Cranberry-Lime Mocktail

December 27, 2023
This sweet and refreshing mocktail is the perfect drink to celebrate the New Year with the entire family!






- 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, plus more, for serving
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup frozen limeade concentrate (half of a 12-ounce can)
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime slices, for serving
- Seltzer, for serving
- Rosemary (optional garnish)


  1. Combine the cranberries, sugar and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Carefully smash the cranberries with a potato masher, then simmer the mixture until slightly reduced and dark red, about 10 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Strain the mixture through a strainer into a heatsafe container, pressing on the cranberry solids to extract all the juice. Let cool for 30 minutes.
  3. Combine the cranberry syrup with the limeade and lime juice in a pitcher and stir well.
  4. Mix equal parts of the drink mix and seltzer. Serve over ice with cranberries and a lime slice. Add rosemary as a garnish if desired.

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At nine years old, Ben Gaffney asked if he could work alongside his father, a chef, at Congress Rotisserie in New Haven. The elder Gaffney put the boy to work washing dishes for two years, in the hope that it would discourage his interest in the restaurant business.

But a calling is a calling. Ben Gaffney has spent his life since then pursuing the wonders of food, bringing Middlefield along for the ride as chef at Lyman Orchards since 2017.
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