Fourth of July

Raspberry Lemonade

July  7, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2 or more
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

What You'll Need
  • for the raspberry syrup
  • 1 heaping cup of red raspberries, picked over
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups 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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12 Reviews

Waverly August 6, 2011
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.
mrslarkin August 10, 2011
Thanks, Waverly!! Love the sparkling water idea too.
Summer O. July 20, 2011
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. :)
mrslarkin July 21, 2011
You're welcome! I'm a tequila girl, but whatever floats your boat, I say!
lorigoldsby July 8, 2011
I could drink this poolside! You should enter this in this week's contest.
mrslarkin July 8, 2011
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.
drbabs July 8, 2011
mrslarkin July 8, 2011
:-) thanks!
Perfect drink for summertime! Love it!
mrslarkin July 8, 2011
thanks ChezSuzanne!
hardlikearmour July 7, 2011
Simple and lovely!
mrslarkin July 7, 2011
Thank you so much, hla!