Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Easy Concentration

Frozen Lemonade and Limeade concentrates are great products to have on hand. These concentrates can jazz up desserts, drinks and sauces in a pinch. Here are two ways to use these handy products during the summer months. Enjoy and have fun!

Cantina Cocktail (perfect poolside or hanging at the grill)

6 tall boy (16oz) beers: (I used an inexpensive light beer because I’m altering the taste of the beer)

1 (12oz) can frozen limeade concentrate



Margarita salt

If using glass beer mugs or glasses, run glasses under cold water and place upside down in freezer for 15 minutes.

Slice lime into wedges

Run a lime wedge around the rim of the glasses, dip in margarita salt and place back into the freezer.

In a large pitcher mix together concentrate and beer and place in fridge.

Fill glasses with ice, pour cocktail and place a lime wedge on edge of glass. Yummy and refreshing.

(Recipe serves 6, two cocktails each)

Icy Lemon Cups

1 quart vanilla ice cream (your favorite)

1 (12oz) can frozen lemonade concentrate

Lemons (I’m making 5 cups, plan on 1 lemon per serving and 1 for garnish)

Preparing Lemons:

Cut top off of the lemon, run a paring knife around the inside of the lemon to loosen the pulp. With a spoon, scoop out lemon and rinse. Cut a small piece off the bottom of the lemon so it can stand up. Repeat with all but one lemons. Put lemon cups in freezer.

Use remaining lemon for garnish. I am using a keyhole zester, the small holes, to create small thin strips of zest. Any tool you have will work. A microplane or even a veggie peeler will be great.


Mix 4 scoops of softened vanilla ice cream with 6ozs of lemonade concentrate in a bowl. If hard to combine ice cream and concentrate, use hand mixer. Cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 45 minutes.

Fill lemon cups to the rim with still soft ice cream mix. Clean up outside of cups. Place cups and ice cream mix back into freezer until mixture begins to harden, (about 2 hours). Top cups with hardened ice cream mix and sprinkle with lemon zest.

This is a smooth and fresh icy dessert that tastes delicious and looks fancy. Icy Lemon Cups make your guest feel special because you put that extra effort in the presentation.

Let me know what you think about using frozen concentrates to boost your recipes!!!


  1. New follower in the house! You just became my favorite site. Found you on Mommie Cooks and now I'm hooked. I LOVE the Cantina Cocktail. Great idea.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma, What's For Dinner

  2. Those both look delicious! I especially love how creative you were with the lemon. I can't say I've done much with concentrate, but I agree that the sky's most likely the limit.

    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It's really nice to meet you!

  3. I think its a great idea, we serve 100% fruit smoothies at school and I do get a fruit base to make them, I use that sometimes in some of the other desserts and sauces I make!

  4. Both recipes sound incredible! Funny enough I use frozen orange concentrate, mix it with herbs and baste my roasting chicken with it. It really gives it loads of flavor.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to leave a kind comment. I appreciate it!

  5. Wow, who knew! I love lemons and can't wait to try these out. I have a dinner party on Sunday and will use something from here.

    Great blog! Your daughter sent me over.


  6. ooh, these lemon cups look De-LISH!! Totally going to try them. xo -karrie

  7. oh my gosh! I love this! Thanks for teaching me how to properly prepare lemons to look and taste delish! I can't wait to try out this drink!!!

  8. What (non alcoholic) drink could you substitute the beer with?

    The lemon dessert looks and sounds delish!


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