Monday, July 21, 2014

Raspberry Lime Spritzers

This refreshing nonalcoholic summer drink lends its bright flavor to fresh raspberries and a hint of lime. Plus, its vibrant color makes it pretty to look at!

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Raspberry Lime Spritzer

Now that it's mid-summer, I'm starting to see more and more fresh raspberries in the markets. That's a very good thing because I absolutely love raspberries. There's just something about them that makes me smile... perhaps because they always remind me of childhood trips to the farm for berry picking.

To take advantage of the season, I thought it would be fun to come up with a recipe that highlighted raspberries' delicate balance between tartness and sweetness. This Raspberry Lime Spritzer only calls for a handful of ingredients and takes very little effort to prepare, which means you'll be sipping on a refreshing beverage in no time!

The drink's gorgeous color makes it the perfect beverage to serve at your next summer picnic, backyard barbecue, or pool party. Or, if you're planning a menu for an upcoming baby shower, the Raspberry Lime Spritzer would be a fabulous addition to the beverage table, one that the mommy-to-be would appreciate since it doesn't call for any alcohol.

Are you ready to see how easily this drink comes together?

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Fresh Raspberries

Start with some fresh raspberries. A half-pint will be plenty to create spritzers for four people... Or, if you're obsessed with raspberries as much as I am, a half-pint will be plenty to create a small pitcher of spritzers just for you.

Sometimes, it's okay not to share.

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Fresh Raspberries, Lime, and Mint

You'll also want some lime and some fresh mint.

Actually, truth be told, the mint is really just used as a garnish here. It's not a deal-breaker if you don't have any on hand. If you decide to skip the mint, then I promise I won't tell anyone.

*pinkie swear*

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Raspberry Lime Spritzer

Puree the raspberries in a blender until smooth, and, if you want, strain the seeds with a fine mesh strainer. Stirring gently, mix in a 1/4 cup of simple syrup, the juice of half a lime, and 2 cups of chilled sparkling water. Pour over ice and garnish, if desired, with a wedge of fresh lime and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Raspberry Lime Spritzer

Voila!

That's all there is to it! Doesn't that look fabulous?

Now, I enjoyed my Raspberry Lime Spritzer while sending pitch emails to prospective freelance clients... When you make this recipe, I highly suggest you enjoy your spritzer while soaking up some summer sunshine and reading a good book. It makes for a better mental image. ;-)

Raspberry Lime Spritzers
Yield: 4 servings | Printable Recipe

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 pint (1 cup) fresh raspberries, rinsed and drained
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 2 cups sparkling water, chilled
  • 4 wedges fresh lime, for garnish
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
  1. In a small saucepan, stir together the sugar and water. Bring the sugar mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and let the mixture simmer for 2 minutes, or until the sugar has completely dissolved. (This will make about 1/2 cup of simple syrup.) Set aside to cool.
  2. Using a blender, puree the raspberries until smooth. If desired, strain the raspberry puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds. Pour the puree into a small pitcher.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of the cooled simple syrup and the fresh lime juice. Stir and taste. Add more simple syrup if desired.
  4. Slowly pour in the chilled sparkling water and stir to combine.
  5. To serve, pour the spritzer over ice and garnish with one lime wedge and one sprig of mint per glass.
Recipe by Michelle Rittler | Taste As You Go

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