If it’s summer, it’s time for lemonade right? A pitcher of tart sweet lemonade takes up permanent residence in our refrigerator from June through August every year. It’s just got the right amount of everything in it to quench your thirst but make your mouth happy at the same time. Ice cold water can do the job but it just doesn’t have the same joie de vivre. But this year, the lemonade in residence is going to be of the pink (okay red) variety. This year’s lemonade is going to be fresh, sparkling raspberry lemonade.
It’s summertime and the living is easy. Well, at least that’s how the saying goes. Sometimes the living is easy. Kicking back and relaxing with a cold glass of raspberry lemonade is one way to be living easy, that’s for sure.
Lemonade really is the unofficial drink of summer and it’s one of those few things that most everyone likes as is…no alterations necessary. How rare is that these days? Recently, I had the opportunity to work with Seagram’s ginger ale and to play around with it a little bit. I know, what’s to play around with…it’s ginger ale? Well, I’ve been using ginger ale in dessert recipes lately but as far as ginger ale drinks, it’s pretty much just straight up ginger ale.
Growing up, Seagram’s ginger ale is what my parents used as the base for many a punch recipe to celebrate birthdays, graduations and holidays. I’ve used it straight up in celebratory toasts when the occasion called for bubbles of the non-alcoholic variety. But up until now, I hadn’t really thought about making up some ginger ale cocktails or even ginger ale drinks of the non-alcoholic variety. Until now.
Seagram’s is kicking off the summer with a cool app that’s called Good To Be You. Think of it as a virtual way to toast your friends success. You can find the app at Seagram’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SeagramsGingerAle. And then what happens? The app allows you to stamp your friends’ photos with a GTBU (Good To Be You) stamp that will then appear on your wall, on Seagram’s Facebook page and your friends feed that let’s people know that you think their good moment should be shared and that it’s Good To Be Them.
And for those friends that are physically a little closer, this raspberry lemonade is a great way to celebrate birthdays, graduations, babies, weddings, mowing the lawn, finishing up that last painting project or just making it through the week.
What makes this raspberry lemonade special is using ginger ale in place of the water. The ginger ale gives this drink an extra sparkly kick. The spicy flavor that ginger gives to the raspberries and lemons makes this taste like so much more than just lemonade. One of the really great things about this recipe is that you can make up a batch of the raspberry syrup and keep it handy in the refrigerator (or portion it out into ice cube trays and freeze it) and make up the raspberry lemonade by the glass or pitcher as the celebration calls for it. So raise a glass and celebrate: It’s Good To Be You!
Recipe: Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade
- 1/2 Cup Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 Cup Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Water
- 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
- 2 Tablespoons Raspberry Sauce
- 3/4 Cup Ginger Ale
For Raspberry Sauce
- Add the raspberries, water and sugar to a small saucepan.
- Over medium high heat, cook until the sugar dissolves. While this is going on, use a wooden spoon to smash and break up the raspberries.
- Continue cooking until you see that the mixture is thickening up a bit (the bubbles will take a little longer to form).
- Remove from heat.
- Place a small strainer over a container and pour the raspberry mixture into the strainer.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, work the raspberry mixture back and forth removing the remaining raspberry pulp from the seeds.
- Throw the seeds away.
- Let the raspberry sauce cool.
For Raspberry Lemonade
- Mix 2 tablespoons lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of the raspberry sauce.
- Add the ginger ale to this mixture.
- Fill a glass with cracked ice and pour the lemonade over the ice.
- Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.
The raspberry sauce is easily multiplied to make a larger batch.
If you want to freeze it in ice cube trays, the standard ice cube is 2 tablespoons. Which is perfect for a single serving.
I mixed frozen raspberries in with my crushed ice when serving this raspberry lemonade. This made for little surprises in the glass as the drink was being finished.
Preparation time: 30 minute(s) Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegan
Diet tags: Gluten free
Number of servings (yield): 1
Culinary tradition: USA (General)