With millennial pink all the rage, we've been thirsty for our favorite nostalgic beverage: pink lemonade. This recipe takes a simple syrup and infuses it with raspberries, lemon zest and mint for a just-right hit of sweetness. Then, we add lemon juice, water and a generous pour of vodka for a batchable cocktail that will get summer started right.
While we love vodka, this lemonade would also be great spiked with gin, tequila, rum or any other clear liquor you fancy. If you want to go extra fancy, sub in Champagne for the liquor and add a few bubbles to the party.
Spiked Pink Lemonade
Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen
Yield: 8 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes, plus cooling time
4 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
1 cup raspberries
Four 3-inch pieces lemon zest
2 mint sprigs
Pinch kosher salt
2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup vodka
Ice, for serving
1. In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup of the water with the sugar, raspberries, lemon zest, mint and salt. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved and the raspberries have broken apart, 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely, then strain into a pitcher.
2. Add the remaining 3 cups of water, the lemon juice, vodka and ice. Stir until well chilled, then serve.