Raspberry Lemonade

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond


  • 4 cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 bag frozen raspberries
  • Ice cubes, for serving


  1. Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 3 cups water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. Add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 8 cups water. Taste to make sure it’s sweet enough for you, and then add the raspberries.
  2. Mix the lemonade together and let chill in the fridge. (Keep in mind that the raspberries are tart, so be sure to sweeten enough!)
  3. Fill mason jars with ice cubes and top them off with the lemonade.

2012 Ree Drummond, All Rights Reserved



Lemonade Iced Tea

Lemonade Iced Tea

Photo by: Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Harget

Similar to an Arnold Palmer, this refreshing drink combines two summer favorites—Southern Living – lemonade and iced tea. Turn this into a cocktail by adding bourbon or spiced dark rum.
Yield: Makes 8 cups


  • 3 cups water
  • 2 family-size tea bags
  • 1 (1-oz.) package fresh mint leaves (about 1 cup loosely packed)
    1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 cups cold water
  • 1 (6-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • Garnish: fresh citrus slices


1. Bring 3 cups water to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Remove from heat, add tea bags, and stir in fresh mint. Cover and steep 10 minutes.

2. Remove and discard tea bags and mint. Stir in sugar until dissolved.

3. Pour tea into a 3-qt. container, and stir in 4 cups cold water and lemonade concentrate. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.

Bourbon-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed, and stir in 1 cup bourbon. Makes 9 cups.

Spiced Dark Rum-Lemonade Iced Tea: Prepare recipe as directed and stir in 1 cup spiced dark rum.  Makes 9 cups.


Southern Living/JULY 2009 – Lemonade Iced Tea

Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate Recipe

Yield: 20 Servings

Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate

Photo by Taste of Home©


  • 4 pounds fresh raspberries (about 14 cups)
  • 6 cups sugar
  • 4 cups lemon juice
  • Chilled tonic water or ginger ale
  • Ice cubes


  1. Place raspberries in a food processor; cover and process until blended. Strain raspberries, reserving juice. Discard seeds. Place juice in a Dutch oven; stir in sugar and lemon juice. Heat over medium-high heat to 190°. Do not boil.
  2. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Carefully ladle hot mixture into five hot 1-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. headspace. Wipe rims; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  3. Place jars into canner simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 10 minutes. Remove jars and cool.

To use concentrate: Mix 1 pint concentrate with 1 pint tonic water. Serve over ice. Yield: 5 pints (4 servings each)

Editor’s Note: The processing time listed is for altitudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the processing time for each 1,000 feet of additional altitude.

Nutritional Facts:
1 cup lemonade equals 319 calories, trace fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 20 mg sodium, 83 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.
Originally published as Raspberry Lemonade Concentrate in Taste of Home’s Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2010, p209

Witches’ Brew Ice Cream Soda

witches brew ice cream soda
Photo by Hershey’s Kitchens.®

Yield: Makes two 8-oz. servings.


  • 4 tablespoons HERSHEY’S Syrup
  • 16 fluid-ounces Cold club soda, seltzer or ginger ale
  • 4 scoops (about 1 cup) orange sherbet
  • TWIZZLERS Strawberry Twists(optional)


1. Combine syrup with small amount of club soda in 16-ounce soda glass.
2. Add sherbet; fill glass with club soda. Garnish with candy. Serve immediately.


Blogger offers a Hand to Create a Scary Halloween Punch

Mark Hamanderson Offers Great Advice on How to Make a Frozen Hand for your Halloween Punch Bowl.  The following is from his blog.   Making a hand of ice is pretty easy: fill a glove with water and put it in the freezer. That said, the following tips will help.

The mold

frozen hand ice mold
Photo by blog.markhamanderson.com

My advice is to use a flimsy dishwashing glove. You can, of course, use a latex glove (as for medical exams) or nitrate glove (as for automotive work), but the drawback for these is that lefts and rights are interchangeable; they look less like a real hand because the thumb is positioned improperly.

Suspending it in the freezer

hanging glove
Use skewers to suspend the glove

You’ll need a way to suspend your glove in the freezer while the water crystallizes. I recommend driving a pair of skewers (as for shish kebabs) through the glove from perpendicular angles about an inch or so below the wrist opening. Then you can hang your glove inside an empty oatmeal box (you know, the round sort)*.

Avoiding swelling

Water expands as it freezes, which can give your frozen hand and unnatural degree of swelling in the palm, looking quite as though it had suffered a number of bee stings. To minimize this, add just a bit of water at a time to your glove, wait for it to freeze, add more water, etc.

Where to stop

Don’t fill the glove further than the base of the hand. An ordinary wrist is narrower than the hand, but dishwashing gloves are not that shape.

