Frugal Beverage

I like to have a refreshing beverage when it is as warm as it has been. Admittedly, I am not a water drinker. Oh, I’ll drink it – if that is all there is. However, I am not a soda drinker, and I know how many calories are in juices. I don’t like the idea of all the chemicals that are in those lovely tubes that you just pour into a 16.2 oz bottle of water. Well, what’s left?

Frugality and creativity. My version of an alcohol-free classic beverage – Sangria Fruit Punch.

Fruit Punch

For Simple Syrup

1 c water

1 c white sugar (Personal Pantry)

1/2 c mint leaves, whole or rough chopped (Food Pantry)

~ Boil water and sugar until sugar is thoroughly dissolved. Turn off heat and cool, about 10 minutes.

~ Add the mint leaves.

1 lemon, sliced thin (Food Pantry)

1 cup cherries, halved and pitted (On Hand)

1/4 c sugar

~ Add the sliced lemons to the still-warm simple syrup and stir. Let cool a bit more, but not fully.

~ Muddle the cherries and 1/4 c sugar in the container you are using to store the juice. Pour still-warm simple syrup mix over the cherry and sugar mixture.

Store in refrigerator. Serve over ice, or combine with a fruit tea.


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