This refreshing homemade raspberry lemonade is perfect for hot summer days! Once you try our fresh raspberry lemonade recipe, you’ll never go back to store-bought!
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It’s that time of the year again, and the days are getting hot, hot, HOT! Homemade lemonade is one of my favorite ways to beat the summer heat, and this easy raspberry lemonade is the perfect thirst quencher for a hot day! (Bonus: it also mixes really well with vodka or rum for a refreshing cocktail option, too!)
Once you make this quick and easy raspberry lemonade recipe, you’ll never buy lemonade from the grocery store again!
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How to Make Raspberry Lemonade from Scratch
This raspberry lemonade recipe uses fresh, simple ingredients, so make sure to select ripe fruit and high-quality ingredients for the best results.
Supplies Needed for Homemade Raspberry Lemonade:
- Fresh Raspberries
- Lemons (or Lemon Juice)
- Lime (or Lime Juice) – the lime adds another depth of flavor to your lemonade, but you can swap it out for 100% lemon juice if desired.
- Vanilla Extract
- Mint Leaves (optional, for garnish)
You’ll also need a blender (or food processor), a large pitcher, and a fine mesh strainer.
Note: this recipe as written will make 8 servings of raspberry lemonade, but you can easily double or triple the recipe for a large crowd!
Now, first things first, you might be surprised to notice that this lemonade recipe doesn’t contain classic simple syrup or raspberry syrup. In fact, there’s no cooking in this recipe at all, so it’s an easy way to put this delicious drink in your hands in no time at all!
Begin by adding the raspberries, half of the lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and vanilla extract into a blender or food processor.
Blend together until all of the ingredients have been incorporated and the sugar dissolves completely, about 2-3 minutes.
Strain the mixture into a large pitcher to remove any seeds and pulp from the lemon raspberry puree.
Add the water and the rest of the lemon juice to the pitcher, and stir until combined. Garnish with lemon slices, whole raspberries, and a sprig or two of fresh mint.
Pour the homemade lemonade into mason jars or a tall glass (add ice cubes if desired!), add fresh berries and lemon wedges, and finish it off with a colorful paper straw.
NOTE: Adding the sugar into the blender with the raspberries and lemon juice will add a bit of froth to your lemonade. We enjoy the froth, so we prefer this method; however, if you prefer your raspberry lemonade froth-free, you can omit the sugar in Step 1 and add it to the lemonade along with the water in Step 3 instead. Just make sure to stir things extra well – it takes a little bit of effort to dissolve the sugar by hand!
YUM! There’s nothing better than a cold refreshing lemonade and some porch sittin’ in the summer – it’s the best part of the season, if you ask me! (Along with ALL the swimming, of course!)
Serve this refreshing homemade lemonade at your summer parties or summer bbq, or even at your next lemonade stand! It’s sure to be a HUGE hit wherever you present it!
I Want My Lemonade to be Sweeter/More Tart…What Can I Do About It?
Feel free to adjust the amounts depending on how strong you like your lemonade. The beauty of making homemade lemonade is that you can adjust all of the flavors to your liking!
For example, I find most store bought lemonades to be too strong, so I always add a splash of water. Others like their lemonade potent and will like less water. Some may want more sugar or more raspberry. Feel free to play around with the ratios of ingredients until you find the combination that suits your personal taste!
Hot days call for cold drinks, and this yummy raspberry lemonade is sure to join the list of your favorite recipes!
The Best Raspberry Lemonade Recipe
Fresh Raspberry Lemonade
What You’ll Need:
- 1 cup Fresh Raspberries
- 1 cup Fresh Lemon Juice (~ 6 large lemons)
- 2 Tbsp Lime Juice (~ 1/2 lime)
- 3/4 cup Sugar (granulated)
- 6 cups Water
- Ice Cubes
- Lemon Slices, Raspberries, & Fresh Mint Leaves for garnish
- Add the raspberries, half the lemon juice, lime juice, sugar, and vanilla extract to a blender or food processor. Blend the mixture together until incorporated and the sugar has completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes.
- Strain the mixture into a pitcher with a fine mesh strainer to separate the raspberries seeds and pulp from the juice.
- Add the water and the rest of the lemon juice into the pitcher and stir until combined.
- Pour into cups and serve with ice cubes. Garnish with a lemon slice, a few fresh raspberries, and a sprig of mint.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to one week.
While you have all of these ingredients out, you could also substitute raspberries and whip up a batch of my favorite strawberry lemonade fruit snacks! Or, have fun playing around with different fruit combinations with these other flavored lemonade recipes from my friends: