Crisp and zesty, these easy refrigerator pickles are steeped in lemonade, garlic, pepper and dill to create a delicious little pickle that packs a powerful flavor punch.  Perfect with sandwiches, at cookouts and on appetizer trays, there’s no better way to enjoy small batches of homemade pickles than with this classic easy recipe with a fun flavor twist!  

A jar of refrigerator pickles made with lemonade, garlic, pepper and dill.

What You’ll Need To Make Lemonade Refrigerator Pickles

  • cucumbers
  • sweet onion
  • white vinegar
  • lemonade mix
  • dried dill weed
  • minced garlic
  • black peppercorns
  • mustard seeds
  • red pepper flakes 
  • pickling salt
  • sugar

Prepping for lemonade pickles.

A little sweet and a whole lot of zesty, these nifty little refrigerator pickles are an easy way to add to your casual summer hospitality this season.  A quick trip to the farmer’s market and 10 minutes in the kitchen is all it takes to have something fun and unique to serve at your next get-together!

An aerial view of lemonade refrigerator pickles

The lemonade in this recipe really amps up the flavor.  Lemon, dill and garlic are already a classic flavor combination, so playing with a little lemonade drink mix gives these little fellas a tart smack your guests just won’t be able to resist!  Are they a bread and butter pickle?  No, a zesty dill?  Only you’ll know the secret that makes them so good!

A cheese platter with lemonade refrigerator pickles.

The Engineer and I love to enjoy these cool, crisp numbers on a cheese platter.  It’s one of our go-tos for quiet date night at home- a light bite while we chat and take a little time to catch up. 

Jars of these flavorful pickles also make great little gifts. 

However you decide to serve them, they are destined to be a hit, and you’ll end up making batch after easy batch!

Lemonade Refrigerator Pickles
Prep Time
10 mins
 

Crisp and zesty, these easy refrigerator pickles are steeped in lemon, garlic, pepper and dill to create a delicious way to enjoy summer's produce!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Recipe, pickle, Snack
Servings: 1 jar
Ingredients
  • 1-2 medium cucumbers
  • 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 C white vinegar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemonade mix
  • 1 1/2 tsp pickling salt
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seed
  • 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Slice cucumbers into spears or slices, as preferred. Pack cucumbers and several onion rings in a pint-sized jar, leaving 1/2 inch at the top for adding your pickle brine.

  2. To prepare brine, mix water, vinegar and lemonade mix together in a measuring cup. Pour in a small saucepan. Add rest of ingredients and whisk. Heat on medium heat until the ingredients come to a simmer. The sugar and salt should be dissolved. Remove from heat, whisk again and let partially cool.

  3. Pour warm brine over cucumbers and onions until jar is filled. Put the lid on tightly. Give it a good shake to distribute all of the spices and refrigerate for 24 hours before eating.

Recipe Notes

To make more than one jar of these Lemonade Pickles, multiply the recipe by number of jars desired.

How Long Can I Keep These In The Fridge?

  • These will stay crunchy & fresh in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!

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