Once again I refer to the cookbook... "Bon Appetit Fast, Easy, Fresh" by Barbara Fairchild.
I have tweaked the recipe as fresh lemons are a bit pricey right now.
This is colorful, refreshing, and would be great for any special get-together.
And for the adults... why not add some vodka or gin, to taste.
1- 12 ounce package FROZEN RASPBERRIES, unsweetened
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. water
12 ounce can FROZEN LEMONADE CONCENTRATE, thawed
1 1-liter bottle chilled SPARKLING WATER or CLUB SODA (you may substitute 7-Up or Sprite if you would like a sweeter drink)
Combine frozen raspberries, sugar and 1/2 c. water in medium saucepan.
Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and berries thaw.
Increase heat and boil 3 minutes.
Strain raspberry mixture into a bowl, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible; discard solids in strainer.
Chill until cold.
Stir raspberry syrup, lemonade concentrate, and sparkling water in a large pitcher to blend.
Fill 6 glasses with ice cubes. Pour raspberry lemonade into glasses.
Add fresh raspberries to each glass and garnish with lemon slices and a sprig of mint. (I used the leaves from bergamot... bee balm).
Let each adult add vodka or gin to their drink as desired.
Now sit back... put your feet up... and let the summer begin!
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