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Raspberry Lemonade

Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 1 hr
Yield: 8 to 12 servings
Level: Easy


  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • Ice cubes, for serving


Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir until dissolved to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweeten it enough!)

Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.

Raleigh Special Event Catering drinks for summertime

Cucumber Pineapple Tequila Cooler

Total Time: 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy


  • 1 cup fresh pineapple cubes
  • 2 limes, skin removed
  • 1 seedless European cucumber, peeled, plus cucumber slices for garnish
  • 4 ounces silver (blanco) tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups ice cubes, plus more for serving
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • Pinch kosher salt


Prepare a vegetable juicer (or blender if a juicer is not available.) Run the pineapple, limes and cucumber through the juicer, letting all the juices combine. Pour the tequila into a cocktail shaker or pitcher, and then add the juices, ice, agave and salt. Shake or stir vigorously until chilled. Line up 4 tall Tom Collins glasses filled with ice and pour the tequila cooler over. Serve with straws and cucumber slices for garnish.

Raleigh Special Event Catering summer drinks

Red Sangria

Total Time: 10 min
Prep: 10 min
Level: Easy


  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 sliced oranges
  • 1 sliced green apple
  • 1 1/2 cups seltzer


Mix the wine, liqueur and sugar in a pitcher, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add the fruit. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to 1 day. Add the seltzer just before serving.

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