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Lemonade Mocktail

April 2, 2015


This is one of those experiments that turned into a happy accident.

I am notorious for testing out recipes in the middle of the night. Last night, literally in the middle of the night, I remembered that there were a bunch of fresh lemon and blueberries in the fridge that I needed to do something with before they went bad. So, I decided to be fancy-for-no-reason and freeze the some of the fruit in water to make ice so I could be sit and sip fruit infused water on my new patio set. The remainder was split and added to previously frozen smoothie packs.

It only took about 10 minutes to wash, cut up the fruit and distribute it in the ice trays. I put it in the freezer and that was that... Until I woke up this morning and was inspired by a fruit infused cocktail recipe on Pinterest. I really don't drink that often, and since it is Easter weekend, I decided to make a family friendly mocktail (but you can totally add vodka to make a real cocktail if you'd like).
*Note: Use boiling water if you want the ice to be clear.

I used a few cubes of what I call fruit ice and put them in a cup. Then I added one of my frozen smoothie packs to a room temperature bottle of club soda. The chunks frozen fruit made the drink ice cold and it pretty much tastes like fruit infused fizzy water. However, my taste buds were not a fan of the strawberry and pineapple combination so I added about 1/4-1/2 Cup of lemon juice and some sugar (I won't tell you how much because I don't need that kind of judgement in my life. Just add sugar until it's good to you). If you want to get super fancy for no reason, put some sugar on the rim of the glass to make it look legit.

The Lemonade Mocktail recipe is has a hint of fizz from club soda which makes it tastes like sparkling wine without the alcohol. I also tried it with ginger ale and various sparkling waters. Since sparkling water is usually flavored they may clash with this recipe. My suggestion is to always use club soda or ginger ale. If you don't have either of those, a lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7UP) would be my next suggestion.

It tastes even better once the ice melts and the blueberries and lemon slices join the party. If you don't prefer to have all of that fruit in your cup, your can strain the drink before you serve it, or just throw the fruit pieces away in between refills. I found if you leave the fruit in the cup, use a straw and keep it at the very bottom of the cup to avoid getting pieces stuck in the straw.

INGREDIENTS
1 bottle of Club Soda
1/4-1/2 Cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (or regular lemonade)
Sugar To Taste (Optional)
Frozen Strawberries and Pineapple Cubes
Fruit infused Ice Cubes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Put the ice cubes in a cup.
  2. Dump the remaining ingredients in sa pitcher.
  3. Stir it.
  4. Taste Test.
  5. Add more Sugar until your taste buds are happy.
  6. Pour the drink over the ice.
  7. Only add alcohol if you're of legal drinking age and without child. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  8. Serve.
It's such a simple and refreshing drink for the spring and summer. The great part is you can pretty much use any fruit combo with this recipe. Will you try it?  Let me know in the comments!


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