We head to Cape Cod tomorrow! And I’m in a really festive mood, so I wanted to round out the week with a refreshing summer drink. For as long I can remember, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with homemade lemonade. One of my favorite things is scouting out restaurants that have zingy from scratch lemonades and limeades on their menu (props to Rosemary’s and Cookshop in NYC). I had a boatload of lemons to use up before we left town, so I decided to finally get my act together and make a CC worthy lemonade to savor just before summer ends. This recipe is super simple, and you can swap out the lemon juice with lime, grapefruit, or orange and whip up all kinds of at home spritzers. And then you should probably add some gin or vodka. Do you see where I’m going with this? For the raspberries, I took thawed frozen raspberries and threw then into ice cube trays with some water. The pinky hue was an unexpected benefit, but isn’t it gorgeous? That said, feel free to take it easy and forego the raspberries- the lemonade is just as good on its own.
Hope you have wonderful weekend plans in the works. I can’t wait to dig my toes into the sand and ring in these last days of summer in proper form. See you from the shore! xx
Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
Makes 4 1/2 cups of lemonade
- 3 cups chilled plain seltzer or sparkling water
- 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (fresh! not from a bottle!)
- 3/4 cup simple syrup (1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar)
- Frozen raspberries (optional)
Make the ice cubes: Fill an ice cube tray with some thawed frozen raspberries, top with water. Place in freezer until completely frozen.
Make the simple syrup: combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar in a small sauce pan. Cook over medium low heat until completely dissolved. Let cool.
In a measuring cup, mix together the lemon juice and simple syrup. Pour into a large pitcher or glass bottle. Add in the sparkling water and stir to combine. Serve immediately over raspberry ice cubes- serve straight up or add gin, vodka, or the liquor of your choice. Enjoy immediately!