Drink Of The Week - Raspberry Lemonade

Check out this simple and fun recipe from My Baking Addiction; what a great end-of-summer drink! It's the paper straw and raspberry skewer garnish that I really love!

1 cup sugar
1 cup of water
¾ cup raspberries plus more whole berries for garnish if desired
1 cup fresh lemon juice
4-6 cups cold water (will vary depending on your taste)

1. Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar with 1 cup of water in a saucepan. Place over medium heat and heat until the sugar in completely dissolved; swirl the pan occasionally. Let cool.

2. Measure 3/4 of fresh raspberries and puree them in your blender or food processor.

3. Push the raspberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to separate the seeds from the pulp.

4. Once the simple syrup has cooled, combine the raspberry puree, simple syrup and lemon juice in a large pitcher.

5. Add 4-6 cups of cold water. The amount of water you use will depend on your taste, so add as little or as much as you want to achieve your perfect sweet/tart balance.

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