Today it is HOT - and that's supposed to be said with a double H and probably a bunch of Ts - more like, HHOTTTTTTT. We're talking the kind of hot where I am slowly slipping into a heat induced coma and every girl (except geeksugar, what were you thinking with long pants!) has slipped into a summer dress and sandals. Anyways, you're not here to read about dresses and sandals, you're here to read about what to drink when it's that hot outside.

When the heat gets up there (and I know, some people enjoy this weather, but not me) I really need something that can quench my thirst. A large margarita sounds good, and so does a slushy daiquiri, but the alcohol is just going to make it worse. So on a day like today, I suggest a nice tall pitcher of raspberry lemonade. The tartness of the raspberries and lemons mix really well together, and you can adjust the sweetness as you please. To check out the recipe,

Raspberry Lemonade
Sunset Magazine

1 cup rinsed fresh raspberries (6 oz)
2/3 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice
2 cups water

In a small bowl, with a potato masher or spoon, mash raspberries with sugar. Let stand 10 minutes. Press through a fine strainer into a pitcher (at least 1 1/2 qt.); discard seeds. Stir in lemon juice and water. Taste and add more sugar if desired. Pour into tall, ice-filled glasses.

Makes about 1 quart; 4 servings

CALORIES 157(1.9% from fat); FAT 0.3g (sat 0.0g); PROTEIN 0.5g; CHOLESTEROL 0.0mg; SODIUM 13mg; FIBER 0.0g; CARBOHYDRATE 41g