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Spiked Cranberry Sweet Tea Palmer’s

We’ve had some wacky winter weather so far here in Texas.   My boys are wanting their snow jackets, sleds and snowmen, but I have to say…I’m pretty content in my flip flops and tank tops.

Given that it’s MUCH warmer than usual, I am not craving a hot toddy but in fact something a bit more refreshing…and what’s more summer’y than sweet tea and lemonade!   This time I wanted to take the otherwise known “Arnold Palmer” up a notch by incorporating a VERY easy flavored simple syrup made with fresh Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries…Making it into the most perfect southern libation!

To pick up your very own bag of Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries, you can go online to http://www.CapeCodSelect.com to order online/find your location or head to my favorite local pick up at:

Central Market

4651 WestFree way 
Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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The Starting Lineup

  • Cranberry Simple Syrup *(recipe below)
  • Sweet Tea Vodka
  • Sweet Tea (store bought or homemade)
  • Lemonade (homemade ..or the real stuff please if store bought 😉
  • Ice, cranberries and lemon wedges (garnish)

Cranberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup Cape Cod Select Premium Frozen Cranberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 granulated sugar

In a blender, pulse the cranberries till they’re nice and minced up.  Next add these along with the water and sugar to a small saucepan a bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Stirring often to combine.

Once the sugar has disolved, remove from heat and pour into a sieve or fine mesh cloth over a bowl to remove excess cranberry pieces (optional).  Often times I use as is because I like the texture from the cranberry bits.

Transfer to a sealed jar and refridgerate for up to a week.  

In your cocktail glass of choice, fill to the brim with ice and pour in 2-3oz of Sweet Tea flavored vodka.  Follow that with equal parts Sweat Tea and Lemonade leaving about 1/2 inch from the top.

Drizzle in a good ounce of your fresh cranberry simple syrup (give a quick stir) and top off with another floater of sweat tea vodka!  I like to garnish mine with a fresh lemon wedge and more cranberries…I also like to use a big ol’ glass for these too! 😉

Chewy Lemon Curd Cookie Bars

I’m a HUGE junkie for lemon anything…some of my fondest memories are from when we’d eat at Marie Callendars restaurant as a child (when they were still everywhere) and my parents would let me order a big slice of Lemon Meringue pie…or even their Sour Cream Lemon (drooling!!) after my dinner.   I could also eat it all and not gain an ounce, not THATS a great memory in itself!

Anyway.  On the other side is my husband and he is a cookie fanatic..similar to the Cookie Monster if you will (I mean that in the nicest of ways 😉  So with this quick to assemble recipe I was thinking of both of us…and we both loved it indeed!

The Starting Lineup

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, melted (1/2 cup)
  • 10oz jar lemon curd
  • Powdered sugar, garnish  

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, melt the butter in the microwave (30 second increments).  Next remove the bowl of melted butter and whisk in the granulated and light brown sugar till just combined. 

 Now stir in the flour to finish off the crust and crumble topping (*reserve about 1 cup for the “crumble”). 

 Grease roughly a 9×9 greased baking dish and spoon in the crust mixture while pressing it evenly into the dish with your fingers. 

 Next simply pour the lemon curd overtop of your pressed in crust (*use a rubber spatula or back of a spoon to gently spread).  Sprinkle the remaining dough overtop of the crust in that crumble fashion 😉 

    Pop the now filled baking dish into the oven for 35-40 minutes (uncovered) and then allow to cool for 15 minutes.  Place in the refridgerator for about 45-60 minutes to fully cool (here is where you eat dinner to pass the time ;)).

Cut into bars and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  These slighty crunchy, super chewy, sweet & tart delights will go fast! 


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