Sunday, July 29, 2012

Raspberry Vanilla Lemon-Limeade

I have a folder of bookmarked recipes on my computer titled "Kids", which is full of recipes I've saved to try out on my grandkids, ages 13, 11, and almost 9. They spent the night with us this weekend, and one of the recipes I made was Vanilla Lemonade from the blog of Simply Scratch. It makes use of a simple syrup and fresh-squeezed juice. For my version, I used both lemons and limes and added homemade raspberry syrup. The original version includes lemon peel in the simple syrup, which I will leave out next time, as I wasn't a fan of the lemon oil it added. However I love this recipe and will use it in the future, because the proportion of lemon juice to sugar is perfect, you don't have to stir and stir to get the sugar to dissolve, and the addition of vanilla and raspberries gives it an indescribably delicious flavor! The grandkids loved it.

My version below reflects my adaptation, but do visit Laurie's blog for her wonderful tutorial, and do try her original version!

Raspberry Vanilla Lemon-Limeade
adapted from the blog of Simply Scratch

Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 vanilla bean
1 generous pinch kosher salt
Slice vanilla bean in half and with the back of knife scrape out all seeds. Bring sugar, water, vanilla bean seeds and pod, and salt to boil. After sugar dissolves, gently simmer 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, lift out vanilla bean pod, and cool.

Raspberry Syrup
6 to 12 oz frozen raspberries
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
Place raspberries and sugar in small saucepan over low heat. Stir until raspberries are thawed and sugar is dissolved. Simmer gently 2 or 3 minutes. Remove from heat and strain through sieve, pressing on seeds and pulp with back of spoon to release juices. Cool.

Juice of 6-8 lemons, or combo of lemons and limes, strained
8-10 cups water
Vanilla syrup
Raspberry syrup

Thoroughly stir all ingredients and garnish with lemon or lime slices. Serve over ice.

I'm linking with Weekend Potluck!


  1. How funny- I made a very similar recipe (Strawberry Vanilla lemonade) I found on Pinterest, right before we left. I loved it- I didn't think I'd be able to taste the vanilla but I really could! This rasp. one looks delish as well.

  2. Hi Dish, I made your frozen raspberry lemonade too, but the kids drank it so fast I didn't get a photo of it!

  3. I love how ruby red the lemonade is from the raspberry syrup! It looks like summer in a cup. Yum!

  4. I love that also, Kyleen. Thanks for visiting!

  5. this looks delicious and so thirst quenching! Thanks you for your good wishes too!


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