There is nothing like a sweet and tart carton of fresh raspberries as a snack on a hot summer day in my mind. These raspberry-lime spritzers made with lime juice, simple syrup and lemon lime soda are the perfect refreshment for a hot day like today. With July 4th right around the corner I thought it was a very suitable recipe to share. I think this would surely compliment any outdoor summer BBQ or backyard event!
This was a weekend treat so I used straight up sugar but you are welcome to do these on the skinny with some stevia or healthy sweetener replacing the soda with seltzer too. And if you don't like raspberries you can for strawberries or one of your favorite fruits. I found these amazing star blue star cups at Target so depending on the size of your cup you may get different amounts. I had enough to fill 3 of these large cups but if you don't quite have enough of the mix you can just top it off with more of the lemon lime soda and additional ice cubes. Also you'll want to double and triple the recipe if you are going to be serving this to a large group.
Here is my recipe for these refreshing raspberry-lime spritzers:
1 6 oz Carton Fresh Raspberries
1/2 Cup Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
The Juice of 1 Whole Lime
1 Cup Lemon Lime Soda
15-20 ice cubes
A few raspberries and lime slices for garnish
1. Start by placing the fresh raspberries in a sauce pan. add the water and sugar and bring it to a boil over a medium flame.. Lower the flame and allow it to simmer for about 5 minutes stirring constantly until the water is a bright red-pink shade and the raspberries have fallen apart and gotten quite soft. Allow this mixture to cool quite a bit. Strain the syrup to remove the raspberry pieces if you would like at this point I actually chose to leave those pieces to fall to the bottom personally.
2. Combine the lime juice and lemon lime soda and then add the cooled raspberry syrup mixture. Stir to combine and add the ice cubes right before serving.
3. Pour the spritzer into a large glass and top it with the lime slices and a raspberry for garnish. Slice the lime and place it on the side of a cup or place a straw through the center if you would really like to get fancy and serve!
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