Nice and refreshing, this Sugar Free Raspberry Lemonade is a perfect summer treat. In fact you can make it at almost at any time of the year as it doesn’t require fresh raspberries – frozen are good enough.
In this post you will learn how to make raspberry lemonade the easy way at home with any sweetener you prefer.
What kind of drink is that
My biggest summer addiction is drinking lemonade: the one with real, freshly squeezed fruit juice. I just can’t stop myself! Then I feel guilty because it usually contains sugar.
The current recipe is for a pink lemonade made with raspberries and lemons! You can also add some orange juice for extra taste but that is optional. The combination of two citrus fruits + berries makes this refreshing drink very tasty.
The greatest thing about this recipe is that is easy and sugar-free. Depending on the sweetener you choose, it can be also low-carb!
Why adding orange juice
Raspberries + lemons make a great taste combo. But why not add some orange juice?
The orange brings additional citrus flavour which is sweeter than the lemon one. The whole combination is quite interesting, sweet and sour. But in case you are not a fan of oranges in your lemonade, you can skip them.
What sweetener to use
The most difficult part was to choose the sweetener. The logical options for me were honey, xylitol or stevia: all natural ingredients. And while honey is still adding calories and carbs to the drink, stevia and xylitol are natural low energy sweeteners.
I tried the lemonade with all of them and I can’t say which one is better. That’s why I am listing all the three options in the recipe. Some people don’t like stevia at all as according to them it changes the taste of the drinks. If this is your opinion too, just use honey: it really gives a nice tasty touch to all the fruits.
Of course there are other options you can use: swerve, erythritol, monk fruit sweetener, etc. Since I found that each of them has a different effect on the sourness of the lemon, maybe you can start with just a bit and increase gradually the quantity if needed.
Is this recipe keto
You can make this lemonade keto friendly by skipping the orange juice and using keto sweetener (stevia, xylitol, erythritol, etc.). I advise you to add sweetener to taste, just a bit at a time, as not all lemons and raspberries have the same level of acidity.
No matter which sweetener you choose, one thing is certain: this Pink Lemonade is one of the tastiest and most refreshing summer drinks that you can prepare it in less than 30 minutes at home!
Apart from the sweetener and the orange juice variations, you can make also sparkling raspberry lemonade! Just use carbonated water instead of regular and here you go with a sparkling lemonade recipe!
Other raspberry recipes you may like:
- Double Chocolate Mousse with Raspberry Sauce
- Four-layer Raspberry Chocolate Cake
- Raspberry Loaf Cake with Lemon White Chocolate Glaze
Sugar-free Raspberry Lemonade
- Food Processor
- Fine mesh sieve
- 1 ⅓ cup/ 160 g raspberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 ⅔ cups / 650 ml water, see notes
- ⅔ cup / 160 ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed (from about 3-4 lemons)
- ½ cup / 120 ml orange juice, freshly squeezed (from 1 orange), optional
- 3-4 tablespoon honey , or 1 teaspoon stevia powder or 4-5 tablespoon xylitol/ erythritol
- In a medium saucepan combine raspberries and 1 cup of the water. Warm them up over medium heat. Mix from time to time until the mixture just starts simmering.
- Remove the raspberries from the stove and transfer to a food processor (let cool down a bit, if needed). Puree for 30 seconds until smooth.
- Pass the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher to remove the seeds. This step is optional but highly recommended.
- Add honey, xylitol or stevia and stir continuously until dissolved.
- Add the lemon juice to the raspberry mixture. Add also the orange juice, uf using. Fill in the pitcher with the remaining water.
- Optionally add few mint or basic leaves and few slices of fresh lemon
- Serve over ice.
- If you use orange juice you may need a bit less water and less sweetener.
- For sparkling lemonade use carbonated water instead of regular.
- The quantity of the sweetener depends very much on the type of lemons and how sweet you like your lemonade. You may need to add even more than the indicated quantities.
- Be careful with the quantity of stevia powder if you are using it for the first time. Different brands might have different concentration of sweetness.
This post was originally created on June 9th 2017.