5 refreshing lemonade recipes perfect for summer sipping

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Lemonade is a timeless classic. It’s sweet, citrusy and, above all, refreshing. Made with sugar, water and, of course, lemons, few things hit the spot like a cold glass of lemonade on a hot summer day. If you love lemonade but are ready for an upgrade, look no further than TikTok. Here are five creative lemonade recipes you should try. 

1. Creamy lemonade

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Creamy lemonade is making a huge splash on TikTok! The trendy drink is made by filling a pitcher half full of ice, then adding lemon slices, lemon juice, sugar, water and condensed milk. TikToker @hayzeegirldesigns also recommends adding crushed strawberries and strawberry juice for some added color and sweetness. The condensed milk gives the lemonade a rich, creamy consistency that is unlike any lemonade you’ve ever had before!

2. Color-changing lemonade

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This color-changing lemonade is truly magical! To make it, TikToker @nicole_thenomad adds a quarter teaspoon of butterfly pea flower powder to a glass of water. The powder turns the water a rich blue color. Then she adds store-bought lemonade. As she pours the lemonade into the glass, the beverage slowly changes from blue to purple! According to Nicole, a chemical reaction between the butterfly pea flower powder and the lemonade causes the color to change, but it sure looks like magic!

3. 19th-century lemonade

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This lemonade recipe comes from a 19th-century cookbook! The recipe, which explains how to make “portable” lemonade, may be over a century old, but it’s just as useful now as it was back in 1866. To make it, TikToker @mort_allie combines sugar, citric acid and lemon essence. Then they add the mixture to a pitcher of water to make lemonade. The recipe may be simple, but that’s the point. Just take a tablespoon of lemonade powder with you, and you can make a glass of lemonade anywhere you go!

4. Sparkling rose lemonade

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This pink lemonade looks pretty and tastes even better. It’s made with lemon juice, rose syrup and sparkling water, and garnished with flower petals. The rose syrup gives the lemonade a unique floral flavor that sets it apart from traditional pink lemonade.

5. Maple mint lemonade

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Maple syrup and mint give this lemonade a ton of flavor. To make it, TikToker @thatdudecancook starts by peeling, slicing and de-seeding a lemon. He places the lemon slices in a mortar and pestle with some mint and muddles them for one minute. Then he mixes in maple syrup and lemon juice, and pours the mixture into a jug. Finally, he adds water and ice, and stirs it up. To serve the lemonade, @thatdudecancook lines a glass with thin lemon slices, adds ice to the glass, then strains the lemonade to remove any larger mint or lemon pieces.

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