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Mulled Apple Ale
Submitted by: Vadi
2 pounds good baking apples
5 cups ginger ale
5 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
peel of 1 orange in large chunks
apple slices
Bake the apples in a 400F oven on a cookie sheet for 30-45 minutes, or until very soft. Place the apples in a saucepan and mash. Add the ginger ale, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger, and orange peel. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool. Press the apple mixture through a sieve, trying to press as much of the apple through the sieve. Refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Heat the apple ale mixture in a saucepan until warmed through. Pour into mugs and garnish with apple slices.
Note: This is a delicious apple ginger drink. It does require quite a bit of preparation for a beverage, but most of it is done several days before the dinner.

Blue Lemonade
Submitted by: Creepy Cat Lady
4 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 lemons of juice and zest
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
Heat 2 cups of water with sugar, until sugar dissolves. Continue to heat for 5 minutes or so until it starts to thicken up. Add the rest of the water, zest and juice. Let cool to room temperature. Put the blueberries and blackberries in a blender and puree. Stir berries into the lemonade and let sit for 2 hours at room temperature. Strain lemonade and chill before serving.

Watermelon Lemonade
Submitted by: Creepy Cat Lady
8 cups seeded watermelon cut into 1-inch chunks
1 cup hulled and quartered fresh strawberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
2 cups water (approximately)
thin watermelon wedges with the rind (optional)
In a food processor fitted with a steel blade, pulse the watermelon, strawberries, and sugar until blended and smooth.Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a 2-quart container, pushing down on the solids to get all the juice. Add the lemon juice and enough of the water to make 1 1/2 quarts. Chill until very cold. Serve over ice with a wedge of watermelon, if desired. Yield: about 1 1/2 quarts.
Note: Lately, the news from the health circles is that watermelons have extra-good stuff in them. Combining two of summer’s favorites, watermelon and lemonade, seems only natural.

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