Raspberry Lemonade Cooler

prepared by and photo by Emily S. Downs

“Homemade” raspberry-citron vodka and lemonade are the key ingredients for this summer refreshment. Makes a pitcher full but you may want to double up for a party of peeps! This drink needs a little prep (w/no effort), but it’s worth it in the long run because it makes enough for a small party!  In all honesty I have yet to add ginger to this concoction, but if you like a bit of “zing”, than I say, go for it! (Recipe originally from Bon Appétit, June 2005)

Size: makes 8 drinks

Ingredients:
2 (6 oz) containers raspberries
3 cups citron vodka

4 lemons, each cut into 8 pieces
3 tbsp sugar
4 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger (optional... adds ZING)
6 cups lemonade (made from concentrate)
Ice cubes
8 fresh mint sprigs

Directions:

Mash berries in large bowl.  Add vodka; cover and chill overnight. Strain, pressing on solids to release liquid (there should be about 3 cups raspberry vodka).

Place lemon pieces, sugar, and ginger (I have made this w/out & it is still oh so delicious!!), if desired, in large pitcher. Mash lemons with large wooden spoon to release juices. Add lemonade and raspberry vodka; stir to bled. (Can be made 8 hours ahead. Cover and chill.)

Add ice cubes to pitcher and sir well. Divide lemonade, mashed lemons, and ice among 8 glasses. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.


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Author: Emily Sarah Downs

Cuisine Coordinator, Tips From Town, Ridgewood, NJ

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