Thursday, March 22, 2012

Thirsty Thursday: Sarasota Lemonade

 With this drink, I can really only say one thing: BRING ON SUMMER!

Ingredients:
2 bottles Moscato
1 pink lemonade concentrate
3 C of Sprite (more or less, depending on your taste)
Fresh raspberries

I emptied all of the liquid ingredients into a pitcher and stirred.  Then I mashed about half the raspberries and put them in.  Placed the rest of the raspberries in the glasses and served it up to most of my guests content.  We ranged about 60 years in age (those who were partaking), and the only complaint I received was after I had run out.  Crisp and refreshing all around!
sorry for the blur, I was running out the door to refill the glasses!

72 comments:

  1. I'd use a reisling or other white wine; too SWEET!!

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  2. This sounds wonderful. But where I live I cannot buy the concentrates (limeade, pink lemonade, etc.) However, I can find the powdered stuff. Do you think the results would be close?

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    1. CK,

      Tough call. If you trust the concentrate and know it does well, then I'd mix it in with the wine. I'd do a sample cup first, however, to see if you like it in small doses. If they're too sweet, I might pick a more basic white wine to mix it in.

      Enjoy!

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    2. I tried a different twist by replacing the sprite with raspberry seltzer, just the right amount of sweet with a bubbly twist!! Also a way to cut extra calories!!

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    3. I would use Minute Made or Simply Juice of the same flavor if you can't find the concentrate. I also agree with subbing Sprite with a flavored sparkling water.

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  3. I don't care for raspberries, do you think this would be good with strawberries?

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    1. Absolutely. It will be sweet, but I'm certain it'd still be wonderful.

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  4. Sooooo good! Thanks for the recipe!

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  5. This is a fabulous summer drink recipe! I made it this weekend when we had family in town and it got rave reviews I had so many people ask for the recipe. This is deffinitely my go-to summer cocktail!

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  6. I wanted to know what size of the barefoot moscato did you use? I noticed yesterday when I was at walmart they had had a small size for around $5 and a large size for around $10.

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    1. I used two smalls, but one large would be easier if it's available. And for the price, you can't really go wrong!

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    2. What is the ML on this?

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    3. The small is a 750mL, the large is 1.5.

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    1. About 15. I filled the water glasses 2/3 with ice and then poured.

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  8. Do you mix the concentrate directly into the Moscato? Or do you make the lemonade according to the directions on it's package, and then combine everything?

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    1. I mixed it directly into the Moscato, ignoring the package directions.

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  9. What size..6 ounce or 12 ounce of the pink lemonade concentrate?

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    1. I used the "standard" 6 oz size.

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  10. If you knew you were going to make this ahead of time, take some of the raspberries and put them in icecube trays and make icecubes with the berries in them.

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    1. Great idea! If I ever thought ahead, I'd probably be amazed at what ideas are out there!!

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  11. I love this recipe and since Moscato is my favorite wine, I always have it on hand. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I would love to feature this recipe on a post I'm doing over at Fiesta Résistance for Mother's day! Would be ok if I used your photo and I would of course link it right back to this post?
    Thanks!
    Ashlee

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  13. I'm from Sarasota. Must try. ;) thanks for sharing.

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  14. I want to have a party so I can serve this!

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  15. Sounds yummy! I like to pour Pinot Grigio over frozen strawberries and top off with ginger ale and juice or juice concentrate. Sometimes just ginger ale.

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    1. Sounds amazing! I'll have to try that my next time out!

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  16. Did you let the concentrate thaw or stir it in frozen?

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    1. I usually let it thaw to make it easier to stir in.

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  17. I'm having people over tonight and let my sister in law pick between this and another. She wanted this so I'll let you know how it goes. Sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. Hi Jes!
    My name is Ashlee and I'm a food contributor over at Fiesta Résistance. We're a party planning resource blog and I'm working on a recipe round up for Mother's Day Brunch. I would love this recipe on my post! I was hoping that I could use your picture in my post and put a link that would take you right back to the original post so that you get 100% of the credit. Please let me know if this is alright with you!
    Ashlee
    (ashlee.fiestaresistance@gmail.com)

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    1. It's all good. I'm only here to share my ideas. Thanks for checking, Ashlee!

      jes

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  19. This sounds great!!! I keep a bag of strawberries in my freezer to put in lemonade and in wine to keep it cool. Sounds like I need to be storing raspberries in there, too!! Riunite D'Oro Moscato is cheaper and really good, too. I bet it would be a yummy replacement.

