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Raspberry Vanilla Bean Limeade

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  • Prep 10 min
  • Total 10 min
  • Servings 6
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It's sweet! It's tart! It's so good that you might want to make a double batch.
by: Sarah Walker Caron
Updated Aug 4, 2016
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  • 4 big, heavy limes, juiced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 container raspberries
  • 4 cups cold water
  • Ice


  • 1
    Pour the lime juice into the bottom of a pitcher.
  • 2
    In a medium saucepan, combine the water and sugar. Scrape in the vanilla beans. Whisk over medium heat until the sugar completely dissolves into the water. Add to the pitcher.
  • 3
    Puree the raspberries. Strain well and add to the pitcher (I typically strain them right into the pitcher).
  • 4
    Add the water to the pitcher. Stir well to combine the flavors. Add ice to chill.
  • 5
    Serve immediately.

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More About This Recipe

  • Come on! It's still August, so sip summer to the last luscious raspberry-vanilla-lime drop!

    The people who I work with at my day job are folks who I’ve known for years and years. In fact, one of them actually trained me at my first newspaper job back when we were just cub reporters making barely enough to get by. So, we all have a history together and a certain comfort level with each other.

    As a result, it’s okay when one of them points out – repeatedly – that I am a creature of habit, stuck in a drink rut. It’s true. There’s this drink at a funky car hop fast food chain that I cannot stop ordering – so I just don’t. It’s strawberry limeade, with real strawberries and wedges of lime in the cup. Oh my goodness, it’s amazing.

    But I am trying to break my severe dependency on that one drink (even though at happy hour, it’s about $1 – score!). So, I decided to take summery raspberries, tart limes and warm vanilla beans and make my own Raspberry Vanilla Bean Limeade.

    Is it good? You betcha. It’s a cool sweet-tart concoction with a hint of warmth (not temperature warmth, but the kind of warmth you get from a comforting flavor). You won’t be able to stop at just one glass.

    And if you wanna turn this funky fabulous drink into an after work cocktail, stir in a little vodka. It’s amazing.

    Hey, maybe I don’t need that chain’s limeade drink after all!

    Kiss Summer Goodbye with Cool, Refreshing Drinks

    The sun's still shining, and the breezes are stiill warm, so grab a glass of chilled refreshment while you can! Here are some more summer drink recipes to help you salute summer's end:

    Minty Fresh Arnold Palmer Recipe (lemonade and iced tea)
    Lemon Tea Slush Recipe
    Strawberry-Hard Lemonade Slush Recipe
    Grapefruit Citrus Cooler Recipe
    Easy Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

    Not ready to kiss summer goodbye yet? Keep the love livin' on with some of our best cold drink recipes!

    Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah’s Cucina Bella.

    Do you drink limeade and lemonade year 'round, or only in the summertime?
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