The Shady Porch: Refreshing Fruity Beverage: Roy Rogers


Refreshing Fruity Beverage: Roy Rogers

A refreshing beverage is one of life's joy spots, like taking a nap, reading a good book, or a receiving a spontaneous hug from a child. It revives and stimulates you for another round. This summer we decided to experiment with some new beverages (we do not use alcohol, so these are called mocktails), and, since we love lemonades and other fruit-flavored drinks in the summer, I purchased a grenadine syrup (a staple at bars for traditional cocktails), Grenadine is a fruit juice concentrate and just a little adds a full, sweet flavor to the beverage. It can also be used to flavor water as well...which I believe may be healthier than the powder packets. The first drink I prepared was called a Roy Rogers after the wholesome, old-time singer/actor known as the King of the Cowboys who, coincidentally, grew up just a few miles down the Ohio River from our house. 
This new cooler will be a steady presence in our fridge for the remainder of the summer, and likely a movie night treat through the fall and winter.  

7 - 8 tsp. grenadine syrup *
28 oz. ginger ale
14 oz. lemon-lime soda

Pour the above ingredients in a pitcher and stir well. Pour into a glass over ice and serve. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry, if desired. This recipe makes about 3/4 of a gallon since that is the size of my pitcher (93 oz).

*the grenadine syrup I used contains concentrated fruit juices (like raspberry, elderberry, redcurrant, blackcurrant, and lemon)
 you can purchase it in other flavor combinations.
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NOTE- After enjoying our new concoction, I found other recipes that describe a Roy Rogers as cola and grenadine. I think it is a distinction without a difference...but it sounds like a great idea for the next pitcher!

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