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A touch of rum gives a trop­i­cal twist to this fab­u­lous home­made lemon­ade. For an easy vari­a­tion, sub­sti­tute your fa­vorite vodka for the rum.

—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Prep: 15 min. + chill­ing Makes: 8 serv­ings (2 qt.)

2¹ ₄ cups sugar

5 cups wa­ter, di­vided 1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest 1³ ₄ cups fresh lemon juice 1 cup light rum or vodka 6 to 8 cups ice cubes GAR­NISH

Lemon slices 1. In a large saucepan, com­bine sugar, 1 cup wa­ter and lemon zest. Cook and stir over medium heat un­til sugar is dis­solved, about 4 min­utes. Re­move from the heat. Stir in lemon juice and re­main­ing wa­ter. Pour into a 2-qt. pitcher; re­frig­er­ate un­til chilled.

2. Stir in rum. For each serv­ing, place ³₄-1 cup ice in a Collins or high­ball glass. Pour lemon­ade mix­ture into glass. Gar­nish with lemon slices as de­sired. Per cup: 296 cal., 0 fat (0 sat. fat), 0 chol., 1mg sod., 61g carb. (56g sug­ars, 0 fiber), 0 pro.

Two kinds of berries go into this de­li­cious jam. I al­ways keep some of the spread on hand to en­joy for break­fast or as a sweet treat dur­ing the day.

—Irene Hagel, Choice­land, SK

Prep: 15 min. Process: 10 min.

Makes: about 8 half-pints

5 cups fresh or frozen rasp­ber­ries 3 cups fresh or frozen blue­ber­ries 1 Tbsp. bot­tled lemon juice

1 Tbsp. grated lemon zest 1 pkg. (1³ ₄ oz.) pow­dered fruit pectin 6 cups sugar

1. In a Dutch oven, com­bine the berries, lemon juice, zest and pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil over high heat, stir­ring con­stantly. Stir in the sugar; return to a full rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute, stir­ring con­stantly.

2. Re­move from heat; skim off any foam. Care­fully la­dle hot mix­ture into hot half­pint jars, leav­ing ¹₄ in. of headspace. Re­move air bub­bles; wipe jar rims and ad­just lids. Process for 10 min­utes in a boil­ing-wa­ter can­ner.

Note: The pro­cess­ing time listed is for al­ti­tudes of 1,000 feet or less. Add 1 minute to the pro­cess­ing time for each 1,000 feet of ad­di­tional al­ti­tude.

Per 2 Tbsp.: 86 cal., 0 fat (0 sat. fat), 0 chol., 0 sod., 22g carb. (20g sug­ars, 1g fiber), 0 pro.

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