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Raspberry Lemonade

by Jamie on June 22, 2010

Post image for Raspberry Lemonade I don’t normally post beverages on MBA, but it is officially summer and my Raspberry Lemonade Recipe is the perfect way to beat the heat.

This recipe came about last week when I had a container of raspberries starting to get a little on the mushy side. I also had a huge bag of lemons, so it seemed natural to combine them to create a sweet, tart, ice cold drink. The results were delish!

I make fresh lemonade a lot during the summer months; it’s so easy and in my opinion tastes much better than the powdered variety. When I was a kid, there was a family owned lemonade stand that would make appearances at the local festivals. Their lemonade was amazing because it had that perfect balance of sweet and tart. I tried to replicate that balance in this recipe and hope you get that smooth sweet flavor with a little pucker.

Variations:
-Having a get together at your house? You can most definitely throw in a little tequila or vodka to make one heck of a summery adult beverage.
-Have a plethora of strawberries or blueberries right now? Perfect, use the same method, just sub in different fruit for the raspberries.
-Is your mint plant growing like crazy? Infuse your simple syrup with some mint leaves (strain out when infused) and garnish your glasses with it as well. Gorgeous and tasty.

Notes: I am betting you are as smitten with the pink and white striped straws as I am. If so, you can pick yourself up a box from Bake It Pretty. Seriously how adorable are they?

Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1 cup of water

¾ cup raspberries; pureed and pushed through a fine mesh sieve; plus more whole berries for garnish if desired
1 cup fresh lemon juice (this equaled close to 8 of my lemons)
4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste)

Directions
1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
2. Measure 3/4 of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor.
3. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.
4. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.


{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Jessica @ How Sweet June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I’ll take the variation with tequila, please. :)

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Jess @ My Sweet Gems June 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

So pretty! Vodka for me! I love flavored lemonade and picked up some raspberries the other day. Kinda like karma!

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Ash June 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

This is so gorgeous!
I’m such a summer lemonade lover!

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Barbara @VinoLuciStyle June 22, 2010 at 3:03 pm

And I’ll be happy to taste test an adult version with vodka!

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Eliana June 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Can’t wait to make this for a summer party I am having at my apartment soon – spiked with some vodka of course.

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Brian June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Looks perfect, have it ready with Vodka for me tonight!

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Chris June 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm

mmmm Glad you decided to post this drink! Love that you pureed the raspberries! Looks so refreshing. ;)

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Anh June 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

YUm! And I love that color!!

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Jennifer June 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

This sounds awesome. I love lemonade, no matter what the flavor.

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Katrina June 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

Perfect for summer!

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Brooke (Baking with Basil) June 23, 2010 at 9:24 am

Mmmm…..lemonade is so refreshing in the summer! Love the pink color!!

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hannah {thepastrykook} June 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

this looks really pretty! nice job!

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Liz at EatingPlaces June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

Beautiful! I’m inspired to make some.

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Cookbook Queen June 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm

With the heat index, it is currently 110 degrees outside my house. Will you bring me a big pitcher of this lemonade, please? I’d come get it, but it’s too hot to step outside. Thanks!! :)

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joudie's Mood Food June 23, 2010 at 3:35 pm

How refreshing and colourful for summer…. I love it.

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Jennifer (Savor) June 23, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Thirst quenching!! Your photos are so lovely I am turning green

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Carole June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

What a terrific idea to add raspberries to your lemonade. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Bec June 25, 2010 at 8:04 am

Jamie, that looks so great! I wish it wasn’t so cold down here so I could make it. Will have to save it away for our summer.

Bec

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Amy Kelly June 25, 2010 at 3:06 pm

This sounds so refreshing and perfect for summer entertaining! I have to ask, where did you find those gorgeously tall glasses?

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Jamie June 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Amy Kelly-
Thanks so much for stopping by MBA…the glasses are called Zombie Glasses, they are made by Libbey Glass and were purchased at Target!
-Jamie

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Amanda June 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Wow, looks and sounds amazing. I’m with the others, add some vodka to mine please!

