mason Jar or Pitcher (48 ounces)
- 4 Mason Jars 12 Ounces Each
FOR THE SIMPLE SYRUP
- 1 c Water boiling
- 1 c sugr or sugar substitute
- 1 .23 oz packet pink lemonade koolaid mixture
FOR HOMEMADE PINK LEMONADE
- 2 c Freshly Pressed lemon Juice About 8-10 lemons
- 1 C Water
FOR PINK LEMONADE MARGARITAS
- 12 oz Silver Tequila
- 6 oz Triple Sec we used DEKUYPER you can use any you perfer
- 4 oz Sweet and Sour Mix This gives it the tang you want
To Prep Margarita Jars
- 1 c ice crushed, or cubes but filled to the top
- Combine equal ratios of sugar to water. Bring to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar, remove from heat. **Do not keep boiling and be very careful to not boil to spill
- Once the simple syrup is done boiling and the sugar is dissolved stir in packet of Pink Lemonade Koolaid Mix. Stir to dissolve. Set aside.
- Press the lemons into a measureing cup. Once you get 2 cups, use a strainer and strain the juice from the measuring cup into the tall mason jar or pitcher (whichever you are using). This will keep the pulp and seeds out of the drink.
- Once you've added the lemons into the jar, add in the simple syrup.
- Mix to combine. (shake if you are using a mason jar that has a lock in lid as I did.
- Next, add in tequila
- Then add in Triple Sec
- Now add in the sweet and sour mix.
- Either Shake (which I prefer) or mix well.
- Add ice to each mason jar (fill them to the top)
- Last add in Pink Lemonade Margarita mixture
- Cheers. Sip. Enjoy.
*Never drink and drive, do not drink if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, and drink responsibly if you do drink – Must be of legal age to consume alcohol. Friends don’t let friends drink and drive.