Raspberry Lemonade

It’s summertime in Texas. And while it has been a pretty mild summer as far as summers go, it’s still hot. Water is almost always my drink of choice but sometimes I really need some lemonade to quench my thirst.

But after reading the label for lemonade mixes, there’s no way I am going to drink that stuff….I don’t even know what some of the ingredients are!

There aren’t even any lemons in it!  Lemonade without lemons?!?  How can that be?  One major brand even claims to be all natural!!!

You only need 3 ingredients to make your own lemonade….lemons, sugar, and water.  For this recipe, I added a fourth…raspberries.  Super simple, super delicious, and super refreshing.  You could even add rum or vodka for an adult version!

Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

4 cups plus 1 cup water

1 cup turbinado sugar

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I used about 9 lemons)

3/4 cup fresh raspberries

Directions:

In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup water and sugar.  Heat on medium until sugar is dissolved.  Set aside to cool.  While the sugar mixture is cooling, juice your lemons.

Put the lemon juice and raspberries in the blender and pulse a few times to combine.  Add the juice mixture and the sugar mixture in a pitcher and mix well.  Add some ice and chill until you’re ready to serve.  You can add a couple of lemon slices and raspberries to the pitcher to make it look even more refreshing and garnish your glasses with fruit too.

What refreshing drink do you enjoy on hot summer days?

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