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With boredom setting in, we’re getting creative with happy hour at-home. This week, we made an easy, refreshing, raspberry lemonade cocktail. It reminded us of summertime pool days, which I’m sure you’re craving too! This cocktail is simple to make and tastes bright and fun, and you can omit the booze to make it a mocktail!
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Raspberry lemonade cocktail. The name says it all. Fresh sweet raspberries paired with tart lemon and sugar makes a summertime staple. Raspberry lemonade, strawberry lemonade, sweet tea lemonade, you name it, we have it when the weather warms up. There’s something about the sour-sweet combo that gets us every time. All you need is some vodka and it’s a dreamy drink for the evening!
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We are stuck in small town Tennessee, so we want to get creative with date night. We’re also trying not to spending too much time or money. So, instead of a boring beer with dinner, I whipped up this lemonade in under 5 minutes. I did a quick inventory of what fresh goods we had in the fridge. Since we only had raspberries and lemons, it was a painless decision.
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To make this effortless cocktail you need very few ingredients. Lemons, raspberries, simple syrup, vodka and ice. Basic enough right? If you don’t have simple syrup on hand, sugar will work too! If you want to quickly whip up some simple syrup, you’ll need to boil 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar until the sugar dissolves and let the mixture cool.
When I say this drink is straightforward, I mean it. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the raspberries with some lemon juice, add the rest of the ingredients, shake shake shake and enjoy over ice! I’ll share the full recipe with proportions below.
Oh and don’t forget to garnish it with lemon slices and fresh raspberries. I froze my raspberries to give them a nice frosty look!
- 1 Cup Raspberries
- Juice from 1 Lemon
- 4 oz Vodka (citrus Vodka works well too!)
- 2 oz Simple Syrup (more or less based on your sweetness preference)
- Prosecco or Seltzer Water to top (optional)
- Lemon Slices and Frozen Raspberries (optional garnish)
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle 1 cup raspberries with juice of 1 lemon until raspberries are pulverized.
- Add vodka, simple syrup and ice to shaker.
- Shake thoroughly for 1 minute until everything is very chilled.
- Double strain into a glass filled with ice.
- Top with a little seltzer or prosecco if you like bubbles.
- Garnish with lemon slices and frozen raspberries.
Omit vodka and add water or more seltzer water for a non-alcoholic drink!