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.


  • 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.

Raspberry Lemonade

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes


  • 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, about 8 lemons
  • 4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste)


  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 cup 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.

51 Responses to “Raspberry Lemonade”

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

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

  2. 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!

  3. Ash — June 22, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. Brian — June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm

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

  7. 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. ;)

  8. Anh — June 22, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    YUm! And I love that color!!

  9. Jennifer — June 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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

  10. Katrina — June 23, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Perfect for summer!

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

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

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

    this looks really pretty! nice job!

  13. Liz at EatingPlaces — June 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Beautiful! I’m inspired to make some.

  14. 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!! :)

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

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

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

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

  17. Carole — June 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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

  18. 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.


  19. 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?

    • Jamie — June 25th, 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!

  20. Amanda — June 25, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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

  21. 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!

  22. Katie — June 27, 2010 at 4:51 am

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

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

  24. 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!

  25. 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!!!

  26. Ivey — August 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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

  27. 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.

  28. 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?

  29. Sara — February 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm

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

    • Jamie — February 28th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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

      • natalie — March 15th, 2012 at 9:47 am

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

        • Jamie — March 15th, 2012 at 9:46 pm

          I don’t, sorry!

  30. 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.

  31. Lindsay — May 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

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

    • Jamie — May 29th, 2012 at 7:47 pm

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

  32. juliemarg — June 8, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Nice one.. I loved it…

  33. 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

  34. 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 ??

  35. 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’!

  36. 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..

    • Jamie — May 14th, 2013 at 7:11 pm

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

  37. Angetan — October 16, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Super refreshing drinking!

    • Jamie — October 20th, 2013 at 10:49 pm

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


  38. Pinpopular — October 29, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Nice …
    I loved it :D

  39. 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 :)

  40. 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!

    • Jamie — August 11th, 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.


  41. This looks so yummy, Jamie! Thank you for sharing – I can’t wait to try it!


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