Cranberry-Ginger Lime Rickey


2 1/4 cup Cape Cod Select’s premium frozen cranberries
2/3 cup fresh lime juice
1 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger (peeled)
1 1/2 cup sugar

to serve:

sparkling water
lime slices

Place the cranberries, lime juice, ginger and sugar in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer until the juices from the cranberries are fully released and the mixture thickens, about 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Pour the mixture through a wire mesh strainer, into a heat-safe jar, measuring cup or bowl. Use the back of a spoon to extract all liquid into the jar. Discard solids. Allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.

Stir 2-3 tablespoons of syrup into each 10-oz glass of sparkling water. Add ice. Garnish with lime slices or wedges.

Refrigerate leftovers up to one week.

Yield: about 1 cup syrup

My thoughts:

Cape Cod Select contacted me asking if I would like to try their new line of premium frozen cranberries and create a new recipe using them. I was happy to! I love cranberries and have often thought it was such a shame (and odd) that they are not sold frozen year round since cranberries freeze so well and have uses beyond Thanksgiving and Christmas. I’ve always wanted to make some summery cranberry recipes but by late August, my stash has normally run out. Cape Cod Select has stepped in to solve this problem.

I think cranberries’ bright, tart flavor really goes well in summer dishes. Since it has been incredibly hot, rainy and humid this season, I thought I would make something cool and refreshing. This is a version of the old-fashioned soda fountain favorite, a lime rickey. Basically a sparkling limeade, lime rickeys are served as-is or can be spiked for an adult beverage. Common variations include New York’s cherry-lime and New England’s raspberry-lime rickeys.

For this rickey, I added cranberries and fresh ginger to the syrup to make for an effervescent drink that is as refreshing as it is pretty. It’s almost like a light, fruity ginger ale. I think it would be fun for a lunch or casual party, who wouldn’t appreciate homemade soda? No one I’d want to know!

Cape Cod Select is a woman-owned business that has been run by the Rhodes family for four generations–over 75 years! Their facilities are primarily powered by solar energy which is admirable. You can order their cranberries online here or find them in a local grocery. Find out where to buy them locally here. If you are a cranberry lover, check these out, I’ve never seen such large, perfect-looking cranberries in my life. And remember you can use frozen cranberries the exact same way you use fresh, without defrosting.

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