This summer has been so strange. It’s been mostly comfortable here but now that it’s almost September the temperature is in the upper 90’s. It’s been pretty miserable here the past few days so everyone’s trying to beat the heat. As hard as I try, staying hydrated when it’s hot like this is always an issue for me. I’m always looking for a way to make water not taste like water so I can get my 8 glasses in – adding lemons, fruit juice, etc. Lemonade has been my go to drink lately. We stopped drinking soda’s a couple of years ago and replaced them with sparkling water. It just seemed natural to make this lemonade using sparkling water but feel free to use still water instead.
Homemade lemonade has never been high on my list of things to make although I’ve always loved it. I got hooked on fruity lemonades when we started eating at Red Robin. They have a strawberry lemonade that’s absolutely delicious and I’ve been trying to duplicate it for a while. Since we’ve been buying a lot raspberries lately, I decided to try it with them instead and now I’m hooked. I make a batch of this lemonade almost every weekend. I takes a little more effort but it’s 100 times more tasty than those powdered mixes. The syrup will last for 3 or 4 days in the refrigerator.
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 5 lemons
- Sparkling water or seltzer
- Bring water to a boil in a small sauce pan or in the microwave. Add sugar and stir until dissolved. Let cool completely.
- Juice lemons and set aside.
- Put raspberries in a food processor and blend into a puree. Pour raspberries into a mess strainer and strain out the seeds.
- Combine lemon juice, raspberry puree, and simple syrup.
- When ready to serve, add raspberry mixture to glass and add sparkling water to taste.
- This would also work with a splash of vodka. Enjoy.