Fresh Raspberry Limeade for two. The best thing on a hot day!
Fresh Raspberry Limeade with vodka

I want to share a glimpse into my life lately…the life that is selling a house, buying another one out-of-state, raising a kid, and running a business. (Spoiler alert: it’s CRAY).

Last weekend, my husband and I bought, installed, and returned 2 air conditioner units. If that sounds like a lot of work, IT IS.

We have a finished attic space at the top of our tiny little 1920s bungalow house. I use it as my photography studio (yes, everything you see photographed here or in my cookbooks was photographed up there). When we bought the house, we didn’t exactly notice that the upstairs wasn’t connected to central heat or air. Facepalm. Repeat.

But, to be honest, it hasn’t really bothered us much. Sure, there are a few weeks out of the year where you absolutely cannot go up there because it’s 95+ degrees. And oh, let’s talk about the bats that moved into the roof last year (we had them safely and humanely removed for the very low price of $2k); yikes.

Anyway, our house was on the market for about 4 days before the complaints started flowing that ‘it was too hot upstairs.’ So. We went and bought a window AC unit. We unpacked it, put it together, team-lifted it into place…only to discover it wouldn’t fit thanks to the charming window shape most commonly found in old homes.

So. We packed it up and returned it.

Then, we bought one of those stand-alone units that only vents out through the window. We felt really smart. We thought it would surely work.

Twenty four hours later, on the hottest day of the year, we admitted defeat. We needed a professional air conditioner installed. So. We packed it up and returned it. Our second AC unit in 48 hours.

In those grueling 48 hours, I introduced my husband to Sonic Drive-In. Please forgive my LA husband for not knowing about the greatness that is Sonic. I quickly schooled him on the custom drink options (I blew his mind with cherry vanilla soda), cream pie shakes, concretes, and most importantly: the limeade. Absolutely nothing tastes better than a limeade on a hot day. Especially if you spent most of the day packing and unpacking air conditioner units. Ok, I’ll stop complaining now.

Fresh Raspberry Limeades with Vodka for a boozy limeade!

Brian admitted that the limeade is truly something special, and I decided it would be our ‘drink of the summer.’ While Sonic has cherry limeades and strawberry limeades, we ventured into the unknown: FRESH RASPBERRY LIMEADE.

Fresh Raspberry Limeade, the perfect summer cocktail for two.

Make yourself a couple of these fresh raspberry limeades next time it’s hot outside. Or, next time you buy and return 2…okay okay, I’ll stop.

You might also like my mango lemonade.

Yield: 2 drinks

Fresh Raspberry Limeade

Fresh Raspberry Limeade with vodka

Fresh raspberry limeade for two with vodka or rum for fun!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 12 fresh raspberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 2 limes, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 12-ounce can of 7UP
  • 2 shots of vodka (or white rum), optional


  1. In the bottom of two serving glasses, add 6 raspberries to each glass. Smash the raspberries using a muddler or a wooden spoon. Smash them very well to release all of their juices.
  2. Squeeze a lime into each glass, and then divide the 7UP between the glasses.
  3. Add a shot of vodka to each glass, if you like.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and more raspberries, and serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 20mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 1g

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Fresh Raspberry Limeade with Rum or Vodka for two.

Boozy Raspberry Limeade with Rum or Vodka for two.