If you are tired of the same old homemade lemonade recipe, then, make this super easy and fancy beet lemonade recipe. It’s cool and refreshing lemonade 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!

Originally published on posted on July 1st, 2014 at 8:52pm. Click here to see why this recipe was updated.

Front view of two small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, red, green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
A cool refreshing glass of beet lemonade is a very easy cool down recipe.

Tips for making this 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
Top view of 2 small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, a red and green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
Beet Lemonade made using fresh beets.
  • 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
  • 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.

Use a combination of lemons and limes because they add different levels of tang to the recipe. To make your life easier, make this easy lemon lime simple syrup and add it to beet juice. It’s going to taste delicious.

Front view of a small glass filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, a red paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
You can use red beets or any other beets to make this lemonade

Why I love it!

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!

Top view of 2 small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, a red and green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
This is a naturally pink/red lemonade because it’s made with fresh beets

I am not a fan of beets, so, I have to put them into recipes that will make me consume beets. I remember when growing up I would have to be force-fed beets. Not a fun experience, but, definitely good for me.

It made sense to add beets to lemonade because I wanted a pink lemonade without artificial colors. Don’t like beets? The good news is that you can use several different kinds of veggies to make your lemonade. Have you tried a cucumber lemonade?

If you love experimenting with different types of lemonades, you have to try this Arnold Palmer drink by Feast and West.

Front view of two small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, red, green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
I used limes and lemonade to make this lemonade and it was such a delicious idea.

Answering Common Questions

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 ¼ cup to ½ 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

Vegan sugars will be clearly marked on the front or back of the packaging. I use (Affiliate link) Wholesome Brand’s Organic Cane sugar and (Affiliate Link) Florida Crystal’s Demerara Raw Cane Sugar

Want to make this lemonade even more fancier? Try adding this earl grey syrup instead of sugar. It gives this beet lemonade a fantastic taste!

Front view of two small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, red, green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
Make a big pitcher of this beet lemonade on a hot summer date.

Types of beets

  • Beetroots (most common type of beets)
  • Chioggio Beets
  • Golden Beets
  • Cylindria

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.

Source: Gardening Know How and Berkeley Wellness

Closeup view of 1 small glasses filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, a green paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish
This beet lemonade takes just 22 minutes to make.

More beet recipes

Front view of a small glass filled with beet lemonade. Ice cubes inside, a red paper straw to the side and a slice of beet lemonade for garnish

Beet Lemonade

Rini
Turn your boring lemonade into a colorful pink lemonade by using fresh beets. This fancy beet lemonade is very easy to make any time.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 8 Servings
Calories 104 kcal

Ingredients
  

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

Instructions
 

  • 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

Video

Notes

– Nutrition Info is approximate
– My beet gave out 1/2 cup of juice. Use only 1/2 cup of beet juice, store any extra for other recipes

Nutrition

Serving: 8cupsCalories: 104kcal
Keyword how to make lemonade with beets
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Version 1

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

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36 Comments

  1. Love beets (even as a kid…weird I know) and this lemonade is one of my favorites. Make it all the time.

  2. This came out so pretty! I served it at a cookout and everyone loved it. Several even asked me for the recipe!

  3. Howdy!
    I’m go glad you are pointing out that sugar (and a lot of booze, body products, medicine…) aren’t vegan. I am not vegan by choice, though I try to limit my animal consumption, but am part of a growing group of folks with the Alpha-gal mammal allergy. This can be as innoculus as just “don’t eat much” to so severe that lives are at risk when seeking medical help, going to public places or events where there is fume risk, even toilet paper gets some of us.

    That being said, I love juicing beets. I was doing a beet/carrot/apple/ginger juice until…it unexpectedly turned into a cleanse. Use with moderation!
    Stay cool – I know it’s hot again down there.

    1. That’s nice to hear. I try to get responsibly sourced sugars and use them. I have cut out so much sugar from my life, so I completely understand what you are saying. Hope your cleanse is going well. Thanks for the nice comments.

  4. So bummed that I made this ahead of time and came home to find that it turned brown. :(. I’m guessing that’s why it says serve immediately.

    1. Hello Candice, So sorry to hear that. Yes, I suggest using it immediately. If it turns brown, you can add some water and it should help a little.

  5. Oooh how fun and way to mix up the old boring lemonade! I can’t wait to try this tasty sip. Fun an drefreshing!!

  6. This lemonade does look super fancy, I love the intensity the beets give the lemonade. Great tip about lemons and limes too. Delicious!!

  7. What a beautiful remake of your beet lemonade! Am I the only child that liked and still loves beets?! What a fun was to serve a refreshing drink and so naturally beautiful. Now I’m curious about the golden beets will look and taste in comparison.

  8. This drink looks amazing. I love beets and will sometimes make them to snack on. You’re right that they stain everything. I have found that the golden beets stain less and are nice and sweet. I might try those like you suggest. Thanks for the recipe to help keep me cool and healthy!

    1. Thanks, Renee! i appreciate your wonderful words. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have fresh grown beets! That is amazing talent and I can’t wait to see what recipes you come up with!

  9. Wow how colorful and healthy looking. I love beets, but have never thought of this combination! I can’t wait to try it!!

  10. I would totally love this drink. My family would be appalled hahaha. I’ve been asked not to cook anymore beet recipes for awhile.