Raspberry Vanilla Smash Lemonade


One thing I don’t want to hear about at the moment: fall. No. Just no. I’m not ready. I don’t want to hear about pumpkins or yellow leaves or sweaters. Not just yet. Let me enjoy this sweltering heatwave. Let me enjoy the pool (if I can find one). Let me just enjoy the now, which is usually so hard for me to do, okay?

One thing I do want to talk about: ways to not be miserably hot. Firstly, air-conditioning. I typically think air-conditioning is like fake air and fake air is a little weird. BUT, it’s kind of necessary right now. Secondly, if I’m going float around a pool, I want to do it in a donut floatie. Can we all just agree that that’s awesome. And ridiculous. Which means all of us need one.

Thirdly, lemonade of all kinds. Specifically this one, because there’s raspberries and a vanilla bean and lemon juice. And, you get to smash the whole thing up which makes it fun!

This recipe is not really a recipe. It is a recipe, but it’s almost too easy to be called a recipe.

You basically smash three awesome things together: raspberries, vanilla/sugar and lemon juice. And then add water. Perfect. We’re in what I like to call a “let’s not turn the oven on” zone.

Do you ever notice that when you add vanilla bean caviar to a liquid it just stays clumped together? That’s annoying. While I love vanilla bean, I don’t want a small ball of it in my lemonade, I want it evenly disbursed.

I like to mix the vanilla bean with the sugar. This creates an even distribution of vanilla specks.

Very important. It’s the little things!

(P.S. I think the sugar/vanilla tip is genius but can’t take credit for it. I learned it on the internets from Shuna Lydon. She’s smart.)

The raspberry flavor is tart, as is the lemon, so I made this recipe a little bit sweeter than I usually do. If you don’t have the biggest sweet tooth, start with 1/2 cup of sugar and go from there.

This lemonade is pretty and tart and has the most lovely smell. When you stare into your glass, you’ll even see little vanilla specks floating around.

Delicious! Refreshing! Gimme!

Raspberry Vanilla Smash Lemonade

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3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped
1 1/2 cups raspberries, rinsed
5 lemons, juiced (about 1 1/4 cup of lemon juice)
Pinch of salt
3 cups water

1. In a small bowl, add the sugar. Using your fingers, mix in the vanilla caviar until it’s thoroughly distributed throughout the sugar.

2. In a large bowl, add the raspberries, lemon juice, vanilla sugar and pinch of salt. Let the mixture stand for 10 minutes. The lemon juice and sugar will help release the raspberries’ juices. Next, using the back of a wooden spoon (or muddler, if you have one), smash the raspberries until the mixture resembles a puree. Strain the juice through a sieve, pushing the mixture with the back of spoon. You want to get all the juice you can get! Add 3 cups of water to the mixture and transfer to a fridge for at least an hour. Pour over ice. YUM!

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  • Reply Monica Dubsky January 18, 2015 at 12:16 am

    This looks wonderful!

  • Reply Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 13, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of year! I am from Chicago and what I miss most is Fall, when the seasons change, wood fires burn, and that chilly breeze begins.

  • Reply Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen August 12, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    What a great idea to stir the bean into sugar, this would work in so many recipes. What a delightful and pretty drink to make for guests.. and myself:D xx

  • Reply Jenn August 12, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I will be making this tontight + vodka. Or maybe gin. But minus the vanilla beans. That’s just too fancy for me. I’m a loser, I know. I’m guessing it will still be awesome…

  • Reply Sue/the view from great island August 11, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    You had me at ‘vanilla specks floating around’…!

  • Reply PerniciousPeepee August 11, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Yo, what up, PerniciousPeepee all up in this bitch. Spice this lemonade up with the real deal! You know … Peepee. Punish your tongue with that pernicious flavor! Boo yah!

  • Reply Alison August 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Amazingly delicious. I’d love a cup of this right now! This is the first year in my entire life where the fall will actually increase the temperatures I’m used to as I move to the middle east. Yay for warm weather all year!!

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