Posts Tagged ‘berry drinks’

Lemonade and Cranberry Refreshers

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

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


  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


  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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Summer coolers – Bring a unique punch to the party

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Beverage DispenserHere are some great recipes for summer punches. You’ll be a hit at the next gathering with these cool recipes….

Raspberry-Lime Rickey
A refreshing, fruity spin on this lime-based cocktail. Add some gin, rum or vodka for the real deal.

You Will Need:
2 Cups unsweetened frozen raspberries
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1/4 Cup sugar
16 oz seltzer

Combine frozen raspberries, lime juice, sugar and seltzer in a blender.
Blend until smooth.
Remove blender container from stand and shake it; blend again.
Serve immediately.

Copper Beverage TubHoneydew Punch
For the best taste, choose perfectly ripe melon.

You Will Need:
4 Cups cubed, seeded honeydew melon
1 Cup store-bought sugar-free lemonade
3 Kiwi fruits, peeled and chopped
1 1/3 Cups unsweetened white grape juice

Place the melon chunks and 1/2 cup lemonade in a large blender; cover and blend until smooth.
Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher to remove any pulp and solids.
Place the remaining 1/2 cup lemonade and chopped kiwis in the blender; cover and blend until smooth.
Again, pour through the strainer into a large pitcher*.
Add the white grape juice, stir well, and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 3 days. Serve over ice.

*Note: Alternatively, you can place all the melon, lemonade and chopped kiwi in a very large food processor fitted with the chopping blade, and process until smooth. Pour through a strainer into a large pitcher, then proceed with step 3.

Galvanized Beverage TubPomegranate Cooler
Pomegranate juice may be the first and biggest food find of this century. And no wonder: It’s tart, full of vitamin C and loaded with antioxidants. Here, it becomes a refreshing summer drink, great after a bike ride or a workout.

You Will Need:
1 1/2 Cups unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/4 Cup lime juice
2 Tbsp grenadine syrup
1 Quart sugar-free raspberry-flavored seltzer

Combine the pomegranate juice, lime juice and grenadine in a large pitcher. (The cooler can be made ahead to this point up to 3 days in advance. Store, covered, in the refrigerator.)
Gently stir in the raspberry seltzer.
Serve over ice.

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