Raspberry Lemonade (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)


Have y’all ever been to Cheesecake Factory? I’ve only been twice.

That’s totally not fair, right?

Someone needs to build a Cheesecake Factory a bit closer to our home so that I can enjoy it more.

Apparently, their Raspberry Lemonade is to die for. I’ve never actually tried it, but I came across this recipe on Pinterest and fell madly in love. It looked so sweet and red and just a bit thick from the raspberry purée.

I’ve made this a few times since I first saw the recipe. The first time I just drank it as is, without adding any extra water or other liquid (it was thick and delicious and what you see in the above photos), but the second time I added in some vodka. At 2pm on a Sunday afternoon. There is no rule written anywhere that says I can’t drink in the middle of the day.

Quit judging me.

The third time I made this I added an equal amount of Sprite to the lemonade. It was really fun and fizzy and a bit like a raspberry limeade.

Whichever way you make this, it’s a perfect drink for summer. Cool, refreshing, and pretty to look at.

Raspbery Lemonade (Cheesecake Factory Copycat)

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • Extra sugar for the rim of your glass

Instructions

  1. Heat the sugar and water over medium heat, stirring often, in a small saucepan until the sugar has completely dissolved to make a simple syrup.
  2. Puree the raspberries in a blender or food processor and pour in the simple syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Add extra water (or Sprite, if you want it fizzy - but it won't be like Cheesecake Factory's recipe) to thin it out to the consistency and flavor that you like.
  4. Run a lemon slice around the rim of your glass, dip the glass in sugar, and serve with ice.

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Disclaimer: The nutrition information presented below is not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 1711kcal Calories from fat 18
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Carbohydrate 442g 147%
Dietary Fiber 14g 56%
Sugars 415g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g

lightly adapted from The Sexy Knitter.