Growing up in Chicago, after surviving each brutal and unyielding winter, summer couldn’t seem to ever come fast enough. Memorial Day weekend picnics commonly marked the end of the cold and dreary days. YAY! But is a picnic truly a picnic without a glass of lemonade? This raspberry lemonade is my tribute to the delight and joy of pink lemonade that used to be my favorite as a little girl. Tart and sweet, refreshing and delicious. It just tastes like summer. A perfect beginning to a Memorial Day picnic that will bring a smile to everyone.
Kiss My Spatula’s summertime concoction, yields about 1 quart
Try to find lemons with thin skins that feel heavier than they look. They will produce the most juice.
Music Pairing: Crazy Love, Van Morrison and Ray Charles, Genius Loves Company
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 large, juicy lemons)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp honey
- 4 cups cold water
- whole raspberries
- mint leaves
Press raspberries through a fine mesh strainger over a bowl with a rubber spatula. Don’t forget to scrape the extra raspberry goodness from the bottom of strainer. Discard seeds. Place freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and honey in a large pitcher. Add strained raspberries and water. Stir well and taste. Add more sugar if you like things a little sweeter or more lemon juice if you like things more tart. Pour into chilled glasses filled with ice and garnish with fresh raspberries and a few mint leaves.