Monday, August 1, 2011

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade

I thought this would be a refreshing change from all the blueberry recipes!

Fresh Raspberry Lemonade
Hands-on Time:  26 min.

3/4 cup sugar
2 cups water, divided
2 cups fresh raspberries
1/2 cup fresh orange juice (about 1 orange)
1-3/4 cups fresh lemon juice (about 13 medium lemons)
16 ounces sparkling water, chilled

1.  Combine sugar and 3/4 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.  Cook 2 minutes, stirring until sugar dissolves.   Cool to room temperature.

2.  Combine remaining 1-1/4 cups water and raspberries in a blender; pulse 10 times or until well blended.  Strain mixture through a fine sieve into a large pitcher; discard solids.  Add orange juice, lemon juice, sparkling water, and cooled syrup to pitcher; stir to combine.  Serve immediately over ice.  Yield:  8 servings (serving size: about 1 cup).