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sparkling raspberry lemonade

It's Saturday.  Get up, breathe in the spring air, and go make this.  Sure there's a little work involved but it's delicious and it can be all you do this weekend.  Make lemonade.

I'm not quite sure where this recipe was last summer when I was pregnant and wishing for something more exciting to drink than water.  Or where it was every other time I've had lady friends over and wanted to make something that I know they'd all appreciate.  The recipe here makes a large pitcher's worth of lemonade and it's quite refreshing on a nice warm day.

Next time I may try to skip the simple syrup and sweeten it with agave.  If that doesn't work, I may just half the recipe for simple syrup altogether.  It's definitely not too sweet and still has a nice pucker to it from the lemons, but hey, I'm actually not all about consuming white sugar that much.  Surprised?  Thought so.

Make this for an every day occasion or for a treat.  Whenever you make it, enjoy a glass for me.

{Recipe thanks to Cooking Light}

{Ingredients You'll Need}

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water, divided
  • 2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 3/4 cups lemon juice
  • 16 ounces sparkling water, chilled
  1. Combine the sugar and 3/4 cup water and bring to a boil then stir for about 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  2. Combine the remaining water and the raspberries in a blender and pulse until well blended.  Pour the mixture through a sieve into a pitcher, discarding the solids.  Next add in your orange juice, lemon juice, water, and cooled simple syrup.  Stir to combine and serve immediately.
You can also make the raspberry-water concoction and simple syrup ahead of time and store in the fridge.  Have you lemon juice cold as well as the orange juice and just before serving combine everything.


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