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Cranberry Lime Refresher (Refined Sugar Free)

Yields3 ServingsPrep Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins

This is such a bright and refreshing seasonal drink. Cranberries contain one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any fruit and they pair well with all citrus. Most drinks like this call for making a simple syrup which is loaded with refined sugars. I find that maple syrup, grape nectar, liquid stevia and raw honey work well as a sugar replacement. I suggest straining the juice through a cheesecloth or through a yogurt straining bag. I highly recommend the Ellies best "Bigger Better Greek Yogurt Strainer Bag" as it works flawlessly to strain the initial cranberry lime mixture removing some of the unpleasant pulp and cranberry skin. You can find yours at elliesbest.com, use code "rocksanddirt" for 10 % off your entire order. If you make extra of this store it in the fridge in a sealed glass jar and shake well before serving. Since cranberries are naturally very low in carbohydrates this drink (minus the alcohol) if made with a KETO approved liquid sweetener is KETO friendly!

 ½ cup fresh or frozen cranberries
 2 limes, peel removed, leaving about 1 inch section of lime peel intact
 2 ½ cups filtered water620 ml
 3 -4 tbsp maple syrup or sweetener of your choice 45-60 ml
 fresh cranberries (4 per drink)
 fresh rosemary as garnish (optional)
 ice (optional)
 clear spirts such as botanical gin or vodka (optional)
 tonic or sugar free spritzer (optional)
1

Put the cranberries, limes and water in a high speed blender and whir until smooth about 2 minutes. Strain the cranberries and lime through a cheesecloth or yogurt strainer bag over a medium bowl. Pour the strained juice back into the blender and add maple syrup or preferred sweetener and blend for another 20 seconds or so. Pour into a glass mason jar.

2

Serve the drink as is or with a flavoured sugar free spritzer, sparkling water or serve with clear spirit of your choice, such as a vodka or botanical gin. If you serve this with alcohol the ratio would be 1 part of alcohol, 1 part of tonic to 2 parts cranberry lime juice. Serve with ice if desired and garnish with rosemary. Add about 4 cranberries to each serving and enjoy the sour punch that they give to the drink as you bite into them.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 glass

Servings 3