Wednesday, April 22, 2009
"Summer Refreshers" or Drinks for When You Collapse After Gardening
I'm still working at trying to get plants out (herbs and a small vegetable patch) and keeping the new trees and shrubs watered (part of our landscape overhaul). I'll tell you...I've always admired people who live in the country and farm for a living, but I have a new-found appreciation just for small-time gardeners! They make it look so beautiful and effortless; it is so much work, time, and dedication to using a garden hose until those plants get established...then comes the weeding. I have to say, though, that there is such a sense of accomplishment and self sufficiency when you get done watering, hoeing, weeding... or whatever and plop into the lawn chair for a cold drink and a "sit" to admire your handiwork.
That made me think that since I'm short on time today, and hot and thirsty, I would share some summer drink ideas.
Sassafras Tea (Mammam used to make this in the Spring when I was little)
Lina Michael/Paden City, WV
Wash roots well.
Put 6 roots in pan or coffee pot with about a quart of water.
Place on fire and boil until you have a fairly strong tea.
Add water and sugar (or Splenda) to taste.
(She used to claim that this drink, "cleaned out your system"-like a spring tonic!)
Sparkling Apple Juice (got this one from an older lady at a Ladies' Club Tea)
1/2 C apple juice
1/2 ginger ale
Combine. This makes a single serving, but you get the idea...one part apple juice to one part ginger ale.
(Miss Betty Robb/ Fort Deposit, Alabama)
1 12 oz. can frozen pink lemonade
1 12 oz. can frozen orange juice
1/2 container Crystal Light Iced Tea Mix
In large pitcher, mix lemonade, OJ, and tea mix.
Add water to taste.
Chill at least 2 hrs. prior to serving.
Serve over ice.
Add sprig of fresh mint (opt.) Makes 1 1/2 to 2 qts.
(Marcia Jeffries/ Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)
1 46 oz. can unsweetened pineapple juice
4 C water
2 C fresh lemon juice
1 1/3 C sugar
Combine all ingredients, stirring until sugar dissolves.
Serve over ice. Yield: 3 quarts.