Joy the Baker

Summer Sweet Raspberry Lemonade

May 8, 2009

Raspberry Lemonade

When it comes time for a little human to call me Mom, there are several things I hope for.  Here are a few of those hopes:

I hope that I’ll no longer run screaming from the room at the sight of a spider.  Mom has to take care of the spider… that’s sort of part of the deal as Mom, right?  Maybe can I always get away with saying, “Let’s go get Daddy to take care of that spider.”  I hope that works.

I hope that a deep affection for pickles and pancakes, though not necessarily on the same plate, is hereditary.

I hope that I have as good a pair of Mom Hands as my mom.

Most importantly, I hope that I create as patient and loving, supportive and hilarious a family as was provided for me.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you who have the patience and care to raise new, happy, and lovely people in the world.

Here’s some dreamy Raspberry Lemonade, and all sort sof recipes that you might consider making for your mom and family this weekend.

Raspberry Lemonade

Raspberry Lemonade

This gorgeous Raspberry Lemonade is absolutely the perfect drink to have chilled in the refrigerator all summer long.  Consider it The Real Deal Pink Lemonade.  An absolute dream, and worth the two easy steps it takes to make.  You’ll have enough raspberry sauce to add to the lemonade, swirl into ice cream, and  drizzle on top of Milk Chocolate Pudding.  Super yum!

Summer Sweet Raspberry Lemonade

adapted from Simply Recipes

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1 cup sugar, for a less sweet lemonade, take the sugar down to 3/4 cup

1 cup water to make the simple syrup

1 cup fresh lemon juice

4 cups cold water

2 Tablespoons to 1/4 cup raspberry sauce, depending on how much raspberry you like

Make simple syrup by heating the sugar and water in a small saucepan until the sugar is dissolved completely.

While the sugar is dissolving, use a juicer to extract the juice from 4 to 6 lemons, enough for one cup of juice.

Add the juice and the sugar water to a pitcher. Add  4 cups of cold water, more or less to the desired strength.  Add the prepared raspberry sauce and stir to combine.  Refrigerate 30 to 40 minutes. If the lemonade is a little sweet for your taste, add a little more straight lemon juice to it.

Serve over ice.

Serves 6.


Raspberry Lemonade

Easy Raspberry Sauce

1/2 of a 12-ounce bag frozen raspberries, thawed

1 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoons water

Place the thawed raspberries in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade attachment.  Add sugar and water and mix until the raspberries form a smooth puree.  Transfer raspberry puree to a fine mesh strainer fit over a bowl.  Press the puree through the strainer, until only the raspberry seeds and a bit of pulp remain the the strainer, and a beautiful raspberry sauce is all that’s in the bowl.

Raspberry Lemonade


Prosecco Raspberry Lemonade: Fill a glass with ice cubes.  Fill the glass half full with raspberry lemonade and top with Prosecco or Champagne.  Garnish with fresh basil or mint leaves.  Hey! Hey! Cocktail!

Fun and Festive Mother’s Day recipes.  Just click on the picture or the link to find the recipe!

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48 Comments Add A Comment

  • I’d love to have a nice big glass of that raspberry lemonade! YUM!

  • Beautiful spread of Mother’s Day food! The lemonade will be perfect here in the 98 degree Texas-May!

  • yum. i love lemonade + summer. i love this post joy…very cool…ah, how i dream of being a mother (seriously though, i do…) big smile.

  • Wow, I really want a glass of that right now. Looks delicious! Keep it up, Joy! We really appreciate all your wonderful ideas and recipes.

  • Oh that lemonade just looks so delicious! And so easy… thank you for posting this!

  • I’m so glad you posted this today! I am making lunch for my mom and mother-in-law on Sunday and had planned on buying some raspberry lemonade. I will be making it instead. Thank you!

  • I love your blogs, you’re a great inspiration, thanks for all the wonderful ideas, baking is one of my joys and hobbies, I check out your web page everyday since I stumbled upon it (while searchin for some baking tips!) and emialed it to all my baking loving friends!

  • That looks delicious! Raspberry lemonade is one of my very favorite things! I’m going to try this out soon! Thank you!

  • The crisp and the lemonade, that’s the perfect combo. Perfect!

  • This is my husband’s favorite drink when he orders it in a restaurant. Now, I’m going to have to find a mesh strainer and make up a batch! Thank you for sharing!

  • The raspberry lemonade sounds like the way to go during this heat!

  • Oh, isn’t raspberry lemonade just JOY? I don’t have the time to do homemade b/c I have five or six things to bake, but I’m having a party tomorrow since I’m moving this summer and want to say goodbye to everyone, and I will definitely be having some raspberry lemonade (the Minute Maid kind) on hand. Another thing I definitely recommend for this time of year? Coconut cream pie. I’m on my way to pick up half ‘n’ half now ;-)

  • I LOVE raspberry lemonade. I wish I had a big glass of this right now.

  • I love the cocktail twist on the raspberry lemonade. That sounds perfect for a celebratory brunch. My mom is going to be far away on Mother’s Day but we could each make this and toast across the miles! Your lemon souffle pudding is calling my name too…

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