How to make an ice hand mold
*To keep its shape, hang the glove inside an empty oatmeal box.

Protecting the fingers

When you remove your dishwashing glove from the frozen hand, the fingers are liable to snap off. That’s okay. Apply a bit of water to the break, restore the severed finger to its place, hold it so for a couple of seconds, and put it back in the freezer for a little while.

Frost-free freezers

My advice is to not make your ice hand far in advance. Modern domestic freezers are all ‘Frost free’, which means that they periodically (all too frequently) go through periods of thawing and freezing. This will wreak havoc on your hand of ice. In the end, my hand’s fingers became shortened and clawlike.

And this is what the result should look like:

Screaming Red Punch with a Hand
Photo: Kevin Kennefick for Storey Publishing

Screaming Red Punch with a Hand

Lygeia Grace, a Simply Stated Contributor offers this recipe.


  • 1 new (non-powdered preferred) rubber surgical glove (or the dishwashing glove as shown above)
  • 2 quarts apple juice
  • 2 quarts cranberry juice
  • 2 liters ginger ale


  1. Unless using the instructions above for the dishwashing glove, rinse the rubber surgical glove inside and out several times with cold water to make sure it doesn’t have any powder coating. Fill with water and tie the wrist tightly closed with a twist tie. Freeze solid.
  2. Mix the juices and ginger ale in a large punch bowl. Cut the glove carefully off the hand and fingers with a sharp scissors and float the molded hand in the punch.
  3. Enjoy.

Haunting Hot Chocolate

Ooooooh, spooky! Delight little goblins and float a ghost-shape marshmallow on this hot white chocolate drink.

Haunting Hot Chocolate
Photo by Better Homes & Gardens©

Yield:  6 ounces or 5 Servings


  • 1 orange
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 2/3 cup vanilla-flavored baking pieces or vanilla-flavored candy coating
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla Whipped cream (optional)
  • Ground nutmeg (optional)
  • Purchased marshmallow ghosts (like Peeps®)


  1. Remove peel of orange with vegetable peeler; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 cup of the milk, the vanilla-flavored baking pieces, orange peel, and nutmeg; whisk over low heat until baking pieces are melted. Remove orange peel. Whisk in remaining milk and heat through. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Serve warm in mugs. Add a marshmallow ghost, dollop with whipped cream, and sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (Haunting Hot Chocolate)

Per serving: 221 kcal cal., 12 g fat (9 g sat. fat, 20 mg chol., 72 mg sodium, 22 g carb., 5 g pro. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Celebrate Lea & Perrins Worcestershire® Sauce

In 1837, Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufactured Worcestershire Sauce on August 28th.

The Virgin Bloody Mary

Virgin Bloody Mary

Worcestershire Sauce has its origins in England.


  • 1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
  • 3 ounce (90 mL) tomato juice
  • 3 dashes (or more to taste) Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce®
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) lemon juice
  • dash hot sauce (to taste)
  • pinch salt (to taste)
  • pinch pepper (to taste)
  • Celery salt
  • Celery stalk
  • Lime wedge


Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a highball glass over crushed ice. Garnish with the lime wedge and celery stalk.


Twist 1: For a cool slushy cocktail, freeze tomato juice in ice cube trays and pulse in a blender with worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and lemon juice.

Twist 2: For a spicy Bloody Mary, add a little prepared horseradish and garnish with a shrimp (in place of celery and lime).

Twist 3:  Add an Asian twist to your classic bloody mary: 1) Substitute lime juice for lemon juice and add grated fresh ginger as a garnish. 2) Substitute wasabi paste for hot sauce and garnish with garlic chives instead of celery stalks and lime.

Twist 4:  For a healthier option, use 25% Less Salt Tomato Juice as a base.


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Oscar Cocktail Skewers

What a wonderful way to celebrate the movies!

Nuts And Bolts

My homage to this Sunday’s Oscar celebration involved cocktails and a whole lot of glitter. IMG_3971All I needed for my cocktail accessories was glue, wooden skewers, glitter and Studio DIY’s Oscar Statue Printable. IMG_3948I took a screenshot of the Oscar Statue and shrunk it in Word to the desired size for my skewers.IMG_3950Cut out your little statues.IMG_3951Brush a good amount of glue on one side of your statue.
IMG_3955Glitz him up with a significant amount of glitter!IMG_3956You will need two statues for every one skewer.
IMG_3968Using a hot glue gun, glue one statue to your wooden skewer. Then glue another statue to complete your cocktail skewer. IMG_3985Although I love the look of glitter, glittered or gold paper would be a cleanup free alternative way to create the same look. IMG_3975Cheers!

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