Friday, June 15, 2007

Favorite Ingredients Friday for June 15

This is my first time to participate in Favorite Ingredients Friday and I'm enthused about it! This week's edition features refreshing drinks, so here's my nomination for the most refreshing summer drink I know of:


3/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup lemon juice
3 cups cold water
1 cup cranberry juice

Combine the sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Stir in the cold water and the cranberry juice. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate until well chilled. Serve over ice.

Yield: approximately 1 quart

One quart of this is just not enough! I usually triple the recipe and keep it in a gallon-size jar with a spigot in the fridge. We just pour it over ice as needed.


  1. I would love to try this! Is there any chance that cranberry juice comes unsweetened? I could use Splenda for the rest of the sugar, but I can't have the sweetened cranberry juice.

  2. That sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing. I just happened across your blog. Have a lovely weekend.

    Angel Mama ():)

  3. Ooo - that sounds very yummy. What a great way to add a bit of nutrition to your beverage. My parents buy cranberry juice - straight up - from Nature's Place at Hannafords. A little goes a looong way:) but it is very healthy. Have a great weekend!

  4. It doesn't come unsweetened, Susan, because cranberries are so very, very tart. But the kind I buy is a blend of juices and is all natural -- has no added sugar. It is Apple & Eve brand, called "Naturally Cranberry". I buy mine in Walmart.

  5. Oops, I stand corrected, Rachel! I had no idea one could buy cranberry juice unsweetened. So I guess you have a choice, Susan. Either use the unsweetened stuff and add lots more Splenda, or use the blend of juices and the amount of Splenda to equal 1 cup sugar.

    Hope you do try this and that you enjoy it!

  6. I love the sounds of this recipe, simple and yet delicious! I'm so glad you decided to join us for FIF! :)

    Thanks for participating in my Favorite Ingredients Friday- Refreshing Drinks Edition recipe exchange. I do appreciate it.

    I hope to see you again next Friday!

  7. I love cranberry, so this sounds really tasty to me. Welcome to FIF.

  8. It's so nice to have so many of you ladies around my kitchen table enjoying cranberry lemonade! Hope you try making this lovely summer beverage at home and that you and your families will all enjoy it!


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