I love fun summer drinks, and y’all should know that around here “drinks” always refer to non-alcoholic family friendly ones! These are modeled after traditional frozen lemonades but with a few twists. It’s a slushy orange-lemon mix perfectly sweetened and poured over a gorgeous raspberry puree. The taste is amazing and the presentation- well, just look at it! It really is that bright and vibrant. They’re pretty darn impressive, and not hard to make if you do a little make-ahead prep. So next time you want to have something special for company, for your sweetie, or just for a night in with the fam, these are perfect. And I would even say they’d be yummy in the morning too for a special breakfast or brunch.
You can use fresh squeezed OJ, but to make things easier, I just use a good bottled one like Simply Orange.
Recipe by Our Best Bites
2/3 C orange juice
3/4 C fresh lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
3/4 C sugar
3/4 C water
4 1/2 C ice
1/2 C raspberries (frozen would be okay)
2 T powdered sugar (more to taste if needed)
2 T water
I recommend doing some things ahead of time. Do all of this and then throwing the drinks together when you want them will be quick, easy, and mess-free!
-Mix your sugar and water and store in the fridge
-Make the raspberry puree and store in the fridge
-Juice citrus and store in the fridge.
Place the 3/4 C water and 3/4 C granulated sugar in a cup or bowl and stir until sugar is dissolved. It might seem impossible at first, but it will come together in only a few minutes. You can whisk it for a minute, then move on to the next step, and come back to stir periodically. Set aside.
Place raspberries, powdered sugar, and 2 T water in a food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add a little more powdered sugar if it’s too tart still. If you don’t have a food processor you could probably just smash them to a pulp!
Then run the mixture through a strainer to remove seeds. Use a rubber spatula or small spoon to stir and the puree will fall through. And ya know, Kate’s strawberry sauce would work great in place of the raspberry puree- just make it with vanilla, not almond.
Combine orange juice, lemon juice, and 3/4 C of the sugar water mixture. Place the ice cubes in a blender, pour the juice mixture over, and process until perfectly slushy. If you need a little more liquid to process it, add the rest of the sugar syrup. You can always add more juice if you need to. Too juicy? Add more ice :)