Raspberry Lemonade

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raspberry lemonade

One of the things I love about food, like an old song or a familiar smell, is how it can trigger memories. For me, the taste of fresh-squeezed lemonade always brings me back to childhood summers visiting amusement parks, where I spent most of my time avoiding rickety roller coasters (and other rides that made me sick). While my friends all sprinted from one scary ride to the next, I held everyone’s stuff — which, I’m sad to say, is still true today with my own family. My big thrill at amusement parks was always the funnel cake and fresh-squeezed lemonade – you know, the one from the lemonade stand with the tall old-fashioned juice press. Man, that stuff was good.

ingredients

I don’t know if they still make it that way today (and I’m not going to an amusement park to find out) but, thankfully, it’s easy to make at home as long as you’re willing to juice a bunch of lemons. To this version, I’ve added puréed fresh raspberries to give it a fruity flavor and a vibrant pink color. The recipe is endlessly adaptable: Like it tart? Go light on the sugar. Want it boozy? Add a splash of vodka or tequila. Feeling fancy? Dress it up with lemon slices, fresh berries and mint sprigs. No matter how you make it, I promise it’s worth the effort of juicing all those lemons — and perfect to ring in the season this weekend.

juicing-lemons

You’ll need approximately 8 to 12 to make this recipe. Lately, I’ve been finding lemons that are almost the size of apples — those are great if you can find them. One large lemon can yield up to 6 tablespoons of juice, while a typical-sized lemon yields about 3 tablespoons of juice, so plan accordingly.

ready-to-blend

Begin by puréeing the raspberries in a blender with some of the lemon juice.

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Pass the mixture through a fine sieve to strain the seeds. It sounds fussy but the fastest way to do this is by using a soup ladle and pressing against the strainer in a circular motion. Try it — it works!

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Add the sugar, remaining lemon juice and water to the raspberry purée.

adding-lemon-juice

Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

stirring-lemonade

This makes a fairly concentrated lemonade so dilute it with more water to your liking, but keep in mind that the ice cubes will water it down. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Lemonade

Servings: 1-3/4 quarts
Total Time: 15 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-3/4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice, from 8-12 lemons, strained
  • 1/2 pound (8 oz.) raspberries, plus more for serving
  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Lemon wedges, for serving
  • Fresh mint, for serving

Instructions

  1. Combine the raspberries and ½ cup of the lemon juice in a blender; purée until smooth, then pass the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl to strain out the seeds (the fastest way to force it through is by pressing a ladle against the strainer in a circular motion). Add the remaining lemon juice, water, and sugar to the bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Taste, then and add more sugar, lemon juice or water if necessary (keep in mind that ice cubes will water it down). Pour into glasses with ice cubes and garnish with lemon wedges, raspberries and fresh mint, if desired. The lemonade will keep in the fridge for a few days.

Reviews & Comments

  • Awesome – As written!

    We love this recipe & make it often.

    • — TracyV on November 3, 2018
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  • I’m excited to try this for my daughter’s birthday party. I’ve some homemade simple syrup leftover from a cocktail party. Could I use it here? If so how much would I use in this recipe?

    • — Jen on July 20, 2018
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    • Hi Jen, I think it should work, but it’s hard to say exactly how much you’d need, I’d just add it to taste; you may find that you need to tweak it with a bit more sugar or water. Happy birthday to your daughter!

      • — Jenn on July 24, 2018
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  • Refreshing and delicious. I didn’t have raspberries so I used strawberries from the freezer. Seeds are so small it isn’t necessary to strain them; however, I found it easier to strain after I mixed all the ingredients together. Will make this on a regular basis.

    • — Kina Q. on April 9, 2018
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  • Great healthy lemon juice with raspberries! I must have to try in this summer. Thanks for your instruction!

    • — Ronald Miller on April 2, 2018
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  • Made this recipe pretty much as written today (except I had a few less Raspberries). We absolutely LOVED it. My 6 year old helped me & it was the easiest lemonade & by far the best we’ve ever had. There is a restaurant close to us that we use to go to for lemonade & thought it was amazing & this recipe is BETTER!!! I love that you don’t have to make a simple syrup like other lemonade recipes. We put fresh mint sprigs in each individual glass & that put it over the top!!!

    • — TracyV on December 25, 2017
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  • Easy, tart and delicious! Thank you–I will be very popular with my children! I had high hopes to make it a mixed drink, but I did not love it with a tot of vodka added–perhaps because it’s so tart, it tasted a bit too harsh.

    • — Rzh on March 24, 2017
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    • Ok, I can confirm that it’s better with tequila!

      • — Rzh on March 24, 2017
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  • Made this just because and it was really good. Followed the recipe to the T.

    • — Gloria Song on December 1, 2016
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  • Made this tonight, substituting local strawberries for the raspberries. Garnished the glasses as shown in the beautiful photos. So appealing! My husband tried the “cocktail” with a splash of vodka. Both versions were delicious, refreshing, and the perfect balance of sweet and tart. I will definitely make again. Thanks, Jenn!

    • — Liz on July 3, 2016
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  • Delicious, made it for Memorial Day! My only complaint was not making double it will definitely be my go to drink for the summer.

    • — Janice on May 30, 2016
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  • This is perfect! I am in my third trimester with my second child and have been in need of a different “preggo cocktail” recently. I added some fresh ginger (since I had some in the fridge from another of your recipes) into the raspberries before puree-ing and it is delicious! Just a little hint of spice! I’d name my baby after you, but my sister’s name is Jen and I wouldn’t want her getting the wrong idea! 🙂 Thanks!

    • — Casey on May 28, 2016
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    • So glad you found something to quench your craving and funny about the baby name!! Best of luck with the baby :).

      • — Jenn on May 28, 2016
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