Friday, July 30, 2010

When life hands you lemons…

…grab your vodka and make Nantucket Lemonade!

I made this enticing adult beverage for CGMan’s big 50th birthday bash. Let me tell you, it was a hit, especially on a hot summer day in Texas.

At the time, I didn’t think to chronicle the making of this luscious lemonade, but my photographer of the day, Skater, managed to catch a few cameos of this delightful libation. But first, the recipe:

Nantucket Lemonade
Serves 15

5 cups lemonade, homemade or good quality purchased (I used Simply Lemonade)
2 cups cranberry juice
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 cups vodka
2 cups ginger ale
4 cups ice cubes
Frozen cranberries and lemon slices for garnish

Combine the lemonade, cranberry juice, lime juice and vodka in punch bowl (or a large beverage dispenser with a tap on the bottom). Just before serving, slowly pour in the ginger ale, add the ice cubes. Garnish with the frozen cranberries and lemon slices, serve immediately.

 

lemonade libation 

I tripled the recipe to make approximately 3 gallons. It was just enough to buzz a crowd of about thirty. They drank it all and there might have been some talk of sucking on the cranberries, but that could be just a rumor. It was that good.

If you’re having a deck party, backyard barbeque or if it’s just plain hot where you are, go ahead and give this a try! It’s delightful!

Here’s my disclaimer- don’t sue me!
*not suitable for children under 21

12 comments:

  1. Yum! I just bought some sparkling lemonade, so I think I can make a small batch. For just me.

    P.S. I totally love your porch. I wish I were there.

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  2. I can attest to the fact that it was fantastic. And I didn't realize there were any witnesses to me sucking on the cranberries when it was all gone!

    Great party! Well done, Martha... yet again.

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  3. I love your recipes and you know waht, this might be my favorite. Even my newbie cooking self can handle this.

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  4. I'm going to need a very large thermos of that for our road trip tomorrow! Please ship immediately. :)

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  5. Your patio is awesome! Oh, and I'm going to go make that drink Right. Now.

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  6. There's enough liquor in it, right?

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  7. Dawn's patio is the envy of all! It's beautiful - the fireplace makes it! I think I am going to mix up a glass or 2 (hahaha) of Dawn's punch later - that sounds amazingly good!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  8. That' sounds like such a refreshing way to get my buzz on, Serioulsy, I'm always on the hunt for great summer drinks and that just sounds scrumptious. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. I love your patio! We don't drink, so maybe I'll just have to make this as a punch. How boring. :)

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  10. Looks delicious! And I love how you helpfully identified the punch in your pictures. ;)

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  11. I love me some jazzed up lemonade, so I'll give it a go because it sounds fantastic.

    Love your back porch, does it ever get cold enough here to fire up the fire place?

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