While cooking, listen to this: Hold Up - Beyonce
So apparently there is a debate in the scientific world over whether or not the color pink exists.
You read that right. There are people in the world claiming that the color pink may be be a figment of our collective imagination.
I am good at many things, but science is not one of them, so I'll let Time take it from here. Time wrote about Robert Krulwich’s - one of the masterminds behind one of my favorite podcasts, Radiolab - blog post regarding the color favored by unicorn enthusiasts and donut box makers. Krulwich explains, “I know, of course, that all colors are just waves of light, so every color we “see,” we see with our brains. But what [this video] says is that there is no such thing as a band of wavelengths that mix red and violet, and therefore, pink is not a real wavelength of light. That’s why pink is an invention. It’s not a name we give to something out there. Pink isn’t out there.”
Um, best invention ever if you ask me.
The other side of the pink debate is that technically, all colors are inventions - Timothy H. Goldsmith, a biologist, explains that “Color is not actually a property of light or of objects that reflect light. It is a sensation that arises within the brain...Pink is real - or it is not - but it is just as real or not-real as red orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.”
All of this is to say that science is super fascinating and I couldn’t care less if pink is “real” or not according to science because it is real to me. Pink is gorgeous, and isn’t just for feminine humans, or tiny humans, or unicorns, although all of those categories are pretty great. There’s something about the color that conveys so many happy emotions in one. And did I say it’s gorgeous?
This obsession of mine brings us to this very pink recipe, raspberry lemonade. Taste aside, this pink drink is a stunner - I have a lipstick in this color (okay, you got me, I have four) and I’m now inspired to wear it every day of summer. But seeing that this is a food blog and we actually do care about how things taste, this drink tastes amazing. It tastes like summer. It tastes like jewels. It tastes as good as it looks, and it looks damn good. Fresh lemons and raspberries doused in sugar will never be bad, and making this all yourself is an easy project that will still make you feel accomplished.
Bring this lemonade to a picnic or hoard it and drink it in your bathtub - either way, your day will be a whole lot brighter.
Love and meows, Rina
Yield: 6 servings
Total Cook Time: 15m
1 cup fresh raspberries (about 6 ounces, or 1½ packages), plus extra for ice cubes
⅔ cup sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
2-2 ½ cups water, depending on personal preference
Optional: alcohol, duh - vodka, tequila or whiskey would all work well
Prepare the ice cubes: place 2-3 raspberries into each ice cube mold, then top off with water and place in the freezer.
Prepare the raspberries: in a small bowl, combine the raspberries and sugar. Mash well, and let stand for 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to a mesh strainer or cheese cloth and strain all of the glorious pink liquid out. Set aside.
Prepare the lemonade: in a pitcher/jug/giant mason jar, combine the lemon juice, water, raspberry juice and alcohol if using. Shake or stir very well.
To serve: place raspberry ice cubes into glasses and fill with lemonade. Sit back, relax and drink away.