Just when you thought lemonade season was over… I brought it back. But its different this time, unexpected ingredients like cranberry simple syrup and cinnamon pair with tart fresh squeezed lemons for something special. And if icy cold and refreshing just isn’t your thing right now, toss these ingredients in a crock pot and serve it warm – it’s delicious either way. Hello new holiday staple drink!
This is one of my first recipes created in NYC and photographed in the new apartment, I think the lighting here is spectacular and New York’s hustle and bustle is inspiring me to create more fantastic recipes. The stove was finally turned on yesterday and I could not be more excited to start cooking again.
Start with the Cranberry Simple Syrup (recipe from Martha Stewart), add the juice of 5 fresh squeezed lemons, two quarts of cold water and a half teaspoon of cinnamon. Follow my recipe exactly and you will not be disappointed!
- 1 batch Cranberry Simple Syrup
- - 2¼ cups fresh or frozen cranberries
- - 1 cup water
- - 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5 lemons should yield 1 cup of fresh squeezed juice)
- 2 quarts cold water
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Make the cranberry simple syrup; combine cranberries, water and sugar in a medium sized sauce pan.
- Bring the ingredients to a simmer and then reduce the heat, stirring occasionally for about 12 minutes or until the cranberries are tender. Martha's recipe says not to allow the berries to burst, but it is okay for a few to pop and I found it impossible to not let a few burst.
- Remove from heat, strain the cranberries and reserve the simple syrup. Toss away the whole berries or save them for another recipe.
- While your simple syrup is cooking juice the lemons and remove any seeds.
- Add water, lemon juice, simple syrup and cinnamon to a large pitcher or bowl.
- Mix well, you will notice the cinnamon doesn't throughly mix in, that's okay! It will leave a beautiful and small ring of cinnamon around each glass when served.
Ps. I froze some cranberries in ice cubes the night before, it makes for a pretty presentation of this drink.