This raspberry lemonade is perfect for summer. Not only is it delicious, it offers a nice probiotic boost. Made with homemade whey or water kefir grains this drink nourishes and refreshes.
- 7-8 cups filtered water
- 1/2 cup organic white sugar (you will want white sugar for vivid pink color)
- 1/2 cup water kefir grains or 1/2 cup liquid whey
- half gallon mason jar or other suitable container
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries
- 2 cups raspberry lemonade
- 2 tablespoons grass fed gelatin (I buy Great Lakes )
- optional - powdered probiotic
- Combine water and sugar in 1/2 gallon mason jar.
- Stir until dissolved.
- Add a pinch of baking soda for added minerals.
- Pour sugar solution into quart-size container or jar.
- Add water kefir grains or liquid whey.
- Cover with a breathable cover such as cheesecloth and place on counter at room temperature away from direct sunlight for 48 hours.
- Strain the grains. (Reserve the grains for the next batch or store them.) No need to strain if you're using whey.
- Add lemon juice and raspberries.
- Cap the lid tightly. (Or use an airlock as you see in the photo.)
- Place on counter for additional 24 hours to develop flavor and add carbonation.
- Pour through strainer into serving container. (I eat the raspberries in the strainer on the spot!)
DIY Raspberry Lemonade Gelatin
Use this recipe with a high-quality gelatin and add some collagen to your diet. (See How to Protect Your Skin with Gelatin.)
Pour lemonade into a saucepan.
Add gelatin and optional powdered probiotic.
Stir briskly (a whisk is optimal) until gelatin is dissolved. You may heat on lowest setting to avoid overheating, as you want to protect the beneficial microbes.
Pour into 8X8 rectangular mold or fun silicone molds.
Refrigerate until hardened. 1/2-1 hour.
Cut/remove from mold and enjoy!
- 41This nourishing probiotic drink makes a wonderful alternative to conventional soda and juice. It's also cheap! Once you obtain the grains, your cost is simply the sugar. Water kefir requires three essential ingredients: starter, sugar and water. Don't worry if sugar is not part of your daily diet. The sugar…
- 34Enjoy a real food, immune-boosting snack with homemade gelatin! Collagen is one of our greatest allies when it comes to preventing sunburn, skin cancers and other maladies. (See the previous post Protect Your Skin: Eat Some Collagen.) Homemade bone stock is one of the best sources of collagen. Another option…
Trish Carty says
Nice touch adding the gelatin recipes! Trish
I’d love to try the whey version, but it don’t use white sugar, organic or not. Any subs for that?
Andrea Fabry says
You can use any type of sugar such as rapadura or sucanat. The reason I like white for this is the color. Sugar with the minerals retained works great too. Either way the sugar is “eaten” up so no sugar remains. That’s why it’s OK for either.
What is the thing sticking out of the mason jar lid? Is that the same thing that some use to make sauerkraut? What does it do for the water kefir? I have been making water kefir for 1 1/2 years and never have seen that.
Andrea Fabry says
I will change the post to reflect the answer. Thanks for raising it. I sometimes use an airlock (same as for sauerkraut) on the second ferment. That’s when I want to keep it anaerobic so that the drink will become fizzy. Capping the lid tightly works as well. One time we had an explosion because of the CO2 build up. Here’s a post I wrote on this subject.
Let me know if I need to clarify more. Again – thanks for raising this.
linda spiker says
Yum! This looks and sounds delicious!
This looks great. My husband loves lemonade and I’ve really been wanting to try to get him to have a probiotic lemonade instead of the concentrated sugary stuff. This may be just the recipe! Thanks 🙂
Zoe @ One Beet says
Sounds amazing! I just started my first batch of kefir last week. Can’t wait to experiment this summer!
Sandrine Love says
I will have to try this. I don’t have any water kefir grains since I moved from San Francisco to Portland. That will be my first order of business!
Dena Norton says
I love the nutrition of fermented drinks, but just can’t get into the flavor…but I’m tempted to try again since who can resist pink lemonade in the summer?! Lovely – pinned and talking myself into trying. 😉
Andrea Fabry says
I really think you’ll like this, Dena. I’m the same way and I LOVE this. The lemon and raspberry really dominate.
Jill @ Jills Home Remedies says
This looks yummy!