Nothing brightens up a dreary winter day than a bright summery drink – like this cranberry lemonade. It tastes just like a sweet tart candy, if you like that kind of thing. I certainly do!
About This Recipe
I actually came up with this recipe by way of a happy accident. For Christmas this year, I decided to make the family a festive cocktail to have prior to dinner, and found a fabulous-looking cranberry mojito recipe on the blog Nutmeg Nanny. It was chock full of red cranberries and green mint, making it the perfect Christmas colors. But I misread the recipe. I thought the ingredients listed were for one drink, so I quadrupled it for the number of guests I would be having over. Part of the recipe calls for making a cranberry simple syrup, using eight ounces of cranberries. So, I took that times four for 32 ounces of cranberries. That seemed like a lot of cranberries, but I proceeded anyway. I ended up with about a half gallon of simple syrup.
Then as I continued reading the recipe and got to the part where it called for adding the simple syrup to the drink, it only asked for two ounces per drink! What was I going to do with the cranberry syrup I had left? There was no way we could drink that many mojitos without incurring a serious hangover, so after one (or two) drinks each, I stashed the remaining pitcher of syrup in the refrigerator. The next day I came up with this non-alcoholic cranberry lemonade. You could, of course, also add some rum or vodka to kick it up a notch.
The Cast of Characters
There are only five ingredients in this recipe: the cranberry simple syrup, lemon juice, lemon-lime soda, a wedge of lemon, and cranberries for garnish. You can find the recipe for the cranberry simple syrup on Nutmeg Nanny’s cranberry mojito post.