Pickle lemonade is a unique and tangy beverage that combines the flavors of pickles and lemonade. It’s surprisingly refreshing and can be a fun and interesting drink to try. Here’s how to make pickle lemonade:
- 2 large dill pickles
- 1 cup pickle juice (from the pickle jar)
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)
- 12 cup sugar (adjust to taste)
- 4 cups water (divided)
- Ice cubes
- Lemon slices and pickle slices for garnish (optional)
- Prepare the Pickles:
- Start by slicing the two large dill pickles into thin rounds. These pickle slices will be used as a garnish for your lemonade.
- Make the Pickle Lemonade Base:
- In a blender, combine the pickle juice (from the pickle jar) and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Blend until well mixed.
- Sweeten the Lemonade:
- Transfer the lemon-pickle juice mixture to a pitcher.
- Add the sugar to the mixture and stir well until the sugar is completely dissolved. You can adjust the amount of sugar to your taste. If you prefer a sweeter lemonade, you can add more sugar.
- Add Water:
- Pour 2 cups of cold water into the pitcher and stir to combine. Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or tartness by adding more water or sugar if needed.
- Chill the Lemonade:
- Place the pitcher in the refrigerator and let the pickle lemonade chill for at least 30 minutes to an hour. Chilling allows the flavors to meld together.
- When you’re ready to serve, fill glasses with ice cubes.
- Pour the chilled pickle lemonade over the ice.
- Garnish each glass with a slice of pickle and a lemon slice, if desired.
- Serve your homemade pickle lemonade and enjoy the unique blend of sweet, tart, and tangy flavors.
Pickle lemonade can be an acquired taste, so it’s a good idea to start with a small batch and adjust the flavors to your liking. Some people enjoy it as a refreshing and unusual beverage, while others may find it an acquired taste. It’s a fun drink to try, especially if you’re a fan of pickles and are open to experimenting with different flavors.