June 22, 2009

The most refreshing drink ever!

Edit: If you cannot find Fresca where you live, I suggest Squirt soda or Shasta Grapefruit Soda. If you don't have those, you can use 7 Up or Sprite, but the taste will definitely be different. The cranberry cocktail is a little sweeter than regular tart cranberry juice. You can certainly substitute but again the taste will be a little more tart.

Whew, it sure gets hot and muggy in Kansas. One step out the door and my straightened hair just curls right up! I might as well just give up on it! As I showed you in my patriotic post HERE, I had place settings with empty glasses. Many of you thought that I be putting drinks or my favorite margaritas into my pint canning jars. Nope, I'm saving those for something else. But today I just have to share the drink I'll be serving at my summer picnics. The photo belows shows my beautiful beverages....doesn't it just make your mouth water????? It's so simple and delicious, you'll want to make it all summer long. I've made gallons and gallons of this already, as my family just loves it!!

No more waiting, let's get to the recipe. I found this recipe in a recent Weight Watcher's cookbook but I've changed the name to make it more Mishie like. I named it Easy Squeezy Cranberry Lime Coolers. Here is all cold and fizzy in my nice glasses.
And here it is more country like, all jarred up to go home with some special guests. Of course I had to make a recipe card. I used these Copic Sketch colors to do some coloring on my project:

I knew the little drink glass with ice cubes from Day at the Beach would be fun to color for my recipe card. I took color cues from my first photo above, coloring the bottom of the drink darker, then getting lighter pink at the top and then almost a green (from the Fresca) at the very top. I used a Colorless Blender (0) to blend and soften my colors. I stamped the ice cubes over my colored image using Fresh Snow ink then cut my image out using fine tip scissors. The layers of my 4" x 6" recipe card are PTI Raspberry Fizz (for the cranberry juice), Spring Moss (for the limes) and Stamper's Select White cardstock. I stamped the small lime image onto my white cardstock using Spring Moss Ink. The fun Raspberry Fizz swirl exploding out of the drink is from Fancy Flourishes and has been glitterfied using PTI Glitter. I added a little glitter to the glass to represent glistening drips of goodness! Recipe card was finished off with stitching from my sewing machine.
If you try one new recipe this summer, make it this one!! I buy ingredients for this each time I hit the grocery store. And make sure your ice is crushed. It's soooooo good......I have to go have one NOW!!

Recipe for you to print/copy:
Easy Squeezy Cranberry Lime Cooler
1-1/3 cups light cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
4(12 oz) cans Fresca
4 lime wedges
Combine cranberry juice cocktail and Fresca in a pitcher. Pour into 4 tall glasses filled with crushed ice, and squeeze a lime wedge over each glass. 4 servings. For individual serving, fill glass half full of crushed ice. Fill 3/4 full with Fresca then top off with cranberry juice cocktail. Squeeze lime wedge on top. This is Michelle’s favorite drink....along with a good margarita.

Note: Fonts used for recipe card and recipe size are listed at the left side bar, just scroll down.


And here's a few photos from my Inspiration File of some cool ways to dispense your drinks. Look at all these fun jars!I love the lemonade in the jar at the left, below. You can find those at The Container Store. And if you zoom in below and look to the left, you can see a clever way to keep individual drinks iced down in a tray of ice. I love that!

And look at juicy fruit in the jars below of what looks like a sangria of sorts. Fun stuff! All it takes is some clever thinking and you can turn anything into a serving container. Have fun! And...I haven't forgotten about that Mason jar contest I have going on. I finally got two winners from the comments section of what's going in my jar. So two of you that left comments are winners! Stay tuned for the big reveal!

29 comments:

dolcreations said...

Thank-you so much for this great recipe. We are having a heat wave this week so it will be perfect to serve up!

The recipe card is awesome!
Thanks again,
Christine

Dottie K. said...

