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


  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.

  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.

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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.

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

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

  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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