IT’S ALMOST SUMMER!!!! I am so ready to hit the backyard for some BBQs. Without question the one drink that screams summer more then any other is a lemonade. Ice cold, tangy and sweet lemonade. A tradition my husband and I have when we go out to eat somewhere new is to ask what flavors of lemonade they serve, if there is one on the menu we haven’t tried we order a glass to share. Pomegranate is surprisingly good and so is kiwi if you ever run into those. The classic though is raspberry, when there isn’t a new flavor to try we always default back to raspberry.
This recipe is a twist on that summer classic, but before you get scared off by the second ingredient, mint, picture this. You are sitting outside in that late evening as the sun starts to set and the temperature starts to cool. You see in the distance your neighbors enjoying a BBQ and then glance to your left to see your tomatoes are beginning to turn red. You hear your kids laughing as the play a wild round of Bocce ball on your perfectly mowed grass. Then you take a sip from your tall cold glass and are surprisingly drawn in for another drink because there is the hint of something so refreshing you have to try it again. You are surprised how delightful the mint is and yet how subtle it tastes.
Ok ok too much? I am no Dorothy Keddington that is for sure, but did I at least peak your interest? I think you will be pleasantly surprised by the twist the mint adds. You strain the mint out before you serve it so you are only infusing the flavor in so it can meld with the lemon and the raspberries, the result is a subtle yet addicting flavor. Give it a try and let us know what your favorite lemonade combo is.
- 3 cups freshly squeeze lemon juice (about 12-15 lemons)
- 2 tsp finely chopped mint leaves
- 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen and thawed) mashed with fork
- 1½ cup sugar
- 12 cups water
- Stir all ingredients in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved.
- Strain liquid into a pitcher.
- Chill or serve over ice.
- Garnish with mint leaves and whole raspberries.