Sparkling rasberry lemonade is refreshing summer drink.
Who doesn't love a cold glass of lemonade in the summer? Well, how about changing it up a bit and trying a cold glass of sparkling raspberry lemonade instead?
Sparkling water, one of the ingredients in this summer drink, has not always been on my top five of must-have drinks. As a matter of fact, I used to say it tasted like flat Sprite. I no longer say that, especially after I tried it ice cold and with a hint of lime in it. Yummy.
While looking for a summer drink recipe to share with readers, I started thumbing through my cookbooks, my recipe box and the Internet.
I knew I wanted to use sparkling water as one of my base ingredients. My original thought was to see how a sparkling lemonade would taste, but then I remembered seeing some raspberries at the grocery store that looked delicious.
After I got the gist of how to make such a summer drink, I began squeezing fresh lemons and breaking out the blender.
This recipe is a little on the tart side. So if you like a sweeter drink, you might need to adjust the amount of sugar or lessen the amount of lemons you use.
Sparkling raspberry lemonade
Start to finish: 10 minutes or less
1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice (three medium lemons)
1 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries, thawed
1/2 cup of hot water
1/2 cup of sugar
1 liter of sparkling water, cold
Roll the lemons on a cutting board to loosen the juice inside.
Cut the lemons in half.
Squeeze the lemons into a measuring cup to make cup of juice.
Remove the seeds.
Combine lemon juice, raspberries, sugar and water into a blender.
Blend for 30 seconds.
Pour sparkling water into a pitcher.
Add the raspberry/lemon juice mixture to the pitcher.
The recipe yields approximately four 6-ounce glasses.
Tip: Replace the sugar with Splenda. Visit www.splenda.com to determine the substitution amounts.