Refreshing tart and sweet, this homemade lemonade with raspberry and ginger is just bursting with the fruity goodness of fresh raspberries and lemons. It's the ideal thirst-quencher for hot summer days, picnics, potlucks, or just when you need a cheerful drink to brighten your mood. With a touch of ginger and mint, it's a flavorful twist on the classic lemonade.
Easy Homemade Raspberry Lemonade Recipe
There is something so special about homemade lemonade, it gets guzzled down so quickly every time I make it.
Plus it is free from artificial flavors, and you get to control the amount of sugar that is added, which is a major bonus when you are facing a slew of hot summer days when you know the kids will be wanting cold drinks on repeat.
This version uses fresh raspberries, sugar, and ginger to make a simple syrup which is then mixed with lemon juice squeezed from fresh lemons, and soda water for a drink that is both sparkling and refreshing.
Add some fresh mint and you will be in sipping heaven.
This drink is perfect for cooling down on a hot day, or when you want a little something fancy to sip on at night.
Need another delicious drink for sipping? Try this watermelon juice next!
A Note On Ingredients
My favorite thing about this drink is that it is made with fresh fruit and a handful of other simple ingredients.
You will need:
- Fresh lemon juice: you can use bottled lemon juice if you prefer, but the flavor will be so much more superior if you use freshly squeezed. We also need the zest of lemon to make the lemon flavor in this drink really pop, so I would absolutely reccomend investing in a fresh lemon;
- Raspberries: fresh work best, however, frozen raspberries can tend to be cheaper when you are sourcing them outside of summer months, and they will work just as well;
- Ginger: you need to use fresh ginger here, as using the prepared ginger will result in the drink being way too strong. We just want a hint of a ginger flavor here;
- Mint: again, fresh mint sprigs work best, and seeing as we are using this as a garnish, you will want to use fresh leaves;
- Sugar: increase or decrease the amount of sugar used depending on how sweet you like your drinks. You can replace the sugar used with a sugar substitute such as monk fruit if preferred. You can also use honey or maple syrup, however this may affect the outcome of the simple syrup in terms of consistency, so just keep that in mind;
- Soda Water: I have a soda stream and make my own, but whatever your favorite soda water from the store is would work fine here. Alternatively, if you aren't a fan of sparkling water then just switch it out for some regular water.
- Ice cubes: use whatever size works for your glass or large pitcher for serving.
I reccomend having lots of ice on hand as everyone will be coming back for a second serve of this perfect thirst quencher.
To serve you may want some extra raspberries, lemon slices, and sprigs of mint.
How To Make Raspberry Syrup
The raspberry puree we make for this homemade lemonade recipe is just bursting with flavor due to the addition of ginger, and both lemon juice and lemon zest.
It is the perfect base for elevating a homemade lemonade recipe.
Simply add the lemon juice, lemon zest, fresh raspberries, fresh ginger, sugar, mint, and water to a saucepan, and bring to a slow boil.
Once boiling, reduce the temperature and allow the mixture to simmer for about 25 minutes until it resembles a syrup (albeit a chunky syrup) .
Remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes.
It will thicken slightly as it cools.
Once it is cooled you will want to strain it through a fine mesh sieve to make sure you remove the raspberry pulp and all of the other solid ingredients.
We want a silky smooth syrup to use as the base for the drink.
Tip: do not skip the step of straining through a fine mesh strainer. This is important in terms of removing the raspberry seeds and other solids and allowing for the perfect 'bit-free' lemonade.
Add the remaining lemon juice and mix well to combine.
Allow the mixture to come to room temperature before popping it into the fridge and allowing it to cool completely.
Another great drink recipe using homemade simple syrup is this Virgin Cosmopolitan.
How To Assemble The Drink Mix
Note: please continue to the recipe card below for the full ingredient and instruction list.
Once your syrup has cooled completely you will need to assemble the raspberry lemonade drink.
Get a nice big glass and add 3 tablespoons of the raspberry mix, followed by some ice, and then top it all off with some sparkling water.
Give it a gentle stir and top with some fresh raspberries and lime slices to make it a little bit fancy, and you are good to go.
TIP: if you or whoever you are serving this to doesn't like soda water, you can use regular cold water instead.
Serving and Storing
Serve your masterpiece with some sprigs of fresh mint, lemon slices, and fresh raspberries.
The raspberry syrup can be made and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.
Simply add it to a glass with some ice and top it up with sparkling water when it comes time to serve.
The homemade syrup also freezes well and can be frozen for about 3 months if a suitable freezer-friendly container is used.
More Homemade Lemonade Recipes
Love fresh lemonade?
Try one of these delicious recipes with less sugar and artificial sweeteners than what you would get if you bought a store-bought version:
- Watermelon Lemonade with Honey
- Fresh Peach and Honey Lemonade
- Homemade Naturally Sweetened Lemonade Concentrate
I hope you love this easy raspberry lemonade as much as we do.
Feel free to leave a comment letting us know if you try it, or save it to one of your favorite Pinterest boards for later.
Now go pour yourself a nice glass of lemonade.
Sparkling Lemonade with Raspberry and Ginger
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Raspberry Lemonade Syrup
- 4 large lemons
- 2 cups fresh raspberries
- 2 cups filtered water
- 5-7 thin slices of ginger
- 1 cup of sugar or sugar alternative
- few sprigs of fresh mint leaves only
Lemon Raspberry Lemonade per 1 glass
- ½ cup soda water or fresh water
- 3 tablespoons lemon raspberry syrup
- 2 slices fresh lemon
- mint for garnish (optional)
- raspberry for garnish (optional)
Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate
- Using a small grater zest two lemons, then squeeze the juice from the lemons into a small bowl and set aside (see notes).4 large lemons
- Use a small teaspoon to peel the outer layer of the ginger. Cut 5-7 thin slices of ginger.5-7 thin slices of ginger
- Put the lemon juice, lemon zest, slices of ginger, sugar, raspberry and mint leaves into a small saucepan.2 cups fresh raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, few sprigs of fresh mint
- Add the water and bring to a gentle boil on the stovetop.2 cups filtered water
- Once the mixture reaches a boil, reduce the heat until just simmering, and allow to simmer for about 25 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and leave to cool for about 7-10 minutes.
- Strain the raspberry syrup through a fine strainer into a jar or convenient.
- Juice the remaining two lemons, and add the juice to the cooled raspberry mixture. Mix well and pop into the fridge to cool.
Lemon Raspberry Lemonade
- In a tall glass add 3 tablespoons of the lemon raspberry syrup along with 2 slices of lemon and the ice.3 tablespoons lemon raspberry syrup, 2 slices fresh lemon
- Stir gently to combine and then add the soda water to fill the glass.½ cup soda water or fresh water
- Top with fresh raspberries (optional) and serve.mint for garnish, raspberry for garnish
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