Saturday, April 16, 2011

Got to love Spring sports in Indiana! Think hot: electric lemonade

Started my Saturday with a wonderful strong hot vinyasa yoga class.  Went straight home to the shower, cleaned up, dried off and bundled up for the lacrosse field.  Lord, it was freezing out there today.  Thankfully, Sara's Carmel team pulled out a victory in overtime.  But, seriously, overtime when you are freezing?  Not comfortable.
The joys of Spring sports in Indiana (or, for  that matter, anywhere else in the great Midwest where he have lived).  And I'm not just writing a post to avoid the chore that simply can not be avoided on a damp and cold Saturday:  cleaning the basement storage room.  Put if off so long and do not want to waste any good weather on it.  But still, writing even a short post is way more fun.
Sunny Sara last week Annaly Bay, St. Croix, USVI



Cold Sara (#3, hard to find under all the layers) this week, Carmel, IN
And so it is that I am posting today a recipe I am not preparing today, but it's a good one to apply a little mental imagery and take yourself to a warmer place.  Breathe deeply, close your eyes (well, don't or you won't be able to read this post) and venture out to your back deck on a hot summer evening.  Carry out a big pitcher of electric lemonade.  Pour over ice in tall glasses and sit back and relax with good friends on a nice evening.  I am promising you that this night will come.  And hit the nice nights hard early in the season before the mosquitoes decide to join you.  Come by our house and if the party lights are on, join us for a glass or two.  I am ready anytime!

Just remember to keep the great big bags of lemons and limes from Costco in your spare fridge all summer.  You can never have too much citrus.  Keep scurvy at bay!

Electric Lemonade by the Pitcher

2 C sugar
2 C water
2 C freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 or 4 mint sprigs
16-oz. lemon-flavored vodka
sparkling water (Pellegrino is my favorite)
freshly grated lemon zest, optional garnish

Make a simple syrup with the sugar and water:  Mix in a small pot and bring to a boil.  Boil or 3 minutes and cool.

In a big measuring cup or batter bowl, stir together 1 C syrup (you will probably add more to taste or you can save it in a glass jar in the refrigerator for mojitos or something else yummy), lemon juice and mint.  And now you can go one of two ways with this recipe.  If you are really feeling it, freeze this mixture in ice cube trays for one hour.  Then put the cubes in a blender along with a good pour of sparkling water and the vodka.  Serve in chilled glasses and garnish with mint sprigs and lemon zest, if desired.
If you don't have that kind of time or patience just pour it into a blender along with the vodka and a good pour of sparkling water (1/4 to 1/2 C) and ice cubes (or pour it over ice to serve).  Taste for sweetness.  You may need to add up to a 1/2 C or more of simple syrup.  Serve in a pretty glass pitcher.
However you like to blend and serve it.  Just taste for sweetness.  I have even skipped the whole blender part and made a big pitcher, muddling the mint like I would a batch of mojitos.



That's better!

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