Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade

Summertime is here and it’s time to cool off with a refreshing drink.

1 cup water
1 1/2 cups sugar
rinds of 2 lemons
1 cup lemon juice
4 cups cold water
ice

In small saucepan, make a syrup by adding 1 cup water, sugar and lemon rinds. Stir on medium low heat until sugar dissolves completely, and boil for 7 minutes. Cool. In a large pitcher, combine syrup, lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water. Stir well and serve immediately over ice.

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Strawberry Punch

4 packages Raspberry flavor drink mix*
Frozen strawberries
2 – 12oz. cans frozen lemonade
1 quart lemon-lime soda

  1. Mix drink mix according to directions.
  2. In a blender, slightly puree frozen strawberries.
  3. Add strawberries and lemonade to mix and stir thoroughly.
  4. Add soda before serving.
  5. Punch may be frozen ahead, and add soda before serving for a slush drink.

*At the time, Kool-Aid didn’t make Raspberry anymore, so I substituted with 5 packets of Flavor-Aid instead because it has a weaker taste.

Source: Lachelle Green

Summer Slush

A.k.a. “Green Slime.” This is fun to serve at Halloween in a big cauldron.

1 – 3oz. Lime Jello
1 cup sugar
1 quart boiling water
3 lemons, juiced
1 large (46oz.) can pineapple juice
2 – 2 Liter bottles Sprite or 7-Up

  1. Dissolve Jello and sugar in water. Add lemon juice and pineapple juice.
  2. Pour into a huge ziploc bag(s), plastic ice cream container, or large glass baking dish and freeze solid.
  3. Remove from freezer and defrost 1 hour before serving (you want it just barely slushy, but not melted too much. It may require more time to defrost depending on how hard it is).
  4. Put the slush in a punch bowl and pour cold bottles of Sprite or 7-Up over the top.

Optional: You can also add a little lime sherbet when serving.

Source: Velma Smithson

Orange Sherbet Punch

1 cup cranberry juice
1 cup orange sherbet
10oz. ginger ale soda
2-3 Tablespoons sugar
extra orange sherbet

  1. In a blender or with mixer, blend all ingredients except the extra sherbet.
  2. Put a small scoop of extra sherbet in glasses and pour in punch.

Source: Lachelle Green