July 04, 2013

Raspberry Lemonade


Summer is my favorite season of them all. I love having vacations, the sun, the warm weather and of course, the food that comes with it. I've never been a fan of lemon-foods because it causes stomach acid on me. But lately, I've been a lot into lemonade. 


A glass full of ice and squeezed lemon juice is incredibly refreshing. I often kept a jar in my fridge since it began to get warm in Montreal.

For those of you who might be interested, here are some of the benefits of lemons and limes*:

-It raises the levels of citrate in the body and therefore helps reduce kidney stones.
-Good source of Vitamin C.
-Good antioxidant.
-Anti-inflammatory agent.


 One day I bumped up with raspberry lemonades in Pinterest. They looked so pretty that I had to give them a try and you guys should too. It’s delicious, refreshing and a great way to accompany your snacks or just have a cold glass in the middle of a warm summer afternoon.

Many raspberry lemonade recipes suggest you push the raspberries through a mesh, but that will keep the little raspberry seeds out of your lemonade and I prefer keeping them to get a tiny bit of fiber and a bit more flavor.  There’s really no big difference, it’s just how I prefer it.


Ingredients: 
-3/4 cup sugar (picture only shows 1/2 cup because I didn't have a 3/4 cup with me then)
-1 cup of water
-1 cup raspberries
-1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 7 lemons)
-5 cups cold water. Considering you’ll add ice to your glass, this amount of water should be fine, but this will vary depending on your taste and

Kitchin-it!
1. In saucepan, combine the sugar with 1 cup of water. Cook over medium-heat until sugar is dissolved. Let it cool, this will be your “syrup”.
2. Pure the raspberries in a blender.
3. In a large pitcher combine the syrup, the pureed raspberries, the lemon juice and the rest of the water.


 4. Mix well and serve. I like serving it in a glass full of ice; otherwise you might need to add more water.
5. Enjoy it!



*Source for the benefts of lemons and limes: The 150 healthiest foods on earth by Jonny Bowden
Recipe inspired by My Baking Addiction

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