This raspberry lemonade is easy to make and bursting with fresh flavor! It’s loads better than anything you can buy from the store.

Raspberry lemonade

We have a thing for homemade lemonade over here. Why? The flavor is so intensely fresh and delicious. It almost tastes like you turned up the volume on store-bought lemonade. Plus, it’s free of all the artificial stuff that purchased lemonade might be hiding. Try this beautifully pink Raspberry Lemonade, and prepare to be amazed! It’s the ideal summer drink for sipping on the patio, and it’s perfect for impressing guests at cookouts, brunches, and al fresco dinner parties.

Also try: Homemade Pink Lemonade!

What you need to make raspberry lemonade

Making raspberry lemonade is very easy: you don’t even need to simmer a raspberry syrup on the stovetop! You’ll simply blend the berries with water and sugar (a genius idea by way of Alex). There’s actually only 3 ingredients required, outside of ice and water. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 8 lemons
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup sugar
Raspberry Lemonade

Best way to juice lemons

We’re not going to lie: it can take a while to juice 8 lemons! So keep that in mind. Our favorite juicer makes quick work of it, though: and you won’t injure your hands from squeezing so hard. Here are the best options we recommend:

  • Top choice: a press citrus juicer. This type of juicer is incredibly efficient and ends up getting out even more juice than other types. Here’s the press juicer we use. It’s held up the best of any method, after making 300+ cocktails.
  • Next best choice: a handheld citrus juicer. The next best juicer is the type with a ridged top (similar to this).

Some tips for straining the raspberries

The only other part of this raspberry lemonade that takes some time is straining the raspberries! You’ll throw them in the blender with warm water and sugar, then blend until a puree forms. Here’s what to expect when you’re straining:

  • Use a fine mesh strainer. You want to remove all the seeds here, so a fine mesh strainer is key for getting a smooth syrup-like texture.
  • Use a spatula to gradually force the syrup through. It will take longer than you think! But keep forcing it through with a spatula until all the seeds are removed. That’s it!
Raspberry lemonade recipe

Variations on raspberry lemonade

Want to add another element to this raspberry lemonade? There are lots of great flavor combinations that make it sparkle even more. Here are a few ideas:

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Raspberry lemonade recipe

This raspberry lemonade recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

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Easy Raspberry Lemonade


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 8 (8 to 9 cups) 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This raspberry lemonade is easy to make and bursting with fresh flavor! It’s loads better than anything you can buy from the store.


Ingredients

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  • 1 ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (7 to 8 large lemons)*
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries (about ½ pint)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 6 cups water, divided
  • Ice
  • Fresh mint, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  1. Juice the lemons.
  2. Add the raspberries, sugar and 2 cups warm water to a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through fine mesh sieve into pitcher, using a spatula to push the liquid through (discard the seeds; this takes a few minutes to complete).
  3. Add 4 cups cold water and the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add ice to the pitcher and serve. If desired, garnish with extra raspberries and fresh mint sprigs. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Raw
  • Cuisine: Lemonade

Keywords: Raspberry lemonade

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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