You know those family stories that no one ever forgets, the ones that get retold at every family reunion? Well, this little pie is part of one of my family’s favorites. You see, it begins with my grandmother and a little girl who had learned a new word. Oh, and this pie. Pink Lemonade Pie, she called it. The story also includes a selfless cousin and a really thick book of etiquette. (I’m still so sorry, Ann.)
Anyway, over the years, when I’ve remembered the story, I’ve thought about the pie and wondered if I could find the recipe. Well, one day recently, I did. And, I was shocked. It was so simple, so easy..and so not called “Pink Lemonade Pie” at all. But that was just like my grandmother. She took a recipe from someone else and made it her own by making it better and prettier. She always thought pink was prettier.
I made the pie for my family, and it was a hit. Make it for yours if you like:
Pink Lemonade Pie
What you need:
(Ignore the Dream Whip…it’s just there to confuse you.)
1 package pink lemonade mix (like Kool-Aid)
1 container whipped topping
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 graham cracker crust
Combine the first three ingredients well and pour into pie crust. Chill. Serve with a little whipped cream on top. Enjoy!
- You can make this like the original recipe I found, using regular lemonade mix and calling it “Lemon Ice Box Pie,” but how boring is that?
- This pie would be precious in individual pie crusts for a pink party. I’m already planning one just for the purpose of the pie. Seriously.
- Variations on flavor and color can be achieved with different flavoedr drink mixes. Go crazy and give something new a try. I saw a very similar recipe in the latest Mississippi Magazine that used a tangerine flavor. It won the recipe contest.
- Don’t be embarrassed by how easy this pie is. Just do like my grandmother did and act like you’re serving a gourmet dish. I think it was the way she said “Pink Lemonade Pie,” but it always worked.