Lemonade and Cranberry Refreshers

With Memorial Day celebrations going on this weekend and the official start to summer just around the corner, you’re going to need a refreshing beverage to complement all of the homemade food you’re sure to eat at barbecues, weekend brunch and summer parties. We have found two perfect recipes that are the best of both worlds: simple to make and absolutely delicious! You can add both to your favorite liquor or combine with a sangria recipe for a little extra kick, too.

Glass Beverage Decanter

Classic Lemonade

What you’ll need:

  • 5 lemons
  • 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 quarts water

Directions:

  1. Peel the lemon rinds from all lemons and cut the rinds into 1/2-inch slices. Set the lemons aside.
  2. Place the rinds into a large bowl and sprinkle all of the sugar over them – do not stir or mix. Let stand for one hour.
  3. In a covered saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Pour the hot water over the sugared lemon rinds and let cool for about 20 minutes. Remove the rinds and discard.
  4. In a medium bowl, squeeze the lemon juice from the set aside lemons (step 1). Pour the juice through a strainer into the sugar mixture, stir well. Pour into a pitcher and place in the refrigerator. Serve in a glass over ice.

Cranberry-Pomegranate Cooler

What you’ll need:

  • CranberriesCubed ice
  • 32 fluid oz. cranberry-pomegranate juice
  • 8 fluid oz. sparkling water
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup cranberries

Directions:

  1. Fill a pitcher or punch bowl about 1/3 full of ice. Add cranberry-pomegranate juice and top with sparkling water.
  2. Cut up lime in thin slices, add to pitcher/punch bowl. Pour in cranberries, stir and serve!

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