And, don't even get me started on the $5 frou-frou drinks.
Spouse 1.0 does not share this philosophy. And, because I really don't want him to be dead, I'm always on the lookout for low-sugar alternatives. Preferably ones not loaded with chemical sweeteners.
To that end, liquid vanilla stevia has become my best friend. Powdered stevia is nasty. Liquid stevia is less nasty. Liquid vanilla stevia is almost bearable. Liquid vanilla stevia mixed with a caloric sweetener such as agave, honey, or organic cane sugar is actually quite pleasant.
This lemonade is easy to make, just sweet enough, and has less than 40 calories per cup. Depending on how you shop, it's probably under $1.00 per bottle -- less than 1/4 the cost of commercial drinks.
Easy Cranberry Lemonade
1.5 ounces bottled pure lemon juice
1.5 ounces bottled pure, unsweetened cranberry juice
1 ounce honey, agave syrup, or ginger syrup (Spouse 1.0 prefers the latter.)
About 35 drops liquid vanilla stevia (Whole Foods brand is best.)
Add all ingredients to a 32 ounce container. Add a little warm filtered water and mix well. Add cool filtered water until the container is almost full. Mix, taste, and adjust. If you want things a little sweeter, add a couple of drops of the stevia and a drizzle of syrup. If you want things a little more puckersome, add some more lemon and/or cranberry juice. Chill and enjoy.