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I don’t know about you but I’m in this interesting spot this holiday season. I want my house decorated and Christmasy… I want to bake lots of cookies and have my house smelling good… I want to prepare a lavish meal on Christmas Day… but I’m tired.. And my schedule is so packed with things to do that finding time to stop and enjoy this season is difficult. I bought fresh cranberries when they were on sale and my mom made a wonderful baked cranberry dish with them. But I had leftovers. And I didn’t want them to go to waste – especially this time of the year when they are so festive looking. So I decided to make a very simple and very affordable (emphasis on very) mocktail that highlighted the cranberries and 7UP.
I headed to Walmart to purchase 7UP and cranberry juice. (The next time I make this drink, I’m planning on trying it with Canada Dry Ginger Ale®. I’m thinking that the ginger flavor would go perfectly with cranberry juice as well!)
I had fresh oranges and cranberries in my fridge. I wanted this drink to be really really simple to make. The cranberry juice I purchased was not 100% juice. It had some sugar which I knew would add sweetness. If you like drinks that are less sweet, you could definitely purchase 100% Cranberry Juice and just add a little sugar if you need to sweeten it.
So for my Cranberry 7UP Mocktail, the ingredients are 7UP®, Cranberry Juice Blend, fresh cranberries and sliced oranges. While I placed the oranges delicately on the side of my glasses, they added an excellent flavor to the drink. If I make a full pitcher of this Cranberry 7UP Mocktail, I will add lots of slices of oranges because their citrus flavor mixed with the tart cranberry and fizzing 7UP was perfect.
Cranberry & 7UP® Mocktail Recipe
Ingredients (Serves two)
1 Cup 7UP®
1 Cup Cranberry Juice Blend
Fresh Cranberries & Sliced Oranges for garnish
**If you decide to make an adult cocktail, you could substitute 1/2 cup champagne or sparkling wine for 1/2 cup of the 7UP!
Mix 7UP and Cranberry Juice together. Top with fresh cranberries and sliced oranges. Tip – the sliced orange adds amazing flavor to your drink!
Have you used 7UP in any festive drinks? Please share your recipes! I would love to hear what drinks you like to make!