Vividly bright and lusciously lemony, this refreshing violet lemonade is just the drink to bring spring back into your life!
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When I took Bre to Disney last year as a belated college graduation gift, the weather was crazy hot. We live in Virginia Beach, where we’re used to hot and humid weather. But this heat wave was nearly unbearable.
Not a cloud was in the sky the whole time and it was as humid as ever. The entire Eastern seaboard was going through this heat wave. And when your resort is on the Boardwalk, walking to Epcot in complete sun can be like torture. Add hot flashes to all that and it’s pretty miserable.
So when we walked through Epcot, where the Flower and Garden Festival was in full swing, we stopped and got a violet lemonade to cool us off. Bre used to work for Disney at Epcot and said it was one of her favorite treats at the festival!
I’ve been dreaming of that lemonade ever since our trip. And lucky for a few of us (not everyone is staying 13 days) we’ll be there for TWO Epcot festivals!! The cute merchandise and the incredible gluten free options make it my favorite festival by far.
How to Make Violet Lemonade
The violet lemonade I created consists of just two ingredients. Yep, only two (plus ice). Equal parts freshly squeezed lemon juice and violet syrup (you can find violet syrup online here) are all you need. The syrup is cheap and it’s a very large bottle, so you’ll have plenty left over for the next time you make them!
Put the lemon juice and violet syrup into your blender and add ice to the top. Blend on high power until slushy.
Getting the Right Color
It doesn’t really matter what color this drink is because it’s delicious, but if you want it to be as close to the real thing you’ll need to add some food coloring.
Without the food coloring, you’ll get a beautiful shade of light pink. About two drops of blue and one drop of red should give you more of a violet color. I accidentally added a little more red than I wanted, but it ended up being a color I really like anyway. Again, this is only for aesthetic purposes and doesn’t have to be added.
If you make nothing else of mine, I urge you to at least make this drink. It is so very refreshing and has such a unique taste of violet without being “floral.” I just love it!
Violet Lemonade–A Disney Copycat Recipe
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup Monin violet syrup
- ice to fill blender (about 6 cups)
- a few drops of blue and red food coloring, if desired
- Pour the lemon juice and violet syrup into a blender. Add ice cups to fill to the top. Blend on high (crush) power for about one minute. The color will be a soft pink. You can leave it as this color or add a few drops of blue and red food coloring, if desired, to bring it to the violet color it is at Disney.
- Pour into glasses and serve with straws.