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Friday, 10 July 2009

Thirsty? Try a Raspberry Cooler!

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We have more raspberries than we know what to do with lately, and one easy way to use them up is to make a raspberry cordial - a sweet, non-alcoholic fruit concentrate that is diluted down with water/lemonade to taste.

This went down a treat in the mini-heatwave we had last week, and is a great way to use up the smaller, softer, more manky raspberries that you might not want in your desserts.

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Raspberry Cooler
Adapted from the BBC Good Food Magazine

350g fresh raspberries
200g caster sugar
1 lemon sliced
1 orange sliced
225 ml cold water

Ice and cold or sparkling water/lemonade to serve. See note at end.

Put all the ingredients (raspberries, sugar, lemon, orange and 225 ml water) in a large saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring often.

Leave to cool. Pour through a sieve, pressing the mixture down well with a spoon to extract all the juices.

The syrup can be stored for up to one week in the fridge.

To serve, pour a little of the syrup into a glass, top up with water (still or sparkling) and ice.

Note: You can also dilute this with lemonade or a mixture of lemonade and sparkling water if you want it less sweet. The lemonade we get here is quite different from that in the US. Ours is a sparkling lemony beverage, and can be replaced with something like 7-Up, Mountain Dew or Sprite.

(Printable Recipe)

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chow and chatter said...

this looks and sounds wonderful love raspberries

Shaheen said...

I know what you mean about the raspberies, mine are starting to fall of the canes as they ripen, because I cannot pick them fast enough!

This recipe does look rather refreshing. Good for a day like today.

grace said...

oh nic, this sounds deliciously refreshing, and i can't say enough good things about that color! stunning drink, through and through,

sunita said...

What a 'cool' cooler it. Yes, it was quite hot last week, wasn't it? Perfect time for this pretty drink.

Have a great weekend dear Nic :-)

♥Rosie♥ said...

Oh Nic this looks sooooo tempting and refreshing. I just love the pink colour!!

Anonymous said...

These shots of the drink are very nice !
Capture so well the summer feeling !

Jan said...

Mmmm yum - looks a nice drink and I love the pictures too!

Deeba PAB said...

This is truly refreshing Nic. Can you beam me some, pretty please? Will come plenty handy in the 'not so mini' heatwave we are currently battling! Beautiful pictures as always!! xoxoxo

Paladares da Isa said...


I`m from Portugal, and i´ve discover your blog that i love it

I love the resolts of your drink!!!
Beutiful colour

Rico said...

Looks deliciously nice and super tasty, great visual to and photos. thanks for sharing :) xxx

Parita said...

Raspberry cooler is perfect for summer! easy to make too:)

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Some amazing shots Nic. This would be perfect for these hot summer days

oneordinaryday said...

Nice pictures. I don't think you can ever have too many raspberries, but I like how you used these. Sounds great.

Sophie Sportende Foodie said...

MMMMM,...your raspberry cooler looks so invuiting: great to enjoy in this hot summer!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

That looks really good! just the thing on a hot, hot day :)

Caleb said...

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I was wondering if you would like to exchange links. I’ll drop yours on my site and you drop mine on yours. Email at or stop by my site and drop a comment. Let me know if you would like to do a link exchange.


La Cuisine d'Helene said...

The picture with the raspberry in the glass is so cool. Looks so delicious.

Maria♥ said...

Nic, this looks really good!


Marta said...

Good way to use that surplus raspberry stash!
We're having a heat&humidity wave here and this seem perfectly refreshing for this time!

Susan from Food Blogga said...

You have more raspberries than you know what to do with? What I wouldn't give to help you out with that. ;)

Anna said...

You ever need help with your excess raspberries, I'm putting my hand up here, haha. This sounds so good!

Lisa said...

This is a beautiful summer drink! I love the first photo. It says cool and refreshing in a fun and interesting way. I will have to try this.

Unknown said...

Oh yum, I am glad I found your blog, oooh all those delicious pictures. Sigh I'll be here a while! Hope I can learn a thing or two from you::-)

Fitness Foodie said...

Delicious and refreshing. Just needs some vodka :)

Jan said...

There is an award over at my blog for you!

chow and chatter said...

By the way I changed my address to match the blog!

Nic said...

Thanks everyone! I'd love to share my glut of raspberries with you all!

Parker - I think the addition of a little vodka or other alcohol would be superb!!!

diva said...

what a gorgeous summer drink. i love raspberries, even more than strawberries or blueberries! :) i feel the urge to make that and drunk loads of either red wine or Pimm's in it. hmm. xx

make my day said...

I've had only a brief look at your blog and i love what i see! the recipes and the images match Cherrapeno beautifully! looking forward to reading more. cheers kari