I know I’ve been talking a lot of about the warm weather and all these plans I have for this summer and I’m pretty sure you guys are sick of me talking about summer this, summer that… but I can’t help it – after 7 months of cold, snowy winter, I’m just sooooo excited that it’s finally (FINALLY!) warm and sunny!!
Last summer I had big ambitions of making a bunch of summery drinks… well, somehow summer went by so fast that next thing I knew, the leaves were turning red, the snow was falling, and I didn’t make any of the drinks I wanted to. I promised myself the same situation isn’t going to happen this year, so I found a bunch of drinks recipe and will be making them all summer (all non-alcoholic as I don’t drink – sorry guys!) :)
To kick start the summer drinks series, we’re starting off with a sparkling raspberry limeade. It almost tastes the same as those bottled limeades you get at the grocery store – except this recipe calls for club soda, which gives it a refreshing fizziness. Everything tastes better when it’s carbonated!
- 6 oz raspberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup lime juice
- 1 liter club soda
- In a small saucepan, combine the raspberries, sugar, and water over medium heat until a small boil. Turn the heat down to medium-low and simmer for about 10 minutes while stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Using the back of a wooden spoon, gently press the raspberries against the side of the pan to release its juices.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl, let cool and set aside.
- After the raspberry syrup has cooled down, combine the lime juice, club soda, and raspberry syrup in a large pitcher.
- Serve over ice and garnish with a few raspberries and lime slices if desired.
Mmm mmm mmm! Nothing says summer more than a glass of ice cold homemade raspberry limeade!!