6/27/09

Non-Alcoholic Cranberry Spritzers

Earlier today I grabbed a couple cookbooks from my shelves, headed out the back patio door and relaxed on the hammock in the back yard. One of those cookbooks was an all time favorite of mine, one that never let's me down; Southern Living.

This summer drink is from Southern Living last year, in July of 2008. It's reminiscent of a fruity sangria but made with cranberry juice and mineral water, even kids can enjoy. If you choose, make it with champagne and call it an 'adult' refresher.

Cranberry Spritzers

(12-ounce) cans frozen cranberry juice concentrate, thawed and undiluted
4 lemon slices
4 orange slices
4 lime slices
2 (23-ounce) bottles orange-flavored sparkling mineral water, chilled*
Garnish: lemon slices

Combine first 4 ingredients in a large pitcher; cover and chill 8 hours or overnight. Remove fruit with a slotted spoon, and discard. Stir mineral water into cranberry juice. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired. 2 (750-milliliter) bottles chilled champagne may be substituted for sparkling mineral water.
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