Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Pink Lemonade Recipe - American Girl

In Happy Birthday, Samantha! Samantha throws a “grown-up” tea party in honor of her 10th birthday. They serve tea sandwiches, petit fours, peppermint ice cream, and pink lemonade.

When I re-read this book recently (for the first time since I was a child), I started wondering about pink lemonade and how it was made. I mean, I knew it wasn’t made from pink lemons, but I never considered pink lemonade being a thing back in the early 1900s. I always just thought the pink color came from artificial coloring. I’m sure that’s where the color comes from nowadays in premade pink lemonade mixes, but it wasn’t always that way. It turns out, pink lemonade is traditionally made with a splash of cranberry juice.

So, while this recipe is incredibly simple, I really wanted to share it with you in case anyone else out there would love to make their own pink lemonade!

Samantha's Pink Lemonade - An American Girl Recipe

Samantha’s Pink Lemonade – An American Girl Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • extra sugar, to taste

Directions

  1. In a small pot on the stove, melt the water and 1 cup of sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow the sugar mixture to cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine the sugar water, lemon juice, and cranberry juice in a pitcher, and stir well.
  4. Chill the lemonade in the refrigerator, and add extra sugar if you think it needs it. If you use 100% cranberry juice, you will probably want more sugar. If you use a cranberry juice cocktail, you likely will not need more sugar.

I love the idea of pink lemonade as a tea alternative at a tea party. It’s still fun and fancy, and it’s perfect for serving with fancy tea-time treats.

 

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Blueberry Muffins – An American Girl Recipe

Blueberry Muffins - An American Girl Recipe

As a child reading the American Girl books, Samantha wasn’t one of my favorites, but I still enjoyed reading the books about her. Her life seemed very fancy, living with her wealthy grandmother in the early 1900s. In Happy Birthday, Samantha! we read all about Samantha’s 10th birthday and how she feels soooo grown up now that she’s 10 years old. I remember that feeling.

When Samantha wakes up on her birthday, she finds that the cook, Mrs. Hawkins, has made her some special blueberry muffins for breakfast. I’m not entirely sure how authentic blueberry muffins are to the time period, but I’m just gonna go with it.

Blueberry muffins are my 2nd favorite type of muffin (chocolate chip being the first!). I like that I can convince myself that they are sort of healthy because they have fruit in them 😉 A girl can dream, right? I adapted this recipe from Allrecipes.com.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • cinnamon sugar, optional

Directions

  1. Sift together the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl.
  2. Add the vegetable oil, egg, and milk, and mix until just incorporated.
  3. Add the blueberries and stir.
  4. Distribute the batter into a muffin tin, and sprinkle the tops of the unbaked muffins with cinnamon sugar, if desired.
  5. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes, or until the muffins turn a golden brown color.

These blueberry muffins had a great texture and a great flavor. Perfect for a birthday breakfast or an everyday treat.

 

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