Don't think a special drink is necessary for a picnic? Think again! All you have to do is make it in advance and pack it in a large recycled bottle or pitcher with a lid. I recommend serving something festive and refreshing like this pink lemonade. It takes its vibrant hue from raspberries and is slightly sweet, but not overly so. The ingredient list calls for sparkling water, but if no kids are in attendance, use sparkling wine! For the recipe, keep reading.
- 4 cups water
1 pint (about 2 cups) raspberries, plus more for garnish
1 3/4 cups sugar
1 quart store-bought lemonade
Ice, for serving
1 bottle (750 milliliters) sparkling water
- Bring water, raspberries, and sugar to boil in a large saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat, and let simmer for 15 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine sieve, pressing gently on berries to release juices; discard solids. Let syrup cool completely.
- Combine syrup and lemonade in a large pitcher. Divide among 16 ice-filled glasses. Top each with sparkling water, and vodka if using. Garnish with fresh raspberries.
- Drinks, Mocktails
- North American