New Year's Eve was exhausting this year. I spent much energy keeping Sylvia and Zinc apart. Sylvia crawls towards Zinc with her eye on grabbing the tail or fur. Zinc doesn't stay away as a wise cat might. I have visions of Sylvia tugging too hard and Zinc swiping her with the paw. Meanwhile E was poorly and when I went out to the shops, I returned to find him lying on the floor with Sylvia. The heat was unbearable and by evening gave way to rain so heavy and loud that I couldn't hear the television. Oh, yes, I didn't have energy to do other than watch tv. And eat haggis nachos and drink raspberry punch.
Fortunately just before New Year's Eve that I found the recipe for Raspberry Lemonade on Cherrapeno. It was raspberries, sugar amd lemon. Quite similar to Kristy's Raspberry Lemonade. Kristy had been inspired by a drink she had in London. I was inspired by an orange and raspberry juice that I had in Scotland (M&S) to try this. But as I am not that fond of lemon I used lime instead. I also changed the quantities but if I had more rasbperries on hand I would make more.
I was concerned that E needed a cool sugary drink to keep him hydrated as he was off his food. This seemed like a good option. The recipe called for either still or sparkling water but we love our soda water so there was no question of still.
I hadn't planned to make a drink but I was glad that I was inspired by Nic. In my days before blogging I usually just bought a bottle of lemonade or ginger beer but it is fun making a special drink for an occasion.
adapted from BBC Good Food via Cherrapeno
makes about 6-8 glasses
- 200g raspberries
- 200ml water
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 small orange, chopped
- 1 lime, chopped
- soda water, mint leaves and ice cubes, to serve
To serve, fill a quarter of a glass with syrup. Fill three quarters with soda water and ice. Garnish with mint leaves.
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