Monday, May 24, 2010

Recipes: Pink Lemonade & Orange Lemonade

The heat and humidity have finally hit Kansas.  We turned our air conditioning on for the first time last night but only to 77 to break the humidity that had a grip on the house.  It's the first day of summer vacation here and it's a perfect week to have some lemonade in the fridge.

I made this Friday when I had some of our MOMS Club moms and kids over to play.  Both lemonade's were refreshing, sweet, and so good.  Cranberry juice is what gives the Pink Lemonade it's lovely flavouring and colour.  The oranges were a very nice compliment to the lemons in the Orange Lemonade.

Both lemonade's are very high in sugar but were so simple to make.  I do recommend you buy fresh unsweetened orange juice for the Orange Lemonade as it took forever to squeeze the juice from 8 of them to make the 1-1/2 cups required.  I didn't have jug's big enough to fit all the lemonade so I used cleaned out cookies jars which worked and looked perfect!

from Simply Recipes

1 1/4 cup sugar (if using unsweetened cranberry juice, 1 cup if using sweetened)
4 cups water (divided)
1 cup cranberry juice (I used apple-cranberry)
1 cup lemon juice

Make a "simple syrup" by heating sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat.

Stir together the remaining water, cranberry juice, lemon juice and simple syrup. Make adjustments to taste. Chill for an hour, or add ice to cool.

from Taste of Home

1-3/4 cups sugar
2-1/2 cups water
1-1/2 cups lemon juice (about 8 lemons)
1-1/2 cups orange juice (about 5 oranges)
2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 tablespoons grated orange peel

In a large saucepan, combine sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. Cool.

Add juices and peel to cooled sugar syrup. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Strain syrup (I didn't do this); cover and refrigerate.

To serve, fill glasses or pitcher with equal amounts of fruit syrup and water. Add ice and serve. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 136 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein
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  1. These look great Sarah! I love that you used cranberries; a little tart to break up the sweet. Back in the day when I used my juicer more, I would make lemonade with a handful of apples and a lemon. It makes some really delicious lemonade! thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. Sarah, that is genius! Making it pink with cranberry juice? I love it! I am always looking for new drink recipes so this is so inspiring, thank you. I love that you make them in those giant jars, I have to get some of those. Oh and I'm officially following your blog now, I thought I was already, doh!

    Oh and it's true, there are beautiful beaches here but I can't drive and am stuck where I am which is a very depressing area. Even when my husband is home, we rarely can do anything fun because of personal stuff (long story, I'll share it in an email if you want to know but not online). Anyway, I know there are many stunning and inspiring areas of Nova Scotia, it just turns out to be the worst place for a disabled person who can't drive to live. I had no idea.

  3. Sarah,
    These looks so refreshing and perfect for a hot summer day! We love to try new lemonade recipes! I am also loving the idea of using the large jars as a punch bowl! Great idea :)

  4. They both look beautiful! I love the big jars, perfect!

  5. They look so refreshing and i live the jars1

  6. Oh, I love these! I've never made anything other than regular lemonade, so I am dying to try this. Making the simple syrup is the key to good lemonade!

  7. Fabulous idea using your cookie jars as punch bowls! I love those cookie jars too, by the way!

    These recipes would have been perfect for my daughter's birthday party earlier this month...I'll have to make them soon!

  8. So refreshing! perfect for this hot days here in Montreal :) i'll make this lemonade soon :) thanks for sharing!

  9. Thanks for the "sweet" comments everyone. My goal is to reduce the amount of sugars in these lemonade's & I'm going to keep experimenting. We had canker sores for days after drinking so much of it ;op

    Julie your use of apples and lemon sounds wonderful and I'd love to see it featured on your blog one day.

    Suzie thanks for following! Suzie I remember what it was like being stuck in Halifax in the summer with no car - not fun. I'll email you so we can talk more :)

  10. Wow, these look so refreshig! I'm going to have to try them. We've had weather in the 90's here in Pennsylvania. Just staring at your pictures with the ice cubes makes me feel refreshed. Love them!


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