During the summer fresh mint is a dime-a-dozen. It grows so prolifically that people are more than glad to get rid of it. During the winter, however, I have to buy it the expensive stuff in the produce aisle. I hate seeing expensive fresh herbs go to waste. But, I digress. I had some extra mint from a recipe I recently made and wanted to put it to good use. I also wanted to make something that could be attractive for the upcoming red, pink, and white holiday tomorrow. Which brings me to this fine beverage.
Raspberry mint limeade. This beautiful beverage could grace any Valentine table. It could be jazzed up with a little bit of gin or made especially sweet with an extra dose of your favorite sweetener.
- 1 cups frozen raspberries
- 1½ cups water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 8 mint sprigs, plus more for garnish
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 3 cups soda water
- Place frozen raspberries in a saucepan. Add water and sugar then bring to a simmer over medium-high heat then reduce to medium. Simmer, serving occasionally, for 5 minutes until berries are very soft and almost dissolved. Stir in the mint sprigs, then remove pan from heat. Let cool, and discard mint. For a thicker beverage, puree in a blender or using an immersion blender. For a smoother texture, strain and discard solids. Stir in lime juice.
- Divide juice among 6 glasses then top with soda water and mint sprigs.
For extra minty flavor, throw mint into raspberry syrup mixture at end of cooking.
This is not especially sweet. If you like your beverages sweeter then add a teaspoon or two of your favorite sweetener (Splenda, stevia, sugar, etc... to your glass)
There are two distinct words to describe this dish: refreshing and beautiful. This is not a typical sweet limeade. If you like a really sweet beverage then you’ll need to add extra sweetener. My husband added a packet of stevia to his 10 oz glass and that seemed to satisfy his sweet tooth. This really is a nice dish. Simple, beautiful, and versatile.