Is there anything that screams summer as much as lemonade?
Yesterday was a total scorcher. We hit ninety here in Michigan, which is pretty much peak. And considering the negative forty degree temps we were experiencing just a few months back, these warm temps are a shock to the system.
Maybe it is the warmer months, maybe it is the memory of selling lemonade at my stand for .25 cents as a child, or maybe I can only take so much water, but lemonade has always been a summertime staple. Along with Farmer’s Markets, bike rides, reading and bbqs, creating healthy, fun recipes in the kitchen is one of my ways I am Creating My Own Summer. (You can see everything I am planning over on my Pinterest board.)
However, learning what goes into lemonade is not so appealing. So, I took to the kitchen to make up my own version of lemonade – one without chemicals, artificial sweeteners or unnecessary additives. The result? A crazy delicious drink that will cool you all through the summer days.
Stock up on some fresh juicy lemons and frozen berries. We are going to make some lemonade!
As though the lemons and raspberries weren’t delicious enough I added in some sparkling water. Bubbles make everything better!
I bet you were thinking you could add booze to this and that would make it better, weren’t you? Just a little? OK, go on ahead.
Let me know how that works out for you.
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
makes 1 serving
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly about 2 large lemons)
handful of frozen raspberries
1 cup cold sparkling water
When ready to make lemonade, juice lemons then pour lemon juice through a strainer into the glass to catch the seeds. Add the chilled water to the lemon juice along with the frozen berries and top with sparkling water.
If you prefer sweeter lemonade, add in some stevia to taste or simple syrup.
Simple Syrup Directions:
Bring the sugar and water to a simmer on the stove and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour simple syrup into a cup and stick in the fridge to chill for an hour. Add to lemonade.
To achieve the pink hue, either be patient and let your berries melt and then crush or pre-mush berries and stir in.
This stuff is seriously good. It is sweet, sour, refreshing and cooling on those hot summer days. I love knowing exactly what is going into my food and thus, me. You deserve the good things in life – go on, treat yourself.
Serve with frozen berries and additional lemon slices if desired… and of course a cute straw. Enjoy!
What are some of your favorite summer drinks?
Do you like sparkling (aka bubble) water?
What is something you want to do this summer?