With summer kicking off semi-officially this weekend with Memorial Day, I wanted to share a fun, summery drink with you. What could be better than sitting by the pool or on the patio with a fruity, pink cold beverage this weekend?! Granted, living in Canada means that I will be enjoying the lovely view of my cubicle walls on Monday, but I can live vicariously through you all (and not feel too bad since I had Monday off this week for Victoria Day).
I made you a really fun, refreshing mocktail (that could easily be made a real cocktail with a bit of vodka). The base is a homemade raspberry syrup. We've been fortunate enough to have some really sweet raspberries at our grocery store, and after buying a large carton on a whim, I decided to make them into syrup. The syrup is so versatile, you could add it to any number of drinks, both with or without alcohol. You could pour it over ice cream or even pancakes. It will keep for a week or so in the refrigerator, but I can guarantee that it won't last that long. (I may have slurped some down by the spoonful.) And it is easy to make. I just put everything in the saucepan, stirred it a few times, and washed my dishes as it bubbled away. And then I mixed up two delicious beverages, now dubbed Raspberry Sparklers, and I drank both myself. And by drank, I mean I inhaled them. PS these pink drinks would go well with Strawberry Lemonade Bars for a baby shower.
Have a wonderful and safe Memorial Day weekend! I will certainly enjoy my regular weekend - sipping some raspberry sparklers, garage sale-ing it up at the Great Glebe Garage Sale, and planting my balcony garden!
For each drink:Ice, to fill the glass
2 ounces raspberry syrup (see below)
8 ounces lemon sparkling water (I used Perrier Lemon)
Lemon slices and raspberries for garnish
Fill a glass with ice, then pour in raspberry syrup. Slowly pour in lemon sparkling water. Garnish with lemon slices, raspberries, and fun straws to serve. (Note: I made each drink separately, but you could definitely premix a pitcher of this to serve to guests, just beware that the syrup sort of settles to the bottom so you may want to stir it before serving. Also feel free to adjust the ratios of syrup to sparkling water based on your preferences.)
Homemade Raspberry SyrupFrom Homemade Simple
Makes 1-1/2 cups
2 cups fresh raspberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup cold water
Combine the berries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
Allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes, then strain through a fine mesh sieve. Store in an airtight container.