Cotton Candy Lemonade

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

You know what really depressed me this past weekend? My mother-in-law told me that she could already tell the days were getting shorter. Wha. . what now? Summer JUST started! I waited months and months for that snow to melt and now that summer is finally here, I’m hanging on to every last moment of warmth and daylight!

I’m posting this SUPER fun Cotton Candy Lemonade recipe today in honor of summer and to get my spirits right back up to where they were on that first 75 degree day of the season. I don’t know about you, but lemonade makes me think of summer. In fact, summer time is the only time I drink lemonade!!

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

Have you ever seen Cotton Candy Lemonade before? I do know they serve it at Disney World. Why wouldn’t they? Refreshing homemade lemonade sweetened by a fluff of cotton candy? I’m in. Especially if I’ve been waiting in lines all day in the sweltering heat. Still a little uncertain about the flavor combination?

You shouldn’t be! It’s wonderful, it’s delicious, and it’s oh so much fun! Plus, the lemonade recipe I’m sharing today is adapted from The Pioneer Woman’s Homemade Lemonade Recipe. You can’t go wrong with Ree. She is AMAZING!

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

I put a bunch of lemon slices onto a wooden skewer and left a little room at top to plop on my cotton candy (refer to the photo at the top of the post to see what I mean). It’s so very important that the cotton candy doesn’t touch the lemonade upon serving the drink. The lucky recipient of the lemonade should be the one to drop it in.

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

Let’s be honest here. As much as I do love Ree, the star of the show in this recipe, isn’t really the lemonade. It’s the cotton candy, people. This drink is ALMOST as much fun as a ride at Disney World. In fact, it was so enjoyable when I made mine that I may or may not have put half a bag of cotton candy in one of the glasses of lemonade just to watch it dissolve and change colors. Can you see the pink and blue in there?

Want to see this fun in action? Check it out on Google+!

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

This is just the ultimate fun drink. I can’t say it enough. Kids will be beside themselves and in awe of the way the lemonade just sucks up all that sugar. The cotton candy gives the lemonade just the perfect sweetness. The color change is just the visual entertainment.

So if you’re looking for a fun drink that will be the talk of the party, this lemonade will get them ooohing and ahhhing like you wouldn’t believe. It’s so much fun to drink, but even more fun to serve!! You have to try this!

Cotton Candy Lemonade - Bitz & Giggles

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Cotton Candy Lemonade
 
 
Delicious homemade lemonade garnished by a fluff of cotton candy to add just the right pinch of sweetness!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 7 cups water, divided
  • 12 whole lemons, juiced
  • Ice cubes
  • Cotton candy (about a fist-size portion) to garnish each drink
  • Lemon slices for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat 2 cups sugar with 3 cups of water in a saucepan on the stove until dissolved and set in the fridge to cool.
  2. Pour the lemon juice into a large punch bowl. Pour in ¾ of the syrup, then top off the bowl with ice. Pour the remaining 4 cups of water in and taste. If you'd like it a bit sweeter, add more syrup, if it needs to be diluted, add more water.
  3. Add some lemon slices and about a fist-size dollop of cotton candy to each drink just before serving.
  4. Serve immediately!
Notes
Remember that the cotton candy will add another level of sweetness to the lemonade. So if you'd like your lemonade more tart, go easier on the sugar.
Also, it works well to add the lemon slices to a shortened wooden skewer and then place the cotton candy at the top of the skewer to hold it just above the lemonade.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 10 Calories: 201 Fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 53g Sugar: 45g Sodium: 10mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 1g

 
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Comments

  1. I only eat cotton candy around the 4th of july, but this sounds like a great recipe to try a few more times of the year, or use up the rest that I get from the carnival and can’t make myself eat. I’m glad I found your post through the Moonlight & Mason Jars link party.

    • Glad it sounds good to you, Anne! I buy cotton candy year round at our dollar store. My kids both have fall birthdays and it’s always a favorite treat any time of year!

  2. This is brilliant! Cotton Candy in my drink yes please!!

  3. Visiting from Moonlight and Mason Jars Link Party. I love this idea of combining candy floss with lemonade, it’s brilliant. I co-host Sweet and Savoury Sunday and would love for you to stop by and share this and other recipes with us when the party goes live on Sunday night. Have a great day! Pinned.

  4. Oh manzo, did you come up with a winner! My kids, particularly my oldest love cotton candy, and with the 4th we will be trying this one for sure. I featured it on my fb page – awesome!!! Thanks for linking up at Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

  5. Stopping by from Create Link Inspire Link Party. Yum, the sweetness of the cotton candy mixed with the lemonade sounds delicious! So pretty too! Thanks for sharing. Pinning

  6. When I first saw this I thought O_o, but it looks like it would actually work. I’m so curious now, that I defiantly want to try this 😀 Pinning now! Thanks for Linking up at My Favorite Things Saturday!

    • You’ll be surprised at how good it really is. The cotton candy just gives the lemonade the perfect dash of sweetness. Perfect for a hot summer day!

  7. My SIL was just telling me about this amazing Cotton Candy Lemonade she had at the Spaghetti Factory… we hardly ever go there so I’m excited that I found a recipe for it!! Stopped by from the Tickle my Tastebuds Link Party. Pinning so I don’t lose 🙂

    • I had no idea the Spaghetti Factory serves it! We don’t have any Spaghetti Factories close to my house but maybe you can impress your SIL by serving some the next time she’s over. Even if you don’t want to make the lemonade from scratch, the cotton candy will still have the same sweetness effect regardless of what type of lemonade you use!

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