Last updated January 17, 2015

For this Vegas girl, lemonade season is in the winter. Sure I enjoy a refreshing glass when temps top 100 degrees, but my Meyer lemon tree doesn’t produce its beautiful golden fruit until December.

Skinny Pink Lemonade from Zestuous

December 1st to be exact. I woke up this beautiful 75-degree morning to more than 100 lemons ready for the picking.

I planted my citrus trees about eight years ago. In addition to Meyer lemons, I have a lime tree, mandarin orange tree and a variegated pink lemonade tree. I had never seen pink lemons before, but I grew up drinking pink lemonade (made from concentrate).

Skinny Pink Lemonade from Zestuous

When I bought this tree, I actually thought fresh pink lemonade must come from pink lemons.

Turns out I was wrong. Pink lemonade is just regular lemonade with a red sweetener added like grenadine, cranberry juice or raspberry juice.

Skinny Pink Lemonade from Zestuous

You can use pink lemons, too, but they’re not easy to find and my tree only produces about 10 lemons a year. So I use them as a pretty garnish instead. It always brings about fun conversation because most people have never seen pink lemons.

I don’t like my lemonade super sweet, and I don’t like to drink my calories (unless there is booze involved), so I made this gorgeous pink lemonade skinny by using Truvia. The whole pitcher has less than 150 calories. If you don’t care about the calories, you can replace the Truvia with ½-cup sugar.

It may seem strange to think of lemonade in December, but it’s really a great light, colorful drink to serve over the holidays.

Skinny Pink Lemonade

Skinny Pink Lemonade


  • 5 Meyer lemons
  • 4 cups water
  • ¼ cup Truvia (or ½ cup sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons grenadine syrup

Microwave four lemons for 30 seconds. (this makes them easier to juice.)

Place a sieve over a pitcher and juice each lemon. The sieve will collect the seeds and pulp.

Four lemons should yield 1 cup of juice.

Bring 1 cup water and ¼ cup Truvia (or ½ cup sugar) to a boil in a small pot.

Combine the lemon juice, Truvia syrup, 3 cups water and grenadine in a pitcher.

Add lemon slices to the pitcher and garnish each glass with a slice.

Serve over ice.