Spiked Raspberry Lemonade*

While most people are bundling up and wearing adorable boots for Fall…the rest of us down here in Florida are still knocking back lemonade…because its still 90 degrees! Can you believe that? It is almost Halloween…and I think I might actually sweat if I stand outside to hand out candy!

In celebration of the still warmer weather, some of my girlfriends and I headed out for a last minute warm weather picnic. We gorged ourselves on cheeses, fruits, israeli couscous and our favorite Spiked Raspberry Lemonade. Between the awesome company, warm weather and deliciously cold cocktails…we had a completely blast! :)

This Spiked Raspberry Lemonade is one of my all time favorite summer drinks. Not only is it fresh and cool, but I make it with my favorite Belvedere Vodka! Of course you can use whatever you like…but why would you have anything but the best? ;-)

 

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Spiked Raspberry Lemonade

Yield: 8 large cocktails!

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
¾ cup raspberries; pureed and pushed through a fine mesh sieve; plus more whole berries for garnish if desired
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 6 large lemons)
4-6 cups cold water (this will vary depending on your taste)
8 oz Belvedere Vodka

Directions:

Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.

Measure 3/4 of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.

Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance. And then lastly mix in the vodka and serve over ice!

Adapted from: My Baking Addiction

**this post was not sponsored by Belvedere at all. I just really love them!

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7 Responses to “Spiked Raspberry Lemonade”

  1. 1

    Nessie — October 28, 2010 @ 4:56 am

    Glad, you still could celebrate, but I would write exactly what you have written here to the manager of the restaurant – and ask him what he thinks about that? I am sure he will do something about that. He wouldn’t like to loose so many people for future parties! I realised thatit is really helpful to complain – in a nice and friendly – but still firm – way.

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    Mom — October 28, 2010 @ 6:17 am

    Looks yummy! Congrats on making it, however, I’m still waiting on my whoopie pies! Love you!

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    Rachel — October 28, 2010 @ 7:57 am

    Oh man! I made raspberry lemonade this summer and it was delicious – big hit with everyone that tried it. So I can only imagine how awesome a spiked version would be. Have to bookmark this to try sometime!

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    TheKitchenWitch — October 28, 2010 @ 10:25 am

    That server doesn’t sound like much of a “service” person! The lemonade, however, sounds like a winner!

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    Jessica — October 28, 2010 @ 11:47 am

    Thanks for sharing this, I will have to mix up a batch. :D

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — October 28, 2010 @ 1:48 pm

    I LOVE this drink, Jessica, and I think I’ll especially love it when I move to Texas next year and have to deal with a neverending summer! So cool, fresh and fruity… I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

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    Eliana — October 28, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    I don’t care how cold it gets. I could enjoy this delicious cocktail all year ’round :)

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