As excited as I am for fall, it’s drinks like this one that keep me loving summer.  Judging by the sales I’ve seen lately, this apparently prime time for raspberries.  Take advantage and enjoy this sweet-tart-bubbly beverage.  Break the monotony of soda, water and beer at your Labor Day get together and serve something a little bit more special.  This raspberry limeade is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.  And of course, if you’re looking for something with more of an adult spin, I think this would lend itself will to mixing with citrus vodka.  I like to make the raspberry-lime portion ahead of time and mix in the sparkling water just before serving for maximum fizz.

Side note: is anyone else totally enamored with drinks served in mason jars?  I just love them.  Plus, it’s certainly cheaper than real glassware :)


1 cup water
1 cup sugar
½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup strained raspberry puree
1 tbsp. lemon juice
3 cups sparkling water, chilled
Lime slices and fresh raspberries, for serving


  • 01

    In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the water and sugar.  Heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from the heat.  In a serving pitcher, combine the lime juice, raspberry puree, and lemon juice.  Stir in the simply syrup.  Chill until ready to serve.

  • 02

    Just before serving, stir in the sparkling water.  Garnish with lime slices and fresh raspberries as desired.


  • Stacey

    This looks lovely!! With only a few days to go before I give birth to my daughter, I was getting a bit fed up with Raspberry Leaf Tea (hot and cold!) so this will be a lovely alternative!!!! Thanks so much!!

  • Mandy A.

    Just in time for tomorrow’s get together! I think I’ll add Triple Sec.

  • This looks delicious! I am all about making fun summer-y drinks – and definitely serving them in mason jars :)

  • anna maria

    Huge fan of mason jars! And will have to try this limeade soon. Had my first experience making homemade strawberry lemonade this summer and I can imagine this is just as tasty. As always, your photos are lovely :)

  • Looks yummy and so refreshing! My boyfriend loves serving drinks in those jars too :)

  • Elizabeth from Indy

    That looks delicious! And just in time. We’re going to Anderson’s Orchard Wednesday afternoon to pick some Honey Crisp apples and hopefully some raspberries. They usually have them until the first frost.

  • Gorgeous- sounds so delicious and refreshing!

  • I have been loving fizzy drinks this summer. Can’t wait to try this raspberry flavor, currently we have been sipping on watermelon limeade!

  • I love drinking from mason jars! I always save empty jam jars and use them as glasses. Raspberry limeade sounds fantastic and looks so refreshing and sparkly!

  • Me! Me! I like drinking out of mason jars! I always make Pimm’s Cup in a mason jar…it just makes it that more special. Gorgeous pics! I always have a devil of a time photographing drinks.

  • You’re right, this would be great for a Labor Day celebration! I’ll definitely be adding raspberries to my grocery list.

    Oh, I also love drinks in mason jars. I’ve started to collect them and am finding new uses for them everday :).

  • I cannot wait to try this, and now I’m wishing I had bought those raspberries that I saw on sale at the grocery store yesterday! I love the pretty color!

  • Noelle G

    This looks delicious! I also use mason jars as glasses in our home – I love the look of them! :)

  • Liz N

    Annie, I am totally going to make this over the Labor Day weekend. This looks incredibly refreshing. I’ll make a pitcher for the kiddos/teetotalers and one for myself (just kidding…maybe not!). Gorgeous photos!

  • I love everything about this. Growing up in Oklahoma, I’ve had my fair share of cherry limeades from Sonic and plenty of drinks in mason jars. This recipe combines both with a more grown up twist. Thanks Annie!

  • Adam

    I love mason jars. They are wonderfully useful and pretty.

  • Sarah

    This looks delicious and those photographs are beautiful! Some of my favorite of yours. I love the way the light is shining through the lime in that second picture!

  • Loooove this!

  • What a wonderful recipe for the end of summer. I actually have mason jar glasses (with handles). Love them!

  • Wow…this looks so refreshing! I would love to have a big glass of this right now!

  • Perfect summer drink. Looks fresh and delicious! I’m sure it would be tasty with a bit of alcohol too. ;)

  • These look delightful! I agree, there’s something about drinks served in Mason jars… perfect for the end of summer!

