This cranberry lemonade is a slightly sweet and tart summer indulgence that’s so refreshing because it’s entirely homemade! My recipe uses fresh or frozen cranberries to make a syrup to use in the lemonade instead of store-bought juice.
Why should cranberries only reserved for the autumn and winter seasons?
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I used to love a cranberry lemonade that Trader Joe’s used to sell, but in true TJ’s style, they discontinued the beverage and it’s never been back since. However, as I do with other Trader Joe’s items, I often make my own version–such as buttermilk pancakes, aebleskiver Danish pancakes, and this four cheese macaroni and cheese dish. Continued below.*
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*The most difficult part about this lemonade is finding cranberries in summer, so here’s what I do: I stock up when they are available in the winter, and freeze them. That way, I can use frozen cranberries in cranberry orange muffins, make a cranberry cake or this refreshing and delicious lemonade all year long!
You could even incorporate the method to make my cranberry lemonade to make cranberry flavored lemon drop martini! What a concept, right?
Other recipes for cranberry lemonade use cranberry juice which comes in a bottle and is made from concentrate, but it just won’t taste the same, I can assure you. My recipe uses a homemade cranberry syrup! I hope you enjoy this refreshing beverage.
Homemade Cranberry Lemonade
original recipe by Christina Conte Serves 8
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
Make the Cranberry Syrup
Place the cranberries in a small pot with half of the sugar and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Continue cooking until the cranberries are soft, then add the remaining sugar. Stir until all the sugar is melted. Place into a fine sieve and push the cranberries into the sieve to extract the syrup over a glass jug or bowl. DON’T throw the cranberries away! Keep them in the fridge or freeze them and you can use them to bake.
You’ll end up with cranberry syrup that looks like this.
Finish Making the Cranberry Lemonade
Next, squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a large pitcher.
Add the cranberry syrup, then add the water.
Stir, taste and adjust with more lemon juice, sugar or water as desired, then serve over ice. If you like the clear balls of ice, this is the kind of clear ice maker I use.
And these are the pink glasses which are made in Italy!
Garnish with a lemon slice and cranberry. And no one ever said you can’t add some good quality vodka (at least I didn’t)!
Cranberry lemonade is delightfully refreshing for a hot summer afternoon!
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- 2 cups (8 oz bag) fresh or frozen cranberries
- 1 cup (225 g or 8 oz) sugar
- 120 ml (4 oz) lemon juice
- 6 cups water
- Place the cranberries in a small pot with half of the sugar (1/2 cup) and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally.
- Continue cooking until the cranberries are soft, then add the rest of the sugar. Keep stirring until all the sugar has dissolved, then remove from the heat.
- Place into a fine sieve and push the cranberries into the sieve to extract the syrup over a glass jug or bowl.
- Next, squeeze the lemons and pour into a large pitcher.
- Add the cranberry syrup, then the water.
- Stir and taste, and adjust with more lemon juice, sugar or water as desired.
And no one ever said you can't add some good quality vodka (at least I didn't)!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 ounces
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 125Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 0g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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