Cute recipe card. Sounds so refreshing will have to try this. Can't wait to see what goes in those jars. Dottie K :)

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOW! This sounds so yummy! I was going to make Watermelon Lemonade, but I may have to make this instead! I love going to Sonic and getting Cranberry Limeades, so I think you just changed my mind in the beverage for our 4th. Ü

Lori Craig said...

I might have to try that. I love Fresca. :) Great post, Mish.

Vina said...

Such a beautiful recipe card! The drink looks so realistic..amazing!
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

Cindy H. said...

I love your recipe card - it's gorgeous!! I am definitely going to download the CK Becky font as it looks so great on your card. I'm also going to try the Easy Squeezy Cranberry Lime Coolers:) They look so refreshing.

Jean H. said...

Sounds delish, Mish! Can't wait to try it.

Cammie said...

This drink sounds great--will definitely have to try it. And the card is perfect.

Wendi said...

I love the recipe. So glad I will be running to the store today. I love having something new and exciting to offer friends. Perfect for sitting around the pool. Even cuter to have the recipe cards available. You've inspired me again!! Thanks!

CathyB said...

Oohh, that looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe-and the card is fabulous as well! Now, when are you going to tell us what is going in those jars? You are killing me!! I am so bad at being patient, sorry. You just let us know whenever you feel like it. Don't mind my ranting!!! :)

Alicia said...

This recipe sounds awesome!! We may be trying these out on the 4th as well! I am now contemplating having a small family get-together for the 4th! Thanks for all the inspiration... as usual! Can't wait to see what goes into the jars...

Anonymous said...

Do I win the prize for the first one to make the drink? It's delish! My birhtday is tomorrow so I made it for a few well wishers today. Perfect for by the pool! I think I would likey with a little vodka too. Thanks!Mish
Heidi Quick

Chris said...

Can't wait to try this - it's 86 here and that sounds delish!

Love the presentation ideas too! :)

Gayle said...

Mish, You make me smile everyday when I read your blog. You are so talented and such a loving spirit. Your family is so lucky to have you!! I wish I lived near you, it would be fun to go on junking excursions with you and your girls :) Thanks for the constant creative encouragement you give through your projects. Gayle

leenda said...

This looks YUMMY! Thanks for the recipe.

Karen said...

I will have to try that drink, it looks so good. Always love your recipe cards.

Kimberly said...

Love this! Very nice recipe cards and sounds just yummy! Ok City was over 100 today! Tooo HOT!!
Thanks for the ispiration as always!! :)

Jerri-Lea said...

Thank you!! Can't wait to try it with my kids!

Yvette said...

Yummo!!! This drink looks sooo good! I will definitley be trying this recipe out real soon! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

Julia said...

Beautiful recipe card! I really want to case it. Thanks for the recipe! I will definately try it!

Anonymous said...

Mish - as usual I adore your recipes - and have some problems again... I do not get Fresca here in Scotland (U.K.) Do you have any idea how i could replace it to get a similar taste? And can i take ordinary cranberry juice? I have never seen cranberry juice cocktail? Thanks for answering
Have a lovely day,

Nessie

Anonymous said...

I love your latest receipe..thank you so much; it sure will cool things down what a great card to go with it; thanks again Mish you are the greatest!

Bobbie said...

TFS the EASY SQUEEZY CRANBERRY LIME COOLER. It sounds really refreshing, so I did print it up so I could try it. Thanks again
Roberta

Anonymous said...

This looks like the must make drink for summer. Got to go to the grocery store tonight for the supplies. Thanks, Stella

Karen said...

As always so creative! BOTH the card and the wonderful sounding drink recipe! Can't wait to try both! Thanks for you continued inspiration! You ROCK!

Kathi said...

Have had 2 Cranberry Lime Coolers today...yummmmmo!!! So glad you shared the recipe.

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the recipe. It sounds divine. Your recipe card is fantastic, too.

TinaC said...

Thank you for a wonderful recipe. I served it at my sister's 4th of July dinner and everyone loved it. So refreshin on a hot day.

Tina

Kim said...

I tried Oceanspray Cran-Raspberry with Fresca and lime and it was awesome! Thanks for the idea!

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