This recipe has been featured in a post on Parade Magazine’s food blog: 5 Spiked Lemonade Recipes to Keep You Cool This Summer
Yield: 4 cocktails
Prep Time: 20 min + chill time
Cook Time: 2 min
Spiked Raspberry Lemonade
RASPBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:
1 cup water
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
2/3 cup fresh raspberries
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
4 ounces raspberry vodka, divided
raspberries/lemon slices for garnish, optional
1. Make the simple syrup: Heat water in a glass measuring cup in the microwave (or in a small pan on the stove) until almost boiling. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Cool slightly, then pour into a blender along with the raspberries and pulse until pureed. Pour the raspberry simple syrup through a fine sieve to strain out the seeds. Refrigerate until cold (can make ahead).
2. Prepare the cocktails: In a medium pitcher, combine the raspberry simple syrup, 1 1/2 cups water and lemon juice. Divide ice between 4 medium glasses. Divide raspberry lemonade between the glasses. Top each glass with 1 ounce (or more) of the vodka. Stir to combine, and garnish with skewers of raspberry and lemon (or float them in the glass). Serve immediately.
*Use regular vodka if you don't wish to purchase raspberry-flavored vodka.