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Sophia June 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Wow, great job here. Awesome picture too! You should really consider submitting this to Recipe4Living’s Summertime Sipper Contest! It looks delicious!

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Katie June 27, 2010 at 4:51 am

Wow what a wonderful colour, very fresh and summery. Bet it tastes so refreshing. Just beautiful

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Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen July 22, 2010 at 8:41 pm

I have the same stripey straws from Bake It Pretty! This drink looks super refreshing!

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the urban baker July 23, 2010 at 8:48 pm

i recently made my first batch of lemonade (don’t know what i was waiting for – i have a meyer lemon tree) and there is nothing like homemade lemonade. coupled with raspberries…mmm mmm good!

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Anna July 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I just made this. I am happy to say it is going in my recipe book! It is soooo delicious!! I used the fruit I had laying around for the purée. Four kiwis, six raspberries, and four strawberries. And added eight cups of water in the end. Thank you!!!

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Ivey August 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Just made this lemonade with strawberries and raspberries. It is aaammaazziinnggg.

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terry January 16, 2012 at 11:42 am

I have made this a few times now and it is really delicious, thanks for the recipe! definite keeper.

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stephanie February 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm

your picture is running rampant all over pinterest for something called the sarasota (1 large bottle of moscato or riesling wine, 1 can of raspberry lemonade concentrate, a splash of sprite, crushed raspberries, mix all ingredients together and enjoy). At least they go back to this page?

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Sara February 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Looks delicious! Also, where did you find those perfect glasses?

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Jamie February 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Sara-
The glasses were purchased from Target and are made by Libby Glass. Thanks for stopping by!
-Jamie

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natalie March 15, 2012 at 9:47 am

do you happen to remember the model name??? <3

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Jamie March 15, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Natalie-
I don’t, sorry!
-Jamie

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thefashionistachic April 14, 2012 at 5:14 am

Sounds so yummy! I actually just purchased a mint infused simple syrup from BevMore. I love to do tasty refreshing spirits for spring/summer.

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Lindsay May 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

So cute! What did you use to put the raspberries on top?
Thanks!

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Jamie May 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Lindsay-
Those are bamboo toothpicks that I picked up at World Market. Hope that helps.
-Jamie

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juliemarg June 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Nice one.. I loved it…

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Olivia Gordon July 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

My friend and I are doing a lemonade stand and i had a bunch of different fruit in my fridge. Good thing i found this

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Jo October 19, 2012 at 9:29 am

I am looking into doing a homemade hamper for christmas presents this year & think this will look fab in the hamper….Do you know how long the lemonade lasts ??

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Yolanda March 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Greetings from uptown NYC!I just saw this recipe 2 days ago, and I’ve already made it twice. I’m astounded by how splendid it tastes! I use Meyer lemons and follow the recipe exactly with 5 cups of Brita water. Bangin’!

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Heather May 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Can anybody tell me how many glasses it makes? i need to know because I’m planning on making it for a BBQ and I don’t want to not have enough..

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Jamie May 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Heather-
This recipe makes 6-8 servings. I hope this helps.
-Jamie

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Angetan October 16, 2013 at 5:13 am

Super refreshing drinking!

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Jamie October 20, 2013 at 10:49 pm

That’s great to hear! Thank you so much for following MBA!

-Jamie

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Pinpopular October 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Nice …
I loved it :D

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Rachel March 13, 2014 at 2:58 pm

I just put mine in the fridge to cool! I can’t wait to try it, I might make one with carbonated water next time :)

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Lindy August 9, 2014 at 2:03 am

Hi. I made this once before and it was amazing. Wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to freeze the concentrate. Have a big party coming up for which I’d love to make it again, but would have to do it at least a week ahead of time. Thx!

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Jamie August 11, 2014 at 11:34 am

I think you could freeze the concentrate but I haven’t tried it myself. Let me know how it works out.

-Jamie

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