8 Raspberry Recipes to Sweeten Up The Last Drops of Summer

Raspberries are in season—and in both sweet and savory dishes, they shine.

During the summer, food shopping is an activity that requires me to bring my children along. Over the years, I have tried many different ways to distract them so I don’t have to hear “I’m bored” every other minute. I have gotten quite creative this summer, sending them on scavenger-type hunts for items on my lengthy shopping list.

One game of sorts that I have them play, is finding a new food to try. It’s an easy way to keep them busy as I cross off items on my list. Sometimes we are successful in finding a new fruit or vegetable to try. Other times we bring it home and there it sits on the counter, ignored by my children. At which point I end up eating it alone.

On a recent trip, I found myself admiring a towering berry display. Boxes of blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries were neatly stacked on top of each other waiting to go home with someone. I asked my kids if they were interested in trying a new berry, secretly hoping they wouldn’t pick the raspberries.

As luck would have it, they picked the raspberries. I’ve never been a huge fan of raspberries and I wasn’t convinced they would be either. I love the overall taste, but have a hard time eating them on their own. I just don’t like the fur that covers the berries. Something about those fuzzy little berries doesn’t float my boat.

Later that day, I gently rinsed the berries and patted them dry. I placed them in a pretty bowl to make our berry tasting experience special and enjoyable. Placing a berry in each of their hands I sat back and waited to see who would try it first. My son grimaced and promptly plopped his back into the bowl. My daughter furrowed her brow and asked, “Why are they so furry?”

Needless to say, no one ate the raspberries. I soon found myself searching for a few tasty recipes that would put all those raspberries to good use. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Homemade Raspberry Lemonade

What better way to quench your thirst than with homemade raspberry lemonade? Supergolden Bakes creates this refreshing drink with fresh raspberry syrup and lemonade. For her adult party guests, she adds gin or vodka for a thirst-quenching cocktail.

2. Berry Eton Mess

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🍓 Berry Eton Mess Desserts 🍓 The perfect summer party/BBQ dessert – easy, yummy, and so darn cute! And soon you'll get to see me and @slowthecookdown make (and eat) these babies! I don't know when the video will be up yet so make sure you like my FB page (Facebook.com/giraffescanbake) so you don't miss it! : Recipe here:http://www.giraffescanbake.com/berry-eton-mess-dessert-shots/ (clickable link in my profile > @giraffescanbake ) 🍓 🍓 🍓 #Londonfoodblogger #londonfoodie #tastelondon #foodphotography #foodpics #foodporn #darlingweekend #bhgfood #f52grams @food52 #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #buzzfeast #droolclub #dessertlover #kitchenbowl #forkfeed #heresmyfood @food #thatsdarling #abeautifulmess #foodblogeats #beautifulcuisines #onmytable #ambhappylife #eattheworld #foodandwine #homemade

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These Berry Eton Mess Dessert shots are the cutest little individual desserts that I have ever seen! Giraffes Can Bake layers meringue, whipped cream, and a mixed berry compote to make a no-bake treat that is perfect for your next summer get together!

3. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream

Summer should be filled with fun, easy to make desserts! My Kitchen Love shares her recipe for super simple Dark Chocolate Raspberry Ice Cream. No need to bust out your ice cream maker for this recipe; it’s no churn!

4. Fresh Picked Raspberry Salad with Smoked Salmon and Bocconcini

When it comes to summer lunches, I like to eat on the lighter side. Simply Fresh Dinners pairs freshly picked raspberries with smoked salmon, sliced pear, and bocconcini balls. This flavorful salad is topped off with an effortless balsamic dressing.

5. Raspberry Blueberry Crumb Cake

I am a big fan of crumb cake recipes, especially when I am short on time. All you need is a few simple ingredients to bake up a tasty dessert! Yummy Addiction combines raspberries and blueberries for her fruity crumb cake and tops it with a cinnamon sugar crumble.

6. Mixed Berry Puff Pastry Tart

This mixed berry puff pastry tart is a deliciously light and simple summer dessert. Nourish and Fete combines mascarpone with whipped cream for a sweet base to pile raspberries and blueberries mixed on top of. This looks like a versatile dessert for any type of fresh fruit!

7. Raspberry Moscow Mule

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Whatever your political leanings, I'm pretty sure everybody in the U.K. could use a drink or ten today! Plus it's Friday, so I think it's definitely time to mix up some Raspberry Moscow Mules, one of the most popular cocktails on my blog! Recipe here: http://www.giraffescanbake.com/raspberry-moscow-mule/ (clickable link in my profile here >> @giraffescanbake ) #GE2017 . ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ ☀️ #Londonfoodblogger #londonfoodie #tastelondon #foodphotography #imbibegram #darlingweekend #bhgfood #f52grams @food52 #huffposttaste #foodgawker #thekitchn #feedfeed @thefeedfeed #buzzfeast #droolclub #happyhour #cocktails #kitchenbowl #forkfeed #heresmyfood @food #thatsdarling #abeautifulmess #foodblogeats #beautifulcuisines #mixology #tastybev #liquorgram #drinkstagram #craftcocktails #itsfiveoclocksomewhere

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Traditionally a Moscow Mule is made with high-quality vodka, spicy ginger ale, fresh lime juice, and served in a chilled copper mug. Giraffes Can Bake muddles ripe raspberries into the classic ingredients for a sweet spin on this classic cocktail.

8. Berries in a Pastry Basket

Looking to impress your guests with a special treat? This pretty little dessert can be served all summer long, with a variety of seasonal ripe berries. The Organic Kitchen tops her dessert with fresh vanilla bean whipped cream.