  • Sarah

    One night I served our drinks for dinner in Mason jars to change things up a bit and my 10-year-old asked if we were running out of money;)

  • Emily

    I love raspberries & I LOVE fizzy drinks (this is why I don’t keep soft drinks in my house). I can’t wait to try this. Thanks!!

  • Wow, I could use some of this right now! It’s so hot and dry where I’m from! Thanks for another amazing recipe, Annie! I am a fan of yours. :)

  • Ellen

    Yes I love Mason jars! Especially the small ones, anything rustic just goes.

  • I hear you on the mason jars! Just held two baby showers the past two weeks and used half pint mason jars as cups for both of them! (The limeade looks delicious!)

  • Yum! I just love summer drinks. Gorgeous photos.

  • I love the back lighting in these photos! And the drink sounds yummy!

  • I loove raspberries! I also love the color of your limonade!!

  • Nice – this drink looks so pretty and vibrant and I’m sure it tastes fab! Sadly the weather has already taken a very autumnal turn in the UK and I’m craving hot tea and soup rather than cool drinks.

  • Wow, what a refreshing looking drink! I love a good sinless sparkling drink, but I think this would be even better with a little (or large, depending on what kind of day it’s been) splash of vodka! Thanks for sharing, Annie.

  • Love love love mason jars! This looks really yummy!

  • mmmm looks so refreshing!

  • Not only are drinks served in mason jars utterly charming and oh so country welcoming, but they are a lot sturdier than regular glassware.

    This drink looks so refreshing and if we have a hot labour day weekend, I think I’m going to make it for my company!

  • Katie

    Looks delicious! I love drinks in Mason jars, too. At a baby shower I threw for a friend, I put the drinks in Mason jars with these cute daisy lids (perfect for a straw). It was really cute.

  • Susan

    It’s like you read my mind!! After seeing your raspberry syrup on your syrups post a few days back, I thought that sounded SO good with a 7-up to make a limeade!! :)

    Also, I made your raspberry syrup just last night, but didn’t have raspberries so I used strawberries…pretty yummy!

  • Jenny

    We have our cabinets full of mason jars. They are sturdy and hold a lot and if one breaks, I just wait until I’ve used up a jar of something and bingo, we have a replacement. Love mason jars!

  • This sounds so refreshing and I love the photos

  • Sherrie

    My new (all-time) favorite is Publix Premium Spaghetti jars, and let me tell you I have a few of them, hahah! They’re on the line of mason jars, but oh so cool and pretty with (embossed?) little flowers around the top of the jar! Pretty and more fun to drink from, love ’em!

  • Jen

    Just wanted to say that I made this over the weekend and it was DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try this in the middle of winter when I’m craving something to remind me of summer :)

  • I’m going to enjoy this next summer when our raspberry patch ripens:)

  • Brenda Mulju

    How do you make your raspberry puree? Thanks!

  • annieseats

    In a blender or food processor.

  • Jillsuester

    Yummmmmmmmmmmmmm. Just made some! So girly. My husband is drinking one however & approves. Added extra lime to cut the sweety-sweetness & Citrus vodka. No mason jars of an appropriate size, unfortunately. Still gorgeous in a tall regular glass.

    And can I just say- I also made the Smore’s cupcakes: amazing! I used Ina Garten’s chocolate cake recipe b/c it is just the hands down best choc cake. Everything else from your site. The frosting technique was ingenious! I will never beat seven minute frosting over the stove again! Thank you.

  • me

    Hey Annie, quick question–I wanted to make both this limeade and the strawberry lemonade ( next week, and I noticed for the lemonade, some of the similar steps are done a bit differently. Would you recommend stirring in the sparkling water right before serving for the lemonade too? And combining the water and sugar over heat?

  • annieseats

    You can make it as written here. It is great. Enjoy!

  • Coolboys0819

    can i use strawberries insted of rasberries?

  • annieseats

    I haven’t tried that, you’ll have to experiment. Good luck!