Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade


Recently my family celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday!  We are very blessed to have such a wonderful lady in our lives.  When my family was planning the event, everyone offered different ways to help out.  I’m not gonna lie, part of the reason I offered to do the punch was because I wanted to be SURE there would be no sherbet in sight!  No offense to people who like punch made with sherbet, but I just wanted something different for my grandma’s big party.  I searched high & low for a recipe that would be delicious, easy to prepare, and easy to multiply.  It didn’t take long to land on a recipe from Martha Stewart.

Y’all, this recipe was so.freaking.good.  It was a definite hit!  I had a couple people ask for the recipe while at the party, and then later my mom called me because there were more inquiries!  Not only did it taste great, it truly was very simple and stress-free to make, using just 3 ingredients.  (4 if you count the ice.)   I’ve made this with frozen raspberries (that’s how I made it for the party), and with fresh raspberries as you can see in the photo below.  I have to admit, I prefer it with frozen.  The frozen raspberries have more juice that permeates into the punch, giving it more flavor as well as color.  Either way, this is a really refreshing & delightful drink option for a party.  I think it would be perfect for a baby shower, wedding shower, or any gathering.

IMG_2702-2Here’s an example of what it looks like with fresh raspberries.  As you can see it’s barely pink.


Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade Punch

Yield: about 12 cups


8 cups (2 quarts) ginger ale
3/4 cup powdered lemonade mix
4 cups (16 ounces) frozen raspberries
4 cups ice


In a large pitcher or punch bowl mix the ginger ale and lemonade mix. Before serving, stir in the raspberries and ice.

And of course, me and a photo of the birthday honoree!


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