Sunday, June 27, 2010

Raspberry Lemonade

What to do when you find cheap raspberries and lemons and don't feel like baking?  Make lemonade of course.  A drink that tastes like summer even when it doesn't feel like summer outside!

Raspberry Lemonade (from My Baking Addiction)

1 cup sugar
 ¾ cup raspberries; pureed and pushed through a fine mesh sieve; plus more whole berries for garnish if desired
1 cup fresh lemon juice

1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.
2. Measure 3/4 cup of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor.  (I just used 1 6 oz package of raspberries, it worked out to roughly 3/4 cup.)
3. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.
4. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher.
5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.

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