Raspberry Lemonade

By • July 7, 2011 • 14 Comments



Author Notes: Inspired by two lemonade stands that Sconeboy and I visited on the way home from baseball practice. Adapted from the recipes for Raspberry Syrup and Meyer Lemon Lemonade, both in Alice Waters' Chez Panisse Fruit cookbook, this simple summer refresher will hit the spot. A shot of tequila might be a nice addition, for the grown-ups.mrslarkin

Serves 2 or more

for the raspberry syrup

  • 1 heaping cup of red raspberries, picked over
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup turbinado sugar

for the raspberry lemonade

  • 1 cup lemon juice, from about 6 lemons
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 sprig mint, plus more for garnish
  • 3 round slices lemon, halved
  • 2 - 4 ounces tequila, plus more for sampling (optional)
  1. FOR THE RASPBERRY SYRUP: In a small saucepan, mash the raspberries with a rubber spatula. Add water and bring to a boil over medium/high heat. Lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes more.
  2. Using a fine mesh strainer set over a 4-cup measuring cup or medium bowl, pour the raspberry mixture into the strainer and press down on the solids with the rubber spatula until all that is left is mostly seeds.
  3. Pour the fruit liquid back into the saucepan, add the sugar and stir over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat, let cool slightly and pour into a jar. Chill. Makes about 2 cups.
  4. FOR THE RASPBERRY LEMONADE: Combine the lemon juice and water in a pitcher. Add a sprig of mint. Chill.
  5. Fill two tall glasses, Mason jars or jam jars half-way with ice. Pour in lemon water and sweeten with the raspberry syrup to taste. If using, add an ounce or two to each glass. Serve garnished with the lemon slices and sprigs of mint.
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almost 3 years ago Waverly

Yum - fresh fruit syrup in lemonade is wonderful. Love the fresh mint with it. Might also be nice with a little sparkling water mixed into each glass....if you are not adding tequila that is.

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almost 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Waverly!! Love the sparkling water idea too.

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about 3 years ago Summer of Eggplant

This reminds me of a now defunct restaurant in Atlanta, they always had a lemonade special of the day. And who doesn't like a lemonade special of the day? Thanks! Always love your recipes. Oh and maybe some vodka for poolside. :)

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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You're welcome! Mmm...vodka. I'm a tequila girl, but whatever floats your boat, I say!

Lorigoldsby

about 3 years ago lorigoldsby

I could drink this poolside! You should enter this in this week's contest.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks, lorigoldsby! I was thinking the same thing (great minds think alike!) Might booze it up a little for the pool party. I've got a little leftover to play with - will try with tequila tonight.

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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love

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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:-) thanks!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Perfect drink for summertime! Love it!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks ChezSuzanne!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Simple and lovely!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you so much, hla!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

This is such a great recipe. So refreshing!!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thank you sdebrango!