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Pink Lemonade Recipe

In Laura Ingalls Wilder's second book, Farmer Boy, a man sold a glass of pink lemonade to cousin Frank. 

Almanzo couldn't believe Frank's father had given him a nickel. Almanzo never had any money of his own. Then Frank dared Almanzo to ask his father for a nickel so he could have his own pink lemonade.

Almanzo wasn't sure what his father would say, but he did ask for a nickel for the pink lemonade. 

His father surprised Almanzo. 

Instead of giving him just a nickel, he was given a large, silver half-dollar. Father also gave Almanzo a bit of a lesson. 

Though he showed off the half-dollar to Frank and the boys, he tucked it away to look for a "little sucking pig." He skipped the pink lemonade.

If you are in need of a refreshing glass of pink lemonade, leave the bottle at the store and make your own.

Pink Lemonade Recipe

What you need:
9 cups water
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup cranberry juice

What to do:
Combine the water and juices in a large pitcher. Add the sugar and stir. Chill. Then, serve over ice.
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If you like this pink lemonade recipe and want to explore more activities related to the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, check out The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press, 2020). It's full of history, discussion ideas, photographs, and so much more. It includes 75 activities to help readers live like Laura and Almanzo! 

Happy Trails! ~ Annette 

 Annette Whipple is a nonfiction children's author. Learn more about her books and presentations at

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