I went a little bit overboard last week. I made a batch of key-limeade (post to come) and was so impressed with the convenience of the simple syrup that I had left over – like not having to immediately dump granulated sugar into hot tea so that it actually dissolves by the time I have transformed into iced tea – that I made another batch. A really big batch. The problem is that every time I opened the fridge I had this huge container full of simple syrup staring at me. I can’t drink that much iced tea (I am the only one in the family that likes it), so I decided that I needed to find something to make with it.
At this point in the week, cranberry was the only juice I had left. Knowing that the kids would not go for the mouth-puckering tartness of straight cranberry juice, and wanting to move my refrigerator inventory to make space for this week’s grocery shopping trip, I thought these spritzers would be the perfect way to use up the leftover cranberry juice.
I loved the mellow flavor of the cranberry juice with the refreshing effervescence of the club soda. As you sip this cranberry spritzer, the sweetness from the simple syrup instantly coats your palate but the slight tartness of the cranberry juice lingers, making this drink the perfect way to cool down after an afternoon spent outside soaking up the sun.
- 2c club soda
- 1c cranberry juice
- ¼c – ½c simple syrup, to taste (recipe follows)
- Garnish with apple slices, if desired
- Ice cubes
- Fill four glasses with ice
- Add 1 -2 tbsp simple syrup to each glass
- Add ¼c cranberry juice to each glass
- Top glasses off with approximately ½c club soda, each
- Garnish with apple slices
- 2c granulated sugar
- 2c water
- Combine sugar and water in medium saucepan
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat, just until sugar has dissolved
- Cool completely