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Lemonade Party Punch

Punch has made a come back, yes? Lemonade Party Punch Pin It - Oysters & Pearls

I was lucky enough to be gifted this insanely gorgeous punch bowl from my Aunt ‘Trell (thank you again and again, if you’re reading this!), and I try to use it every chance I get.  This lemonade party punch recipe is a real winner that I fully intend to use for years to come at all sorts of parties.  It just especially fit in with our color scheme for a little bridal shower some friends and I threw for our friend Rebecca a couple weekends ago.  I’m so glad, because it was delicious! Here are a few more shots from the pretty little shower we threw at the Firehouse Art Gallery (we rented the Kirbo room).

I picked up the cupcakes from Smallcakes in Thomasville.  Jessica and her sweet friend Michael did the balloons and tassels, which were adorable!  We had a delicious spread of brunch nibbles.

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And what brunch celebration is complete without mimosas?

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Lemonade Party Punch Recipe
adapted via Savor Home

ingredients

– 3 cups water
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 package frozen concentrated lemonade (thawed)
– 1 package  frozen concentrated orange juice (thawed)
– 2 cups cranberry juice
– 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
– Freshly sliced lemons
– Ice

instructions

In a large pitcher, add sugar to warm water and stir until sugar is dissolved.  Add the lemonade, orange juice, and cranberry juice.  Cover and chill the mixture for at least a couple of hours.  When you’re ready to serve the punch, pour the mixture into a punch bowl, add the lemon-lime soda, ice, and sliced lemons.  Stir and enjoy!

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Might I add that this was delicious with a float of champagne on top?  Yes, I might.

Until Next Time

Lemonade

Is it Friday again already?  Not that I’m complaining.

I still can’t even believe it’s August!

I don’t have a very long post for y’all today, but it’s one that is appropo for the impending weekend.

Speaking of Grandmothers this week, I’ve mentioned my grandmother from another mother, Tezzie, on here before.  She has a HUGE lemon tree at she and my Poppie’s house, along with various other citrus trees.  I grew up eating Satsumas (a type of mandarin orange) at her house, and once ate a Baker’s dozen in one sitting as a child.  It didn’t end well… but that’s another story for another day.

Where I’m going with this is that I have very fond memories of drinking fresh squeezed lemonade at Tezzie and Poppie’s house from her enormous Meyer lemons (they really are the size of a small grapefruit).  I made some last weekend, so I thought I’d snap a few pictures and share the ridiculously easy recipe.

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…Or just when your husband is mowing the grass with a push mower and looks really pitiful and asks you to make lemonade…

Last year Tezzie gave me a TON of lemons.  Her cup had runneth many times over, so I gladly took them.  I juiced lemons for what felt like hours and may have developed a slight case of carpal tunnel, but it was all worth it to have lemon juice all year.

To freeze it, I juice the lemons into a fine mesh strainer set over a mixing bowl.  That way I don’t have to fish seeds out later.  You can push the pulp through if you want, but you won’t have to worry about seeds.

Anyway, fill jars up (I just use regular old mason jars) and put them in your freezer either without a lid or with the lid very loose.  Once they are frozen, tighten the lids down and fuhgedaboutit.

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Tezzie’s Lemonade

ingredients

– 1 cup freshly squeezed (or freshly thawed out) lemon juice
– 1 cup sugar
– 5 cups cold water

instructions

Mix together and serve!

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On a hot weekend day, I might also add some vodka…

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Or even better, some Sweet Tea Vodka for a boozy Arnold Palmer!

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It’s a real shame lemons aren’t in season in the summer, but on hot SoWeGa summer days, I’m awfully grateful for freezers!

I’m also really hoping it won’t be too many years before our little Meyer lemon tree (Tezzie’s tree’s progeny) will be running my cup over with lemons!

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Cheers!

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