If you are tired of the same old homemade lemonade recipe, then, make this super easy and fancy beet lemonade recipe. Made from fresh lemonade and without any artificial sugars
This post was originally published in 2014. Click here to go to Version 1 of this recipe
“Heat Advisory: Temperatures could feel like 110°F” – Orlando Sentinal
These are the kinds of headlines I have seen in my local news almost every day for the last two weeks.
That’s Florida Living. The heat has been BRRUUtal lately making me crave pitchers of lemonade!
Tips for Making This Beet Lemonade
- Use fresh beets only and not beet juices. The juices are from concentrate
- My hands were stained for days after handling the beets. Learn from my mistake and wear gloves before you go anywhere near the beets
- If you have leftover beets, cube or make thin slices of them. Place in a freezer friendly zip lock bags and write the date on them before freezing. They are usually good for 6 months. Use in soups or smoothies
- Don’t discard the skin after peeling the beets. Put them in veggie stock recipes or compost them
- I used vegan-friendly raw cane sugar in this beet lemonade recipe which is made with raw cane sugar and not refined. Plus it tastes soooo very good
- Use a combination of lemons and limes because they add different levels of tang to the recipe
- The beets will permanently stain the item you use for straining. I used a very old cheese cloth that I didn’t mind staining
- If you have a juicer, use that to juice the beets. It will simplify your life. I don’t own one, so, I used the straining method
Why I love this Beet Lemonade Recipe
I have regular lemonade recipe, but, its so boring to drink the same drink everyday. After the first day, I had enough of that recipe
Lucky for me, I have a few lemonade recipes on my blog. I learned very quickly that, if I were to continue living in Florida, I best have a few drink recipes on hand for when the sun is bearing down!
I am not a fan of beets, so, I have to put it into recipes that will make me consume beets. I remember when growing up that I would have to be force fed beets. Not a fun experience, but, definitely good for me
It made sense to add beets in lemonade because I wanted a pink lemonade without artificial colors. Plus, I have a white lemonade, blue lemonade and peach lemonade, so, Pink colored lemonade seems only natural
What color of lemonade do you like?
Beet Lemonade FAQs
Can I use a juicer for the beets?
Absolutely. In fact, I recommend it over the blender + straining method. I don’t have a juicer, so, I had to get creative with my juicing techniques. I think this recipe has taught me that I need to get a juicer ASAP.
Can I use bottled or canned beet juice in this beet lemonade?
No, absolutely not!! The one thing about using store bought juices is that they are from concentrate and / or add other juices. To make this beet lemonade recipe work, all you want is raw beet juice
How much juice in one beet?
One beet has about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of juice. I used a small, peeled beet for this beet lemonade and I used a blender to crush the beets. The finer you crush the beets, the more juice you will get from the beet
Why is regular sugar not vegan?
Many sugar companies use animal bone char to “cut” the sugar. The bone char helps strip the color of the sugar and give it the characteristic white color. Luckily, these companies are looking for alternate options and the industry is becoming more vegan friendly
For more information, I have a detailed guide on what vegans don’t eat
What is Refined Sugar?
Any sugar that is not in its natural state and has been “treated” with other ingredients is considered refined sugar. The process of refining sugar strips it of its natural colors and makes it whiter in color
I used Demerara Raw Cane Sugar from Florida Crystals
What to do with Beet Tops?
- Saute the beet tops and use them as dinner sides or light lunch
- Put them in compost bins or compost piles
- Add to hot water along with other veggies to make a veggie stock out of it
- Put them in a homemade pesto recipe or a smoothie recipe
- Make chips out of beet greens
Types of Beets
- Beetroots (most common type of beets)
- Chioggio Beets
- Golden Beets
I used regular beets in this beet lemonade. You can definitely use any of the above variety. Let me know which one you used and how it turned out.
Version 1 of this Beet Lemonade
UGH! These image are awful!
From time to time, I will go through old recipes to update the content. Sometimes, I update just the images and sometimes, I give the recipe a complete makeover
This beet lemonade recipe was originally posted on July 1st, 2014 at 8:52pm. Click here to see the original recipe.
This time, I remade the images and adjusted the ingredient amounts slightly. The recipe was perfect as it was, but, it was for about 15 servings. I re-made it to be 8 cups only
To Juice the Beets
- 1 beet peeled roughly chopped (see notes)
- 2 Tbsp water
For the Lemonade
- 2 limes
- 3 lemons
- 1 cup raw cane sugar or to taste
- 6 cup water
- ice cubes
- In a medium sauce pan, add water and raw sugar
- Heat on medium heat until sugar is melted
- While water is heating, juice all the lemons and limes
- In a blender, blend the beet pieces plus the water
- Place the blended beets in a cheese cloth over a bowl
- Strain until nothing but the pulp remains on the strainer
- In a jug, add the beet juice, sugar water, lemon and lime juice
- Add ice cubes
- Serve Immediately