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Homemade raspberry lemonade with fresh raspberries, lemon slices and ice! Perfect refreshing summer drink!
I thought it was high time that I posted something that I utterly adore making, even if its something you aren’t necessarily expecting me to post. Shock and horror, another drinks recipe. I posted my first cold drinks recipe for a while last week, my summer berry smoothie, and it wasn’t the most popular post I have ever posted, but I expected that. People want cake. However, I couldn’t resist this one.
Whenever I go out, I usually have something like orange juice, or a mocktail when I am having a non-alcoholic drink; especially when with dinner. However, whenever I go to an ASK Italian restaurant, or somewhere else that serves it, I LOVE flat lemonade. I’m not the worlds biggest fan of crazy fizzy drinks like regular lemonade etc, so flat lemonade is the bees knees.
The one from ASK Italian is perfectly sweet, perfectly sour, and so refreshing. Having had their raspberry lemonade more times than I can count, and from any other restaurants I can find it in, I thought it was high time to experiment and make my own at home.
I did a bit of experimenting through other recipes, and they were all yummy, but this is definitely the one that won over the most people. It’s quite easy to make in my opinion, and is easily adaptable to your own tastes. For example, my boyfriend and I prefer it stronger so stick with the 1/3-2/3 mix, whereas my family prefer it a bit weaker so make it more 1/4-3/4 mix.
My pretty jug!
When I moved into my new house a few months ago I wanted to treat myself to a few nice homely bits, and this included the prettiest LSA Glass Jug (which they often use at ASK Italian as well – my bad) and its just so pretty. They’re not the cheapest of companies in a way, but the designs are always gorgeous and I couldn’t resist this pretty jug. I promise you this post isn’t sponsored in any way, just its all inspired by this one restaurant chain! But anyway…
I went for a recipe where you basically bung the ingredients in a pan, boil to dissolve the sugar and incorporate the ingredients better, blitz it all up and sieve. The sieving part is optional, but you get rid of all the raspberry seeds this way to its a lovely smooth mixture. I prefer to then mix mine with still and chilled water, but as I said I prefer it still… my brother on the other hand mixes it with sparkling water. We tried adding lemonade, but it covers the wonderful taste you have created so I’d personally recommend not to.
I think even from my photos you can just see that its delicious. If you look at it you can see just how deliciously raspberry like. It’s one of the most refreshing drinks you can make at home, and I adore it far too much.
Yes, it still has sugar in it.. but thats not the end of the world. I would still say the sugar is important in the recipe as its part of what makes the concentrate so thick and syrup like, which is what makes it so tasty! Enjoy! X
Homemade Raspberry Lemonade!
Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
- Zest of 4 lemons
- Juice of 4 lemons
- 200 g raspberries
- 125 g caster sugar
- 350 ml water
- Lemon slices
- Still water/sparkling water
For the Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
- Zest your lemons, and then juice them into a pan.
- Add in your raspberries, sugar, and water.
- Heat in the pan for about 10 minutes. You want it to be just under boiling.
- Once heated, blitz with a hand blender, or in an actual blender.
- Once blitzed, pass the mixture through a sieve and discard the lumpy mush.
- Let the mixture cool completely.
To Serve the Raspberry Lemonade
- Pour the concentrate into a jug/glass and add more water. You want the ratio to be 1/3 concentrate, to 2/3 extra water. Or if you prefer it a bit weaker, obviously add more water in comparison to concentrate!
- You can use still water, or sparkling water, but you don't need to use lemonade as the flavour is already in the concentrate.
- In each glass, or in your jug, add some fresh raspberries, lemon slices, and ice, and serve!
- This recipe is made as a concentrate at first, because then you can adjust to your preferred strength.
- If you prefer it sweeter, you can add more sugar into the original mixture.
- You can also make less if you prefer, but this makes about 500ml worth of concentrate!
- I used fresh raspberries, but I'm sure frozen raspberries would work well!
- The mixture needs to be stored in the fridge, and will last for 4-5 days if covered. Best served on the day of making.
- If the mixture or drink sits for a bit, it might settle so will need a stir.
- I served mine in cute Kilner drinking jars, with the cute yellow straws!
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