Crown Island’s Color-Changing Strawberry Lemonade and Cocktail | Author Jan Moran
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Crown Island’s Color-Changing Strawberry Lemonade and Cocktail

Crown Island BVL Recipe WebsiteStrawberry lemonade is a lovely, pink-hued version of a summer cooler. In Southern California, my lemon trees often produce for nine to ten months of the year, so lemonade is a staple. Adding strawberries creates a tasty, pretty variation.

For a fun, color-changing effect, try adding purple ice cubes. As they melt, the drink will change shades, deepening from the pink into the purple spectrum. The type of lemon you use can affect the level of sweetness. Meyer lemons, which I prefer for lemonade, have a naturally sweeter taste profile.

In this recipe, you can adjust the tartness by adding a sweet counterpoint, but it might not be needed with sweet strawberries. A few drops of stevia or another sweetener is all you would need if you like your lemonade on the sweeter side.

This lemonade can be made ahead and enjoyed for a few days. It’s also easy to whip up if unexpected guests arrive. With a dash of alcohol, a sugared rim, and a garnish of fruit, you’ll have a fancy summer cocktail in a flash.

Make 4 to 6 servings.


1 cup (240 g) fresh strawberries, halved
1/2 cup (120 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
Liquid stevia sweetener to taste
4 cups (1 L) water
Sliced strawberries and lemon wedges for garnish (optional)
Sugar for a rim of glasses (optional)
Optional alcohol: 1 1/2 ounces (45 mL) of vodka


1. In a blender, puree the strawberries until smooth.
2. In a pitcher, combine the pureed strawberries, lemon juice, and water. Stir well.
3. Taste and adjust the sweetness by adding liquid stevia.
4. Fill glasses with colored ice cubes and pour the strawberry lemonade over the ice.
Serve with Royal Purple Ice Cubes for a color-changing experience. Garnish with sliced strawberries, lemon wedges, and mint if desired.

Royal Purple Ice Cubes

Here’s a natural recipe for vividly colored ice cubes that will add a beautiful pop of color to your drinks. The secret is purple cabbage. You won’t be able to taste the cabbage in your drinks. As the ice cubes melt, the color will drift into the drink. With strawberry lemonade, the pink tone deepens into purple.
No cabbage on hand? If you don’t mind food coloring, you can add a few drops of red and blue.


1/4 head of purple cabbage, chopped
Ice cube tray


1. Rinse the chopped purple cabbage and place it in the bowl with enough water to cover the cabbage.
2. Pour boiling water over the cabbage to cover it. Let stand for 5 minutes or until purple.
3. Strain the liquid into a container, discarding the cabbage.
4. Pour the tinted water into the ice cube tray, filling each section about 3/4 full.
5. Place the ice cube tray in the freezer and let it freeze completely, usually about 4 hours.
6. Add the ice cubes to your glass, pour in your beverage of choice, and enjoy.

Princess Sugar Rim

Want to get fancy? Here’s how to rim your glasses with sugar to add an extra touch of glamor to your drinks. You can also use special cocktail sugars that come in different colors, but this is quick and uses what you probably have on hand. For added stickiness, you can use the simple syrup (sugar melted in boiling water), but lemon slices are easy.


Granulated sugar
Lemon wedge (or simple syrup)


1. Pour a small amount of granulated sugar onto a plate or shallow dish.
2. Rub the rim of the cocktail glass with a lemon wedge or dip it in simple syrup, ensuring the entire rim is moistened.
3. Roll the moistened rim of the glass in the sugar, gently pressing the sugar onto the rim until it sticks.
4. Tap the glass lightly to remove any excess sugar.
5. Fill the glass with your favorite drink and enjoy.


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