The sun finally made an appearance in our little part of the world this weekend. We celebrated the return of that big, yellow orb with an outdoor turkey fry (more on that in a later post!) and some homemade raspberry lemonade!
Real lemonade is so easy to make, and lemons are pretty inexpensive, so there’s no need to by mixes with artificial colors and preservatives in them. Just squeeze the juice from a lemon, add some water and sugar, and enjoy! Changing things up with the addition of some fresh berries is only slightly more involved.
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 5 cups cold water (adjust to taste)
- 3 cups ice
- In a blender, combine lemon juice, sugar, and raspberries. Purée for several seconds, making sure sugar has dissolved.
- Place raspberry-lemon mixture in a pitcher. Stir in the cold water and add ice.
This recipe also works really well with blueberries in place of the raspberries. If you’re trying to cut back the sugar in your diet, you can replace it with artificial sweetener. Check the package on your preferred brand of sweetener for the conversion factor. For example, 1 teaspoon of liquid stevia concentrate has the equivalent sweetness of 1 cup of sugar, so for this recipe you’d use 3/4 teaspoons stevia. Of course, you can always adjust the sweetness to your personal taste.