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  20. This is my perfect drink! Thanks so much for posting this :)

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  21. I pinned this and then I made it. Was really good. I also linked it on my blog.....hope thats ok. :oD
    Monique
    littleyellowhouseblog.wordpress.com

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  22. Hey pampered Jes, what hors d'oeuvres would you pair with this?

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    1. Since it's so sweet, I would go with more savory options, but lighter, like a brie and crostini.

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  23. Just made this and I used one large bottle...I should have bought two!! Everyone loves it. Thanks for the recipe

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  24. Making this for back porch sitting tonight!! I am sure it will be wonderful! Thanks for the recipe.

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  25. What do you think about using frozen rasberries in the bunch? We are going to serve this at a shower in large punch bowl.

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    1. Sounds perfect. The raspberries in the drink are for fun, since the flavor comes more from the concentrate and wine. I think it'd be amazing. Enjoy!

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  26. How many does it serve?

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    1. About 15. I filled the water glasses 2/3 with ice and then poured.

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  27. Has anyone tried this with Diet Sprite? If so, how was it?

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    1. I would think if you went with Sprite Zero, probably no one would notice!

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    2. You can't tell the difference and I use sprite zero!!

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  28. Love this...tried it this past weekend and it was a hit. Will be linking it on my blog!

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  29. If i wanted to use one large btl of Moscato how much sprite,lemonade,raspberries do I use??

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  30. Made this drink for a gathering today and it was a BIG hit. I used strawberries instead of raspberries and it was totally refreshing.. Thanks for sharing...

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  31. I came across your recipe and minutes later I was out the door to get some ingredients!! I have it chilling i the fridge but from the little taste test I had I already know it will be amazing! Thank you so much for your wonderful recipe!!

    PS just a thought, add some grapes :) mash some up with the rasberrys and then put some in the pitcher after poking some holes into them to allow the fizzy drink to be ale to flow through them. Great for a little snack at the end :)

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  32. Delicious! My new favorite way to drink Moscato.

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  33. I made this over the weekend and mine fell flat almost immediately. Did you find that you needed to keep adding Sprite or how did you keep it from tasting flat?

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    1. I am planning on making this drink for a party this weekend
      I would also like to know if it is going to taste flat

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  34. is there anything u can substitute for the wine. I wanted to serve it at my daughters bday party

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    1. Try sparkling grape juice :)

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  35. Moscato and squirt! Soo yummy

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  36. I made this drink for forth of July and everyone loved it! I also featured it on my blog. Check it out!!

    http://superficialsentiments.blogspot.com/

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  37. Made this tonight for girls night! It was delicious, I couldn't find frozen juice concentrate so I just substituted that with Trop50 Raspberry Lemonade juice from concentrate, I mashed up an entire box of fresh raspberries and it was amazing! I also made a glass with whipped cream on the top... it was also AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

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  38. YUM! We made this and loved it - thanks! Also, if anyone is complaining about the sweetness, just don't use the supersweet Moscato. Go for a dry white.

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  39. Made this tonight for girls night in, but used sprite zero and strawberries. It was a big hit and everyone wanted the recipe!

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  40. 3 cups of sprite?

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  41. I'm closing off Summer with this drink recipe! THANK YOU!
    Happy 4th of July :)

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  42. I made this yesterday for a BBQ...I substituted raspberry seltzer for Sprite. Everyone loved it! It's a keeper! Thank you!

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  43. I'll be giving this a try even though summer is pretty much over!

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  44. I made this earlier and I'm drinking it at the moment. They only thing I would do differently next time is leave the raspberries whole instead of mushing them. Other than that I love it! Oh and I had some razzmatazz sitting around so i added a shot of that to it as well. Tastes great. Thank you for sharing!!

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  45. Plan on making this for a Girls Night In Party. Super excited to try it!

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  46. We made this except we used frozen raspberry's. Kept the drink cold, not that it took long before the glass was empty lol

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  47. I'm going to try a variation of this for a Christmas party... Moscato, Cranberry Splash Sierra Mist, Cran-Raspbery concentrate, Frozen Raspberries... Thanks for the great idea!

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  48. I`m throwing a lingerie shower for a friend where I`'ll be serving desserts only. Will this drink be too sweet to accompany the treats?

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