Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Nantucket Lemonade

Prepared by Kelly

Nantucket Lemonade

This punch gets its name from a concoction the author whipped up for a dockside get-together on the island several summers ago. The ginger ale balances the tart lemon and lime citrus tones, while the cranberry juice adds sweetness and vivid, festive color. After all, if you're going to name a drink after one of the cranberry capitals of the world, the juice should star.

Serving: 12

  • Punch bowl and glasses
  • 5 cups lemonade, homemade or good-quality purchased
  • 2 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 2 cups chilled ginger ale
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • Frozen cranberries and lemon slices for garnish

Combine the lemonade, cranberry juice, lime juice and vodka in the punch bowl and mix well. Just before serving, slowly pour in the ginger ale. Add the ice cubes. Garnish with the frozen cranberries and lemon slices and serve immediately.

Notes: For non-alcoholic Nantucket Lemonade, substitute 2 cups additional ginger ale and 1 cup additional cranberry juice for the vodka. For a picnic or harbor cruise, mix the punch directly in a small insulated cooler for instant and easy transportability.

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