Raspberry Lemonade Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


This refreshing cocktail is a delightful twist on the classic lemonade. It's a favorite among those who enjoy fruity and tangy flavors, perfect for a hot summer day or as a vibrant party drink. The Raspberry Lemonade cocktail is not only delicious but also visually appealing, making it a hit at social gatherings.

  • Origins
    • The exact origin is unclear, but it's a modern take on traditional lemonade.
  • Popularity
    • Loved by those who prefer a balance of sweet and sour notes in their drinks.
  • Variations
    • It can be made with or without alcohol, catering to a wide audience.

How Raspberry Lemonade Tastes?

The Raspberry Lemonade cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet raspberries and tart lemon, creating a refreshingly zesty flavor that dances on the palate. It's light, invigorating, and has a subtle hint of mint that complements the fruitiness.

Interesting facts about Raspberry Lemonade

  • The Raspberry Lemonade cocktail can be tailored to individual tastes by adjusting the sweetness or tartness.
  • It's a versatile drink that can be served non-alcoholic or spiked with a spirit of choice.
  • The vibrant red hue of the raspberries gives the drink a stunning visual appeal, making it as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the taste buds.


  • Fresh raspberries: 1/2 cup
  • Lemon juice: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Simple syrup: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Sparkling water: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Fresh mint leaves: 5 leaves
  • Ice cubes: 1 cup

Fresh raspberries

  • Used for their sweet and slightly tart flavor which balances beautifully with the lemon. If you have too few, the drink could be overly tart, too many and it might be too sweet. Alternative: swap for strawberries for a different berry twist.

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Lemon juice

  • The cornerstone of any good lemonade, it provides the tangy, refreshing kick. Without it, the cocktail would lose its characteristic zing. Note: Fresh is best, but bottled can do in a pinch!

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Simple syrup

  • It's the sweet counterpart to the lemon's tartness, bringing harmony to the cocktail. Eyeball this one with care, too much and you're sipping syrup, too little and your puckering turns permanent. Alternative: Agave syrup could be a hip swap, but expect a different sweetness profile.

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Sparkling water

  • Adds the effervescence that lifts the drink and makes it feel like a celebration in a glass. Without it, the cocktail could feel flat. Literally.

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Fresh mint leaves

  • They add an aromatic freshness that can't be beaten, bringing an extra layer of complexity to the sip. Forget the mint, and you'll miss out on the herby notes that make the drink pop.

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Ice cubes

  • They keep the drink icy cool and dilutes it to the perfect strength as they melt. No ice? Hope you like your lemonade lukewarm and concentrated.

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Recipe. How to make Raspberry Lemonade Drink

  1. Muddle the fresh raspberries and mint leaves in a shaker.
  2. Add lemon juice and simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously.
  4. Strain the mixture into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with sparkling water.
  6. Garnish with a few raspberries and a sprig of mint.

Pro Tips

  • To enhance the raspberry flavor, let the muddled raspberries and mint sit in the shaker for a few minutes before adding the other ingredients.
  • For a chilled glass, place your highball glass in the freezer for about 10 minutes before serving.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, adjust the amount of simple syrup to taste.

Perfect Pairings


  • Bruschetta: The acidity of the lemon in the cocktail cuts through the richness of the tomato and olive oil.
  • Cheese platter: Opt for fresh goat cheese or feta, which will pair nicely with the fresh and tangy profile of the cocktail.

Main Courses

  • Grilled chicken: The lemon in the cocktail complements the charred flavors of grilled meats.
  • Seafood pasta: The lemonade pairs well with the delicate flavors of seafood.


  • Lemon tart: An obvious pair – the cocktail's lemon flavor harmonizes with the tartness of the dessert.
  • Vanilla ice cream: The cocktail's brightness and fizz add a refreshing contrast to the creamy sweetness.

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What you could change in Raspberry Lemonade

  • Raspberries: Can be substituted with raspberry syrup if fresh raspberries are not available.
  • Simple Syrup: Agave syrup or honey can be used for a different sweetness profile.
  • Sparkling Water: Tonic water or soda water can be used for varying levels of carbonation.

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And of course - twists🍹

Raspberry Lemonade Sparkler

  • Substitute sparkling wine for sparkling water to add a bit of elegance and a boozy punch. It's a celebratory twist for those special sunny afternoons!

Spicy Raspberry Lemonade

  • Muddle in some jalapeño slices with the raspberries and mint for a drink with a kick. This twist is for those who like to walk on the wild side of the garden.

Herbal Raspberry Lemonade

  • Infuse the simple syrup with rosemary or basil before mixing it into the cocktail for an herby note. This is perfect for someone looking to impress their guests with a gourmet twist.

In case you forgot basics how to make Raspberry Lemonade

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Raspberry Lemonade

Can I make Raspberry Lemonade with frozen raspberries?

Yes, frozen raspberries can be used if fresh ones are not available. Make sure to thaw them slightly before muddling to release their juices.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Raspberry Lemonade?

The Raspberry Lemonade recipe provided is already non-alcoholic. However, for an alcoholic twist, you might consider adding a shot of vodka or raspberry liqueur.

What's the best way to muddle the ingredients without a muddler?

If you don't have a muddler, you can use the back of a spoon or a pestle to gently crush the raspberries and mint leaves to release their flavors.

How can I make this cocktail for a large group?

To serve a crowd, multiply the ingredients by the number of guests and mix in a large pitcher or bowl. Add the sparkling water just before serving to maintain the fizz.

What kind of glass is best for serving Raspberry Lemonade?

A highball glass is traditionally used for serving Raspberry Lemonade, but any tall glass will work.

How can I make my Raspberry Lemonade cocktail sweeter or more tart?

Adjust the sweetness by varying the amount of simple syrup, or the tartness by altering the lemon juice proportions to your taste.

Can I use a different type of mint in the cocktail?

Yes, while spearmint is commonly used, feel free to experiment with other varieties such as peppermint for a different flavor profile.

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