Raspberry Lemonade

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Those dog days of summer beg for something refreshing and delish to sip slowly whilst you bask under the beauty and warmth of the summer sun. I’m a sucker for any type of fruit combined with lemonade and this combination of raspberries and lemon is arguably my favourite. This raspberry lemonade is the perfect balance of sweet and tart with the sweetness of farm-fresh raspberries with just enough pucker to remind you that you’re enjoying a drink made with tart lemons. If you’re not a raspberry fan, you can easily replace them with strawberries or blueberries or any other berry that tickles your fancy. If you have any mint on hand, infuse the lemonade with mint for some colour variation and more deliciousness. 

Lemonade is synonymous with summer time and this gorgeous pink lemonade is the perfect addition to any barbecue or pool side party. It’s ridiculously refreshing, free of additives and preservatives (unlike the bottled and powdered varieties which contain questionable amounts of high-fructose corn syrup, aspartame and other ingredients that shouldn’t find their way into drinks you’ll be sharing with your kids this summer). And the best part about this? The gorgeous blush pink colour that’ll have you swooning and thanking the heavens that summer has arrived!

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Mint Lemonade (Limonana)

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I was wearing my travel-agent hat for the better part of the day today. I found myself scouring through various travel publications and last-minute travel websites in search of a holiday destination for a quick getaway; a curious fact considering that my husband and I are just coming off the heels of a 3-week winter holiday, but they say, “no man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one” and so, we are clearly an exemplification of that adage. So all this talk about holidays and destinations boasting balmy beaches and resorts, left me with a hankering for a sweet elixir of sorts; a cool summery drink to suit the mood I was in. So perhaps you’re thinking that this drink is not conducive to this time of year, but I beg to differ. What better time is there than the dead of winter to whip up a pitcher of sweet lemonade, kick up your heels, and reminisce about past holidays spent in warmer climates.

This particular drink is one we first enjoyed in Dubai; a drink that was introduced to us by our good friends from across the pond, Naveen and Rehan. It has become a quick favourite in our home. The recipe is indigenous to the Middle East with Syria, Turkey and Lebanon all having claimed credit for the origins of this sweet drink. It’s the type of drink that hits the spot on a cold winter’s day spent indoors, as much as it does on a sweltering hot day in the peak of summer. The flavour is very much what you’d expect of a lemonade — a balance of sweetness and tartness — but there’s a residual taste of fresh mint that livens the drink completely and transforms it from your run-of-the-mill, pedestrian lemonade to a higher flavour profile. The colour is deep and gorgeous and intensifies as it sits in the bottle or pitcher. The texture is similar to that of a margarita as the slush from the crushed ice rises to the top creating a foam of sorts that is both beautiful to look at and adds a textural element with the crunch of pulverized ice cubes.

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