I am a child of the 1970s, which means that to me, the word summer conjures up images of scorching hot days, the smell of coconut oil, the back deck of the cottage and a beautiful view of the lake. I remember my mom and her friends, in their crisp white short shorts, fabulous long wavy hair and sun-kissed skin gathering on the deck at the end of the day and chatting for hours about politics and life and their families. This nightly get-together was of course enhanced by my dad serving cocktails that to me seemed mysterious and fabulous and the sign of being a grown-up. My mother’s go to drink was always a gin and tonic, which my dad adjusted and made better with Canada Dry Bitter Lemon. Sadly we stopped being able to buy bitter lemon, so now my husband makes it for me with lots of lime and Gingerale. It is so refreshing and delicious that it brings me right back to my parent’s deck on a hot summer’s day. Here is the recipe if you want to try it out…but remember, it tastes best if drunk while sitting in a 1970’s fabric lawn chair, overlooking the lake, and discussing late into the night with your girl friends.
- 1 shot of gin
- 1/2 a lime
- Lots of ice
- 1/2 can of Canada Dry gingerale
- Put a shot of gin in a tall glass. Squeeze half a lime into the glass. Add lots of ice. Fill up the glass with gingerale. It has to be Canada Dry though, not Schweppes, as Canada Dry just tastes so much better. Stir and enjoy :-).