Fresh-Squeezed Pink Lemonade Recipe

There’s a nice balance of sweet and tart in this refreshing summer drink. It becomes perfectly pink with the addition of grape juice. —Cindy Bartnicki, Mount Prospect, Illinois

Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 lemon peel strips
  • 1 cup lemon juice (about 5 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon grape juice
  • Lemon slices and maraschino cherries, optional

 

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 2 cups water, sugar and lemon peel to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat. Discard lemon peel.
  2. In a large pitcher, combine the remaining water, lemon juice, grape juice and sugar mixture. Serve over ice. Garnish with lemon slices and cherries if desired.

 

 

Nutritional Facts:
1 cup (calculated without optional ingredients) equals 141 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.
Originally published as Fresh-Squeezed Pink Lemonade in Reminisce August/September 2010, p47

 

Extra-Large Rosé Sbagliato

Yield: 10 plus servings

Extra-Large Rosé Sbagliato

Photo by J Muckle; Styling: Rebekah Peppler

  • 4 cups (32 oz.) Campari, chilled
  • 4 cups (32 oz.) sweet vermouth, chilled
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle sparkling rosé, chilled
  • Several large ice cubes or an ice ring, optional

Directions: 

  1. Combine the chilled Campari, vermouth, and rosé in a large pitcher or bowl. To serve, pour or ladle into champagne coupes or punch glasses.
  2. If the punch begins to warm, you may want to add large ice cubes or an ice ring to chill it. (The larger the cubes or the ring, the slower they will melt, and the less they will dilute the drink.)

 

By Rebekah Peppler

Witches’ Brew with Broomsticks

Yield: 8 Servings

Witches' Brew with Broomsticks
Photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients:

  • 8 orange candy slices
  • 8 cinnamon sticks (5 inches)
  • 8 pieces black shoestring licorice (10 inches)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup red-hot candies
  • 6 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup instant chocolate drink mix

 

Directions: 

  1. For broomsticks, on a lightly sugared surface, roll each orange slice into a 1/4-in.-thick triangle. With wet scissors, snip bottoms of triangles to resemble broom bristles. Wrap pointed end of each around a cinnamon stick. Coil a licorice piece around the top of each orange slice to secure to cinnamon stick; set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan, bring water and red-hots to a boil, stirring frequently until dissolved. Whisk in milk and chocolate drink mix. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until hot. Pour into cups or mugs. Serve with broomstick stirrers.
Originally published as Witches’ Brew with Broomsticks in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2007, p244

 

Purple People Eater Punch

Purple People Eater Punch/Taste of Home.com
Photo by Taste of Home

This Taste of Home Test Kitchen punch recipe was inspired by the hit novelty hit song “Purple People Eater,” as recorded by Sheb Wooley.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing  in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine.

Singer and acter Sheb Wooley appearing in July 1958 issue of LIFE magazine. Shown here with a Purple People Eater.

Yield: 5 quarts/approximately 26 Servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts red grape juice, chilled
  • 4 drops neon purple food coloring
  • 2 liters club soda, chilled
  • 2 quarts vanilla ice cream, softened

 

 

Directions:

Pour grape juice into a 6-quart punch bowl; add food coloring.  Slowly pour in club soda.  Gently spoon ice cream into the punch and whisk to swirl.  Serve immediately.

 

Originally published as Purple People Eater Punch in Taste of Home Halloween Food & Fun 2008, p47

 

 

 

Pumpkin Frappé

Yield: 5 servings (8 oz. each)

Jack-o-lantern with witch hat

Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 c. vanilla ice cream
  • 1 1/4 c. pumpkin
  • 3/4 c. crushed ice
  • 2/3c orange juice
  • 1 TBsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  • 2 medium frozen or very ripe fresh bananas, cut into chunks

Directions:  Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 3 minutes.  Pour into 5 glasses.  If desired, sprinkle nutmeg over the top.

Calories: 185 per serving

The Arnold Palmer drink

Golfer Arnold Palmer rising a glass of his signature drink.

Cheers! Golfer Arnold Palmer lifts a glass of his namesake: half tea, half lemonade.

The man himself sets the record straight in an entertaining new 30 for 30 short, “The Arnold Palmer.”

“My wife made a lot of iced tea for lunch, and I said, ‘Hey babe, I’ve got an idea.’ You make the iced tea and make a big pitcher, and we’ll just put a little lemonade in it and see how that works. We mixed it up, and I got the solution about where I wanted it and I put the lemonade in it. I had it for lunch after working on the golf course. I thought, ‘Boy, this is great, babe. I’m going to take it when I play golf. I’m going to take a thermos of iced tea and lemonade.’ “

Palmer goes on to tell the story about how he was in a Palm Springs restaurant, ordered the drink to his specifications and was overheard by a woman sitting nearby. “I want an Arnold Palmer,” she told the waitress. “I want what he ordered.”

With that, a mixed drink was named and a legendary golfer extended his influence beyond the course. Ten years ago, the rights to the drink were sold to AriZona Beverage Co. Sales exceeded $100 million in 2010.

This was featured in the USA Today article by Chris Chase.