Happy Fourth of July America! Like most Americans I’ll spend the day barbecuing, drinking, and blowing things up.. ‘Merica! In addition to the Red, White, and Booze Slushies I created last week, I also wanted to whip up something classic and it doesn’t get more classic than homemade lemonade! Of course I had to put a Tattooed Martha spin on it though and added homemade raspberry syrup and a healthy dose of Sailor Jerry Rum! Kick back and enjoy a glass or two yourself while you watch the fireworks!
(makes 8-10 glasses)
1 cup water
1 ½ cups sugar
2 cups (1lb) fresh raspberries
2 cups fresh lemon juice (6-8 lemons)
7-8 cups of cold water
1 cup Sailor Jerry Rum
Similar glasses found here
Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add sugar and stir until it dissolves. Add raspberries and simmer over medium to high heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove pan from heat and let raspberries steep in the syrup for 45 minutes to an hour or until completely cooled.
By the way.. I’m looking for a new assistant. As you can see, my current one just sunbathed while I did all the work!
Add lemon juice to a large pitcher (mine were a bit smaller so I split the batch between two) and 7 cups of cold water. Strain raspberry syrup over a fine mesh sieve into pitcher and discard the solids.
Stir to mix everything together and give it a taste test. If it’s too sweet or too tart for your taste, first try adding another cup of cold water. Add 1 cup of Sailor Jerry Rum to the pitcher and stir. If you have non-drinkers around and you don’t want to spike the whole batch, you can just add 1 to 2oz of rum to a glass with about 8-10oz of lemonade in it. Serve in ice filled glasses, garnish, and serve!
**Tattooed Martha’s Fourth of July Tip:
Explosives and booze don’t mix! You might think you drink more rum than a pirate, but you don’t need to lose an eye to complete that comparison. Sit back and enjoy the show (at a safe distance) while a ‘Designated Detonator’ handles the fireworks!
Have a safe and happy Fourth of July and as always.. enjoy responsibly! 🙂