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Two glasses of homemade raspberry lemonade with fresh raspberries, fresh mint, and lemon slices

Easy Raspberry Lemonade

  • Author: Emily Dixon, Sweets & Thank You
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 cups lemonade 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This easy 4-ingredient raspberry lemonade recipe is a perfect pink drink for any celebration! Don’t miss our favorite variations in the notes below. 



For The Raspberry Syrup:

  • 2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed mint leaves (optional)

To Make The Raspberry Lemonade:

  • 1 batch (about 1 3/4 cup) raspberry simple syrup (above)
  • 34 cups Ice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 7–9 lemons)
  • 3 cups cold water or sparkling water*

Optional Garnishes:

  • Slices lemons (or lemon wedges)
  • Fresh raspberries (or frozen raspberries)
  • Fresh mint leaves or basil leaves
  • Other ideas: Pretty ice cubes, edible flowers, or other kinds of fresh berries


Start By Making The Raspberry Syrup:

  1. Combine The Ingredients. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and 2 cups of raspberries. Stir and simmer on medium heat for 5-10 minutes, breaking up the raspberries and stirring to dissolve the sugar completely.
  2. Strain Out The Seeds. Pour the syrup through a fine mesh strainer to strain out the seeds and press down with a spatula or wooden spoon to extract as much pulp as you can through the strainer. (Discard any seeds or remaining pulp).
  3. Cool Or Chill. Cool the raspberry syrup to room temperature (or chill up to 2 days, until you’re ready to make the lemonade).
  4. (Or, Make It In A Blender Instead!) Alternatively, you can place these ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree them before straining rather than simmering them on the stove. Then, strain the fresh raspberry puree and proceed as directed. 

Then, Make The Lemonade:

  1. Combine Syrup & Lemon Juice. In a large pitcher, combined the cooled & strained raspberry syrup and the fresh lemon juice. Stir to combine. This is your own homemade lemonade concentrate! (Refrigerate the lemonade concentrate mixture at this point if you’re making it in advance. Finish the rest of the steps right before serving.)
  2. Add Ice. Then, add 3-4 cups of ice to the pitcher.
  3. Stir In The Water. Pour 3 cups of water or sparkling water into the pitcher and gently stir to combine. (Taste and add more sugar/sweetener as needed, depending on the tartness of your berries and lemons.)
  4. Garnish with additional raspberries, fresh mint leaves, lemon slices, and more.
  5. Serve & Store. Enjoy immediately. Leftover raspberry lemonade will last 3-4 days in the refrigerator or up to 1 month in the freezer.  


Variations To Try:

  • GET HERBY! Try adding fresh mint or fresh basil (yes, really!) to your raspberry syrup. We use this trick in our Strawberry Lemonade recipe, and it’s delicious!
  • MAKE PRETTY ICE CUBES. Freeze whole raspberries, mint leaves, or mixed berries in your ice cubes for a pretty look.
  • GO LIME INSTEAD. Or, swap the lemon juice for lime juice and turn this into raspberry limeade.
  • MAKE IT FRECKLED. Make “freckled” raspberry lemonade by leaving in 1/3-1/2 of the raspberry pulp. It’s got a more rustic, homemade appearance and tastes delicious. (You can also just muddle in a handful or two of fresh raspberries after straining the syrup.)
  • ADD PEACH. In the summer when peaches are at their peak, try dicing a peeled, pitted peach and adding it along with the raspberries for a raspberry-peach lemonade. SO GOOD.
  • TRY GINGER! Or, add another layer of flavor nuance by adding fresh ginger to the simple syrup. It adds a little warmth and depth that’s lovely with the cool, refreshing flavors in this drink! 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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