Raspberry lemonade with tequila is a perfect summer sipper. Made with Meyer lemons, it’s fragrant and just sweet enough. Use your favorite blanco tequila and bask in the glorious rays of afternoon sunshine.
Raspberry lemonade—enlivened with tequila—may be the best of all summer porch or backyard patio drinks on a long, hot day. Thin-skinned and fragrant, Meyer lemons give this lemonade a delightful sweetness and perfume you will not find in store-bought lemonade.–Karl Petzke
Raspberry Lemonade with Tequila
- 3 tablespoons fresh Meyer lemon* juice or regular lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- About 10 fresh raspberries
- 1 mint sprig
- Ice cubes
- 1/4 cup cold water or soda water
- 2 ounces blanco tequila
- Combine the lemon juice and sugar in a large glass and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the raspberries and mint to the lemon juice and lightly mash the raspberries with the back of a spoon to release some of their juices. Add a few ice cubes, the water, and tequila, and then give it a good stir and enjoy.
☞TESTER TIP: If the cocktail is a little strong for your tastes, add a splash more water or soda water to dilute it.
*What's the difference between regular and Meyer lemons?Meyer lemons are sweet winter citrus that are a cross between a lemon and a mandarin orange, making them particularly good in cocktails and desserts. Smaller and rounder, they also have a more complex scent than regular lemons—a spicy bergamot fragrance that's quite herbal. And while regular lemons are available all year long, Meyer lemons are mostly only in season from December through May.
Recipe Testers' Reviews
Summer in a glass! This was a lovely, refreshing cocktail - and beautiful too! Personally, I found it a bit strong for my taste, so I added some sparkling water to it, which was perfect. This would also make a really nice virgin cocktail for those who don't want the alcohol. Cheers!
This was a nice, refreshing drink for a hot day. The combination of lemon and raspberry was wonderful and the mint gave it a nice fresh flavor. I might cut back just a little on the tequila next time, but that's a personal preference.
Originally published July 13, 2009