Raspberry Limeade

We are over run with fresh raspberries at the moment.  I can’t seem to keep up with picking all of the ripe berries every day on our little patch.
I had some fresh limes on hand and though this would be a nice treat at dinner.  You could also make it with lemons if you prefer, or even bottled lime juice (but fresh really does taste better in my opinion).
We liked it best with a little carbonated water or citrus soda, but try it without first, you might like that better.
I think this would be even better made with marionberries, but then again, everything is better with marionberries.  Well.. maybe not everything.

4 cups fresh raspberries (or blackberries, marionberries, or combination)
6 cups water, divided
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
carbonated water or citrus soda for serving, optional

Combine the berries with one cup of the water in a blender and blend until smooth.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding the seeds.
Add the remaining 5 cups water, sugar, and lime juice.  Stir to combine.
Pour into glasses over ice, filling cups about 2/3rds full.  Top with carbonated water or citrus soda, if desired.

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