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Fresh Raspberry Lemonade Recipe

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Meet the new official drink of summer. This Easy Raspberry Lemonade Recipe combines the tartness of traditional lemonade with sweet-yet-tart raspberries for a flavor as vibrant as its color.

overhead image of a glass of lemonade with ice and a raspberry.

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Serve it as is over ice cubes, or with a little Moscato or tequila for an adult raspberry lemonade cocktail. Summer’s warm days just got a whole lot cooler.

Ice cold lemonade may be my favorite thing about summer.

And this easy and delicious raspberry lemonade is so fresh and refreshing and ready in just minutes. The best part is you don’t even need to heat a simple syrup or turn on a blender!

This homemade lemonade recipe is made using fresh lemons and raspberries. It’s extremely easy to make and better than store-bought because it has no artificial colors or dyes, just delicious natural flavors and color. 

And this recipe for raspberry lemonade is perfect for any summer occasion. It’s impressive at a brunch or a summer lunch, or perfect as the base for some adult beverages by the pool.

This raspberry lemonade is like handcrafted sunshine in a glass. 

A pitcher of red lemonade with lemons and raspberries.

Why You’ll Love This Raspberry Lemonade Recipe

  • Raspberry lemonade is the ultimate summer refresher and a delicious way to drink your Vitamin C.
  • This is an extremely simple recipe that’s ready in just a few minutes.
  • No special equipment is needed. Not a stovetop or even a blender.
  • This easy lemonade recipe is equally impressive at a brunch, picnic, or poolside lunch.

Hint: Make this lemonade for your next picnic! This recipe pairs perfectly with my fresh Maine Lobster Rolls or my crispy Air Fried Fish.

Ingredients

This recipe calls for fresh, simple ingredients that are easy to find.

Ingredients for raspberry lemonade
  • Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice – I use fresh jumbo lemons. If you can only find medium lemons, you will need to double the amount of lemons to get enough juice.
  • Fresh Raspberries
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Cold Water
  • Lemon Slices and Extra Raspberries – for garnish

Step by Step Instructions

This raspberry lemonade is such an easy recipe to make and you’ll be enjoying a refreshing glass in no time at all.

Step 1

Before juicing, peel one of the lemons with a vegetable peeler. Place the lemon peel pieces in a large bowl with the one and a half cup of sugar and raspberries.

Step 2

Using a sturdy fork or small masher, crush the raspberries with the sugar and lemon peel until the berries are completely pulverized and everything is combined.

Step 3

Add the fresh lemon juice to the raspberry puree and stir well. Let this mixture sit for about 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves.

overhead image of mashed raspberries, lemon peel in a bowl with a fork.

Tip: There is a ton of flavor in the lemon peel. Muddling the peels with the sugar and berries will release the oils from the peels, adding extra lemon flavor to the lemonade!

Step 4

Strain the lemon-raspberry syrup mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large pitcher. Press out as much juice from the berry pulp. Discard the seeds and peel.

Step 5

Add the cold water, stir, and serve over plenty of ice.

A glass of lemonade with lemons and raspberries surrounding it.

Substitutions and Variations

  • You can decrease quantity and ingredient amounts, including lemon, to suit personal tastes.
  • Use fresh, real lemon juice for the best flavor. Lemon juice concentrate just doesn’t taste the same, even in lemonade recipes.
  • You can swap some of the pure cane sugar for honey, agave, or maple syrup, this will add a slightly smokier flavor! 
  • You can also try using a little hot or jalapeno honey for a delicious drink with a spicy kick.
  • Frozen raspberries or even raspberry juice concentrate can be used in place of fresh fruit.
  • Add vodka, gin, or Moscato for a deliciously refreshing adult beverage!

Tips & Tricks

These are a few of my most helpful tips and tricks for you to get the best results

  • Muddling the fruit with the cup of sugar and lemon peel is the best way to release the oils and extra juices in the fruits.
  • Allowing the sugar to sit in with the muddled fruit juice at room temperature allows the sugar to dissolve without having to heat it on the stove.
  • Use fresh lemons and berries that are in season for the most flavorful lemonade varieties.
  • You can pour leftover lemonade into popsicle molds with a few extra raspberries for a sweet frozen treat.
Overhead view of a glass of lemonade with a slice of lemon and a raspberry.

How to Serve

Honestly, there’s no wrong way to serve this homemade raspberry lemonade. But here are a few of my top ideas.

  • Serve this fresh lemonade cold and over lots of ice.
  • Add some crushed fresh mint for an even more amazing flavor profile
  • You can mix it with some club soda or sparkling water for a refreshing sparkling raspberry lemonade.
  • You can also add it to some Moscato or put in a little tequila or mezcal, gin, or vodka for a raspberry lemonade cocktail recipe.
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overhead image of a glass of lemonade with ice and a raspberry.

Easy Raspberry Lemonade

Yield: 8 1/2 Cups
Prep Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

Refreshing and stunning homemade raspberry lemonade. Made with fresh raspberries and lemons, this is the official drink of summer!

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) fresh raspberries
  • The peel from one lemon
  • 1 3/4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (see notes)
  • 6 cups cold water
  • Lemon slices and fresh berries, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, lemon peel, and raspberries to a medium sized bowl. Mash the mixture with a fork until the berries are completely pulverized.
  2. Add the lemon juice and stir. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher. Press out as much juice from the berry pulp. Discard the seeds and peel.
  4. Add cold water to the pitcher. Stir and serve.

Notes

  • I use about 7 jumbo lemons for the lemon juice. You'll need twice as much from smaller lemons.

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